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Newcastle -The Big Picture

Our City, Their Canvas. Jayme Zimmermann chats about the national street art festival brightening Newcastle this weekend

Newcastle’s streets are set to transform this weekend during ‘The Big Picture Fest Newcastle’. Over the course of three days, this international street art festival will see renowned international artists team up with local artists to paint up to 12 large scale murals on buildings across the city during the live event.

‘The Big Picture Festival’ is proudly presented by Newcastle Afoot and supported by The City of Newcastle, the Hunter, and Central Coast Development Corporation. In this current climate, I believe this event is a great opportunity to support the arts, especially in supporting our local artists, as well as allowing a well organised social-distanced event for individuals to enjoy. The creative community in Newcastle during COVID-19 has been hit with many battles and I think this festival is a great first step in re-establishing and prioritising the arts sector in Newcastle.

This amazing event will take place from the 2nd– 4th of October 2020. People are invited to view the impressive large-scale art by downloading the map to check out and explore the new and improved cityscapes. At this event there will be something for everyone with artist talks, walking tours, tech installations, and workshops also present.

Artists include:

  • Fintan Magee
  • Inari
  • Brontë Naylor
  • Ellie Hannon
  • Mitch Revs
  • Vans the Omega
  • Olas One
  • Tom Henderson
  • Patricia Van Lubeck
  • Jordan Lucky
  • Sophia Flegg
  • Jasmine Craciun

Follow @thebigpicturefest and the hashtags #yourcityourcanvas #thebigpicturefest on socials to get live updates of the event or head to for more information.

Feature Image: Xavier Williams, Yak Media Designer

In-text Image: Jayme Zimmermann, Yak Media Writer

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