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October 19-21, 2018
Newcastle City Hall

2018 Performer Application


Please note: Applications will only be accepted using our online application form.

To help you apply to perform at the 2018 Newcastle Ukulele Festival we have put together some background information that we hope is helpful to you.

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This, our 4th Newkulele Festival, will be held in Newcastle at the Newcastle City Hall from Friday 19 October to Sunday 21 October, 2018.

Newcastle is 160km north of Sydney via the M1 Motorway (formerly known as F3 Freeway) and is well serviced by both air and train transport.  It is NSW’s second largest city, on a beautiful string of beaches at the mouth of the Hunter River, with a busy working port.  As well, having an historic city centre and vibrant foreshore and inner city area, Newcastle is relatively uncrowded and only a 20 minute drive, bus or train trip from beautiful Lake Macquarie, Australia’s largest coastal salt water lake.

The Newkulele Festival has come about due to a lively and growing ukulele scene in the area, with 10 “Ukestras” or ukulele orchestras meeting weekly at different locations. They perform at many local, interstate and international events including Hawaii and New Zealand.

The event is not only a showcase for ukulele performers, but is a way of involving festival goers in workshops to suit their level of playing or as an introduction to the ukulele.  It will also provide an opportunity for networking and skills sharing between Ukulele teachers promoting a culture of teaching excellence.

We are looking for performers who would like to be part of the Newkulele Festival and may also like to be involved not only in their own performance, but the workshops and other performances where possible.  The festival will be an event which emphasises the philosophy behind the Ukestras which is inclusivity and the enjoyment of playing music with others.

We are seeking community ukulele groups and other artists to be part of the Saturday and Sunday programs.  We have invited a number of key performers to do headline concerts, but the heart of the festival will be the community performances and jam sessions which we invite you to be a part of.

We have dedicated spaces and times for community performances, and if your group is selected our aim is to share some small portion of any profits as a token of our gratitude.

Newcastle City Hall has excellent facilities and performing spaces for the feature and concerts and more air-conditioned indoor venues to feature our up and coming Ukulele Artists. Plenty of room to hang out at this venue, beautiful gardens across the road and first class facilities, food close by and amenities all in the one central location.

Requirements & Responsibilities

  • Performers are required to have their own Public Liability Insurance current at the time of the festival.
    When performing, you are a Festival service provider and as such, are not covered by the Festival’s public liability insurance.
  • Performers are responsible for all their meals and drinks.
  • Performers must be ready to go on stage no later than 15 mins prior to your allocated performance time - the Newkulele Festival reserves the right to replace your performance if your act is not ready to perform at your allocated time.
  • No pre-recorded backing tracks allowed.