Vealmince’s anthropological expedition to the ancient ruins of Novocastria

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.

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.

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