Friday, September 21, 2007

Local lineup for TINA


Locals from across the Hunter Valley will take to the stage alongside national and international performers in the 2007 This Is Not Art Festival later this month.

For more than 100 local artists, This Is Not Art is all about mixing it with the best for five days of workshops, panels, events, and performances from the hottest emerging writers, electronic artists, independent music makers and cultural theorists.

Hunter talent will be on display in bands, film screenings, discussion panels, poetry performances, music events, dramatic spectacles and much more.

Many are ready and rearing to go with just over a week until the festival kicks off.

Local group, Ergo B Bag and His All Action Allstars will present a spectacle for the audience, as they perform a dramatic and eccentric piece about love, egotism and partying.

The 14 piece group are known around Newcastle for their unusual and experimental performance at the 2006 ABC Music Awards, which stunned audiences and judges alike. Rumor has it the Lycra one-piece suits they will be wearing channel the glory of Jesus Christ Super Star.

Other local highlights, the Balkan Gypsy Wedding, will be appearing on Friday night. This themed evening encourages everyone to dress up 80s euro-gangster-style for the chaotic celebration of a gypsy matrimony. Newcastle theatrical band, Mojo Juju and the Snake Oil Merchants, will open the night, setting the scene for a night of side splitting belly laughs and twisted fun.

These, and more than 80 others, will fly the Newcastle performance flag during the five day event.

Ergo B Bag, the Balkan Gypsy Wedding and Mojo Juju and the Snake Oil Merchants are available for interviews and photo opportunities. For more information please contact Marni Jackson or visit


Media Contact: Marni Jackson

This Is Not Art Festival Coordinator

Phone: 0423 613 904

Please see attached a day by day run down of when and where some of our local performers will be on show at This Is Not Art 2007.

· Streetsweeper – An independent and locally written, directed and produced feature film shot on HD equipment in 72 hours, with no sets and lights, by a crew moving 6km a day on foot. The film follow's a ramble from sunrise at Nobby's Beach to sunset at Hexham Bridge, Newcastle’s streetscape whispered in a poem of moving pictures, found text, and transcendental guitars. Introduced by the Director. Screening to be held at the Civic Arcade(The Studio) on Monday 1 October at 3pm.

· Casio Gloria – Performing in Speechless. Spoken word gets mashed with sound and lights at the National Young Writers Festival cross-platform performance showcase. From cross-dressing sound poetry bunnies to full-frontal audience intimidation, join Australia’s most innovative show-offs as they push the boundaries of what can be done with a microphone. Jenna Gill as Casio Gloria performing Friday 28 September from 7.30pm at the Festival Club.

· Ergo B Bag and His All Action Allstars – at the Modular Party. For the first time ever, inspirational record label Modular will be hosting a party in Newcastle, as part of Sound Summit. Held at King St Hotel, Thursday 27 September from 8pm.

· Ivy Ireland – A local poet, harpist and performer will come to life launching Incidental Complications a book published under the Poets Union's Australian Young Poets 2007 Fellows award. She will be joined by local performers interpreting her work. A local poetry focussed extravaganza not to be missed. Performing at the Royal Exchange, Bolton St on Saturday 29 Sept, 8-10pm.

· Neda Moskovsky and Claire Albrecht – Two young event producers who have curated the Sunday Fair gigs stage, featuring performances by local acts dog_boy_lover and Throbgoblin vs Base Electron and a return by ex-Newcastle electronica outfit Ionic. Also,local DIY art and craftists will sell their wares at the fair in Civic Park, Sunday 30 September, 12-6pm

· Newcastle Zine History Walking Tour hosted by local zine maker and DJ Ash Baker, takes in a number of sites in Newcastle's underground cultural history. Tour departs from the TINA Info Booth, Civic Park Monday 01 September, 1pm.

· Lunchbox Theatre by Tantrum Theatre involves young actors, writers and directors performing short works in local cafes each day of the festival. Thursday 27 Sept 12pm Three Monkeys Cafe, Darby St; Friday 28 Sept 12pm Bodega Espresso Bar, King St; Saturday 29 Sept 12pm Juicy Beans Cafe, Wheeler Place.

· Balkan Gypsy Wedding – featuring Mojo Juju & the Snake Oil Merchants and local roving theatre troupe Lovelorn Living Party, plus other acts from across Australia. At the Festival Club, 5 Auckland St, Friday 28 Sept, 9.30pm

For more information on local performers and their events, contacts and photos, please contact Marni Jackson.

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