I can’t believe it has been a whole year since I went up to Newcastle for Electrofringe, part of the This is Not Art festival. While there, I took some photos to give you an idea of typical Newcastle life.
Newcastle residents demonstrate their immense affection and respect for Shannon Noll
Shannon’s support of the local poultry industry is key to his popularity
They sure do love Shannon over in Newcastle
Impressive shading work
Cutting-edge Newcastle infrastructure
Local Newcastle nightclub
Local Newcastle kebab shop
Local Newcastle bar
Local Newcastle bistro and beer garden
This man makes musical instruments out of electrical motors and relays. I think his hair got like that when he plugged the machine into his ear by accident.
It flashes and makes musical noises. Bizarro.
Charming Newcastle waterfront scenery, as seen from swanky Newcastle bar
Friendly Newcastle locals in their traditional costumes
Very good-looking man (obviously not from Newcastle)
Well-behaved, conservatively dressed and demure young ladies having a quiet night out in Newcastle
Seriously, though, the Newcastle CBD has been in decline since the BHP steelworks closed in 1999.
Happily, TINA founder Marcus Westbury is also the driving force behind Renew Newcastle, a program which aims to rejuvenate Newcastle’s moribund city centre by allowing artists, cultural projects and community groups to use vacant buildings at no charge.
Judging from recent footage and reporting, it seems to be working.