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City Evolutions lights up Newcastle by shining a light on the city’s past and illuminating the bright future ahead

When City Evolutions launched on June 21 2013, over 20,000 Newcastle residents got an insight into the city that once was, and also glimpsed the city they could soon become.

“The ten artworks tell old stories,” says Jan Ross from the City of Newcastle, “but they also bring to light the new bars, restaurants and night-spots springing up in that area.”

Watt Street might be Newcastle’s oldest thoroughfare but it’s smack bang in the vital tourism region of the East, so uniquely placed to spark a revival in the nighttime economy.

“We want to bring people back to the CBD,” says Ross. “City Evolutions merges two of Newcastle’s great strengths – her rich history and her creativity and innovation.”

Delivering art to the masses will revive retail too. “We want venues taking advantage of the foot traffic from locals, tourists and families,” Ross says. So far so good. “In the first month alone two new venues opened.”

Despite 78 submissions Australia-wide, the ten City Evolutions projects were created by teams from fine arts, architecture and technology faculties of University of Newcastle. “And there’s more to come,” reckons Ross. “We’ll be creating markets, art, music and more during the year.” cityevolutions.com.

And there's more than meets the eye...

See Change Festival
Activating at various city centre venues. Oct 2013.

Special Olympics 2013
Asia Pacific Games Closing ceremony of the Asia Pacific Games. Watt St. Sat Dec 7.

The Lock-Up Cultural Centre
Once Newcastle police station (from 1861 to 1982), it's now a multi-arts centre/gallery/museum. Ongoing events. 9 Hunter St.

Curve Gallery
Contemporary art from local and global stars. Ongoing events. 37 Watt St.

Looking for more events? Go to visit City Evolutions.

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Updated on 10 Mar 2014.

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