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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

Image of a red carpet with a rope barrier

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-Sci) Exhibition

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 

All Events

"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

Image of silver orbs floating on a black background with the Chromatic Festival logo to the left

Thu, 2nd November,  5:30pm 

Open Q is a series of panels, talks, workshops and demonstrations embracing the Universities Living Lab culture. Students and researchers facilitate sessions that promote the importance of creative and critical thinking to address the big issues of our time. 

Open Q

Image of a group of people sitting at a discussion panel

Various Times, 1st - 5th November 

Dive into a thought-provoking conversation with local media experts and journalists as they explore the ways in which AI is reshaping the news media landscape and its profound implications for truth and the future of journalism.

Panel Bytes and Bylines

Ai Generated art showing a business man and robot fighting

Fri, 3rd November, 5:30pm – 6:30pm 

Bachelor of Music Students from the University of Newcastle presents a showcase of Jazz, contemporary pop and experimental music. Join us Live at Lizottes for the ultimate night out and hear the stars of the future.

Uni music lizottes

Image of inside Lizottes, shows people sitting in a theater setting looking down at a band playing on stage

Wed, 1st November, 7pm 


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.

Get nice and cosy,  and ready to experience the world of literature from the University of Newcastle’s Creative Writing students! Enjoy a whimsical reading in the Q Building, room 205.

The Velvet Chair

Thu, 2nd November,  6:30pm- 8:00pm

For the first time ever, Chromatic will be traveling to our only campus outside of Australia, Singapore! Streamed live 6,980KM away, students in Singapore will be able to partake in the festival opening night celebrations together with their Australian mates


Thu, 2nd November, 2:30pm (SGT)

Final Year Grad Show Exhibtion from our Bachelor of Visual Communication Design program. Experience a variety of work across digital prints, portfolios, moving image and branding.

VisComm Design Grad Show

Fri, 3rd November, 6pm 

For the month of November, Artist and Grad Student, Liam Kirk Christenson Foggett, will have an outdoor audio-visual projection work playing at James Street Plaza, Hamilton. 

James St Projection

Every night, 8PM

Join us in the Courtyard of the Clarendon Hotel for Showband, one of Newcastle's biggest and best party bands consisting of current and former students from the University of Newcastle.


Thu, 2nd November, 8pm 

Experimental Music Soup presents a series of dynamic live music performances by groups of students from the University of Newcastle's Creative Music Studio 2 course

Experimental Music Soup

Fri, 3rd November, 7pm 

An exhilarating exhibition featuring the exceptional creative talents of third-year students who have embarked on a captivating journey of exploration.

Interdisciplinary studio

Thu, 2nd November, 7PM

The Board Game Jam is a rapid-fire creative experience where you and a group of friends and fellow students come together to design and create a board game.

board game jam

Sun, 5th November, 12:30pm 

Students have embarked on a transformative artistic journey, creating wearable artworks that delve into the profound themes of "second skin" and "protection

second skin

Thu, 2nd November, 7PM

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