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Chromatic is a 5 day festival celebrating the University of Newcastle’s talented students, staff & alumni. 

November 1-5, 2023

Dress up and walk the red carpet for an evening of the best short films from Creative Industries students. This is a curated celebration of the moving image, screening the year’s best drama, documentaries, 10-shot films, animations and major screen works.

8th Annual Newbie AWARDS

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Sun, 5th November, 6pm – 8pm 

Blackstone Gallery will be showcasing the artworks from an array of University of Newcastle alumni, PHD students, staff and affiliates. Presenting a blend of contemporary and traditional forms, the exhibition addresses the symbiotic relationship between science, technology and the creative arts.

Blackstone (Art-Science) Exhibit

Abstract collage art

Fri, 3rd November, 6pm - 8pm 

Since 2021, the University of Newcastle has partnered with Clyde Street Precinct to develop future pathways and possibilities for creative arts and industries students through connecting with real world practitioners and collectives at Newcastle’s largest home of creativity.

Clyde st Precinct tour

Sat, 4th November, 3pm - 5pm 

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"Long Shorts" is a selection of short films (10min +) from graduating 3rd year and HDR students at the University of Newcastle, held at the iconic Regal Cinema.

Long shoRts

Over heard shot of the Regal theater showing an empty theater.

Wed, 1st November, 7pm – 9pm  

Illustration Nation is the contribution of some of the finest creatives at the University of Newcastle. Featuring top-notch illustrative pieces and a swag of goodies including custom prints, cards, collectibles, calendars and more.

Olive tree markets

Illustration Nation logo with the text "featuring wild work by UON Illustrators" underneath it.

Sat, 4th November,  9am – 2pm

Chromatic Festival returns to the University of Newcastle’s City Campus, with a range of engaging and creative events. You’re invited to celebrate the Opening Night of Chromatic Festival with us.

Opening Night

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Thu, 2nd November,  5:30pm 

Explore all events HERE

Chromatic Festival and The University of Newcastle acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal Nation, Darkinjung Nation, Biripai Nation, Worimi Nation, Wonnarua Nation and Eora Nation. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.


Chromatic Festival and The University of Newcastle recognise that First Nations sovereignty was never ceded. This continent always was and always will be Aboriginal Land. 


We respect their cultural heritage, beliefs, and continuing relationship with the land, and recognise that they are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of dispossession.

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