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Newcastle's Cultural Scene Set to Flourish with Government Funding Boost

Newcastle's vibrant cultural landscape is poised for a significant uplift as three local events receive a combined $60,000 in funding from the NSW Government's 2024/25 Regional Event Fund. The initiative aims to bolster both established and emerging events, drawing in locals and visitors alike to the bustling coastal city.


Shakespeare Under the Stars, organised by Whale Chorus Theatre Company, has been awarded $20,000 under the Incubator Event stream. This funding is designed to help new events find their footing in the competitive arts scene.


"Whale Chorus is absolutely thrilled to receive support from Destination NSW to bring Shakespeare Under the Stars to Newcastle audiences and beyond. Our event has been so popular with Newcastle audiences, and we are excited to welcome new visitors to our city to enjoy our unique open-air theatre right on the Newcastle coastline," said Janie Gibson, Artistic Director of Whale Chorus.


Meanwhile, two well-known festivals, New Annual and Newcastle Fringe Festival, each received $20,000 under the Flagship Event stream. This funding aims to elevate the profile of these emerging events, which have already become integral parts of Newcastle's cultural calendar.


Tim Crakanthorp, Member for Newcastle said the funding highlighted the importance of these events for the city's identity and economy.


"The Regional Event Fund will help these organisers deliver events that Newcastle can be proud of and will play a key role in stimulating the Hunter region's visitor economy," Crakanthorp said.


"Shakespeare Under the Stars has great potential to amplify the cultural identity of our beautiful city. Events like New Annual and Newcastle Fringe have become mainstays on the Newcastle cultural calendar, and I can't wait to see them grow even further."


There is no doubt that the impact of such events on Newcastle's cultural and economic landscape is significant.


"Since launching New Annual in 2021, we've invested more than $3 million into developing and delivering our flagship festival as part of our wider commitment to arts and culture in our city," Nelmes stated. "In that time, New Annual has cemented its place in the events calendar, attracting 95,000 visitors to Newcastle across its first three years," said City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.


The funding is part of a larger $1.3 million initiative by the NSW Government to support regional events across the state.


As Newcastle prepares to host these enhanced cultural offerings, the city is set to further solidify its position as a premier destination for arts and culture in New South Wales. With the combined efforts of local organisers and government support, Newcastle's events scene is poised for an exciting future, promising enriching experiences for residents and visitors alike.


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