February 2012 - Events, News, Opportunities & Editorial from across the Hunter Region


Queensland Poetry Festival invites expressions of interest and proposals from poets, performer, and artists interested in being part of the 16th annual three-day festival spoken in one strange word. QPF 2012 will run from 24 – 26 August at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. ... Read more

Position readvertised: Business and Funding Development Coordinator

We are readvertising the position of Business and Funding Development Coordinator. This is a brand new position that will build business relationships and source funds through a variety of means, including: grants, philanthropy, Foundations & Trusts, sponsorship, donor programs and in-kind sponsorship. ...
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GRANTS: Country Arts Support Program (CASP)

Applications for the 2012 round of CASP are now open, for projects taking place between 9 April 2012 and 7 April 2013. Applicants will be advised of a decision on 26 March. CASP provides small grants to arts and community organisations and local arts councils in regional NSW for short term, locally initiated projects. The aims of the program are: ...
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Expression of Interest Open - Youth Week in Newcastle

Youth Week 2012 is back again with the theme – IMAGINE. CREATE. INSPIRE. – and once again we are calling for expressions of interest from organisations, and particularly YOUNG PEOPLE directly, to apply for funding through Newcastle Youth Council to run events for this year! ...
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Octapod blog: Welcome back!

Octapod has opened its doors and let 2012 in. Keep updated with Octapod news in our weekly blog:
http://octapodartsandculture.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/welcome-back/   Cheers The Octapod Team ... Read more


The Olive Tree Market REQUIRES a WEB SAVY Graphic Designer or Website Person who can urgently update The Olive Tree Market Website using the WORDPRES Platform. Is this you?! If you charge reasonable rates and work quickly please get in conatct assap to:
enquire@theolivetreemarket.com.au Thanks!! Justine   ... Read more

Artists and Craft Stall Holders Wanted

 Art in the Vines is a monthly event hosted by Pioneer Ridge Estate Boutique Winery in Medowie.  The event is held every 3rd Saturday of the month between 11am and 2pm We are looking for artists and craft stall holders interested in being a part of this event Free stall space, no commission ...
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Sing with the Waratah Girls Choir

Being part of the Waratah Girls Choir is more than just singing for a couple of hours on a Monday night.  There's fun and adventure as well as hard work.  You get to travel, participate in music camps, social events and performances, and get involved in community projects. There are also scholarship opportunities available. ...
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Call for artists: Seascape and Beyond Art Exhibition and Fundraiser

Seascape and Beyond Art Exhibition and Fundraiser - Proudly supporting beyondblue: the national depression and anxiety initiative. 27-29 April 2012 at Merewether Surf Life Saving Club. Open to community and professional artists. Closing date for entries Thursday 5 April 2012. All categories of artworks for sale. ...
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REVIEW: Midsummer Night's Dream

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Octapod blog: This is Your Brief

Octapod has two new paid positions available! Applications are now being received for the Community Liaison Officer and This Is Not Art Festival Coordinator. Find out about these positions as well as the latest Media Space and Capsule Short Flim Night updates. Cheers The Octapod Team ...
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Position available: This Is Not Art Festival Coordinator

Position Available: This Is Not Art Festival Coordinator The Octapod Association is seeking a passionate and experienced event manager to coordinate the This Is Not Art Festival in 2012. ...
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Position available: Community Liaison Officer

POSITION AVAILABLE: COMMUNITY LIAISON OFFICER The Octapod is looking to appoint a media savvy person to promote Octapod and raise its profile within the community. ...
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Four Weeks til Belly Dance festival!

Festival time is drawing near in Newcastle with just over Four weeks to go!   There are 16 Workshops on offer with a wide range of Classical, Modern Day Bellydance & Stylistic Fusion to choose from, Drumming, Indian Dance & Yoga.  Spaces are available in all Workshops, but filling fast now, so don't miss out on your favourite Presenter or trying out that new genre! ...
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> Adult Art Class: Watercolours with Ileana Clarke 23 Feb 12> 22 Mar 12 ...
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Gala Night @ Dungeon Jazz

   A night to remember - with  ...
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Short + Sweet By the Sea

Experience Short+Sweet theatre in one of Newcastle’s iconic outdoor locations, Nobbys Lighthouse. See four outstanding 10-minute plays from Newcastle’s Short+Sweet 2011 Festival. ...
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Our World Unseen

Our World Unseen is a collection of visual stories collected through Conor Ashleigh's work as a documentary photographer. Conor has worked throughout Asia, the Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Indian sub-continent and this exhibition is a rare show case of 20 poignant stories collected along the way. ...
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Look Who's Talking - Memory or Myth?

What are some of our local flood stories? ...
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Free Earthbagging Workshop

Rebecca Whan - recently returned from Brazil - will be conducting an earthbagging workshop at the garden the 3rd week-end in Feb. Council are paying for this workship - so it's free. If you know anyone who might be interested in learning this wonderful, and cheap building technique please see and pass on the flyers - or info ...
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Art in the Vines

 Come along to Art in the Vines at Pioneer Ridge Estate Boutique Winery in Medowie. The event is held every 3rd Saturday of the month between 11am and 2pm. Local artists will be showcasing and selling their art amongst the vineyard. There will be free wine tastings held in the new Cellar Wine Bar. Try the new chocolate or cheese plates with our wine selection! ...
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Global 24 hours of action for Australia’s forests!

Join us on Wednesday 15th February 2012 Join us on Wednesday 15th February 2012 to stand up for our forests, support Miranda Gibson’s inspiring action and get logging out of our native forests forever. Sometimes the actions of one person can inspire thousands of others. ...
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Permaculture Hunter Monthly Meeting

 Permaculture Hunter - what's coming up this year - perma-blitzes, food forest, workshops, farm tours, Permaculture Day, Monthly Meetings (3rd Wed) with great speakers, plant of the month, permaculture library, books and info. and lovely people, Farmers Market stall (4th Sun) ...
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Fiddler on the Roof

Opera Hunter presents Fiddler on the Roof EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE UNTIL FEBRUARY 28TH Shows in two locations: ...
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It's Only Madness

Via Grant Hunter: "I really like Batman so at 2pm on Sunday Feb 5 at ARThive I will be unveiling 20 new paintings of various Batman villains, including The Joker, Mister Freeze, Penguin, Killer Croc, Two-Face, Clock King, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Black Ma ...
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Author Magdalena Ball at Lake Macquarie FAW

  Fellowship of Australian Writers Lake Macquarie Branch ...
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Arias & ARIAS

An Evening of Opera, Piano & Light Music with Allegra Giagu (soprano) & Best Classical Album 2011 ARIA Winner, Sally Whitwell (pianist) Saturday, 4 February 2012, 18:30 Laguna Hall, Great North Road Laguna, NSW All proceeds go to the restoration fund for St. John's Anglican Church, Wollombi - A local historic building. ...
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Look Who's Talking - Brian Thacker

Brian Thacker is a comedian and author of 7 travel books. His latest book, Tell them to get lost, retraces the footsteps of the first ever Lonely Planet guidebook. Along the way Brian met a cast of folk from the old guidebook who are still manning hotel desks and serving in restaurants. Join Brian as he recounts his latest tale of mishap and mistaken misadventure. ...
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