City Centre Events Funded

Filed under Culture & Language, Event & Venue, News ~ by Press on  20 Nov 2019

Street basketball and a public art festival are among 15 events sharing $820,000 funding to enliven urban precinct.

The funding came from City of Newcastle’s Special Business Rate, a business levy paid by property owners in the CBD and Darby Street to attract visitors.

From music and street art festivals, to a new interactive app showcasing the city’s heritage buildings, this round of funding will inject regular and varied activity to the CBD, and help deliver two events in Hamilton and Wallsend,” said Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.

The second round of expressions of interest for local business districts, such as Wallsend, New Lambton and Hamilton, will open in the New Year and we’re looking forward to seeing what innovative and unique ideas are out there.”

Basketballers will descend on Newcastle in January to contest an inaugural three-on-three basketball tournament, to be staged by successful applicant Playgrounds Park.

Teams and their entourages rotate between Wheeler Place, Customs House Plaza and Honeysuckle, where quick paced, 10-minute matches will be played on world-class temporary half courts.

Our event will bring 3 on 3 basketball, which is the largest urban team sport in the world, into the heart of Newcastle’s city centre from January 18 to 19,” Playgrounds Park’s spokeswoman Sally Leacy said.

We’re planning for Newcastle to become Australia’s home of 3 on 3 basketball, a phenomenon which has taken-off overseas and brought thousands of visitors to host cities across the world.”

Another grant recipient, Big Picture Festival, expects to draw 15,000 people to the city to see large murals painted by world-renowned artists and to enjoy a ‘block party,’ tech installations and art projections.

In yet another, tourists, students and heritage buffs can explore the city’s history through the History Here initiative, giving smart phone users a look back in time at Newcastle Post Office, Civic Theatre and Bank Corner with an augmented reality experience.

Visit Newcastle Afoot for more information.

The full list of SBRP funding recipients is available on City of Newcastle’s website here.

Artist Olas One (Nick Stuart) puts the finishing touches on his Big Picture Festival mural.

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