Thurs 17th –
Sun 20th May 2018

Newcastle Australia

Set in the beautiful and edgy steel and coal town turned activism hub of Newcastle, this festival now in its second year, will provide a unique conversation around justice, climate change, spirituality, music and art. This conversation seeks to find ways to work for the common good, where diverse communities reclaim the future in hopeful and creative ways.

Thurs 17th –
Sun 20th May 2018

Newcastle Australia

Thurs 17th – Sun 20th May 2018 Newcastle Australia

Andrew Styan

Andrew Styan is a new media artist interested in developing strategies for shifting public engagement with the challenge of climate change. Using electronics, computer coding, interactivity and electromechanical devices to create installations, videos and kinetic objects, his practice makes visible the underlying causes of climate change. These conceptual and material concerns reflect a former career … Read more

Penny Dunstan

Dr Penny Dunstan completed a PhD in Fine Art, Wayfinding through Shadowlands: Making Minescapes Matter, where she studied rehabilitated lands of Rix’s Creek open-cut coal mine near Singleton NSW. Her art practice is centred in an embodied walking method requiring one to be present in place, to feel the land pushing back at your fee. … Read more

Luke Vassella

There aren’t many on the Far North Coast who have not heard Luke Vassella play – he’s widely known and loved throughout the district and beyond as an inspirational performer and an accomplished singer/songwriter. Luke has released nine albums of his own material, receiving eight NCEIA Dolphin Awards along the way, including Male Vocal of … Read more


Nardean is an Egyptian-Australian spoken word artist, singer and songwriter. Her work is motivated by the unflinching pursuit of honesty, integrity and authentic feminine force. A warm presence, bubbly persona and quiet magnetism emanate from her, captivating audiences as she further cements her reputation as a force to be reckoned with. She is due to … Read more

Trish Watts

Trish Watts is a dynamic encourager of the playful heart, and has led workshops around the world in voice, movement, and improvised creativity. She is a composer and songwriter, performer, choir leader committed to the community exploration of the arts and creativity. She is the co-founder of InterPlay Australia and is a recognised practitioner of … Read more

Rachel Collis

Sydney songstress Rachel Collis is passionate about creativity, justice and community and has been described as a “welcome jolt back to the time of Carole King and Joni Mitchell” (The Orange Press). Her songs touch on themes love, life, kindness, and compassion and range from the heart-swelling to the introspective to the humourous. She has … Read more

Berias Masseque and the Afro Fusion Band

Berias Masseque and the Afro Fusion Band

Born in a spirit of collaboration, Berias Masseque and the Afro Fusion Band are artists from two continents united in the belief that home is where the music is. With deep foundations in the fertile soil of Berias’s Mozambican heritage, the Newcastle-based group blend African, Latin, jazz, contemporary and reggae influences into a musical language … Read more

Heather Price

Heather is a passionate singer-songwriter lending her voice to matters of the heart. A much-loved local musician and regular performer at Adamstown UCA, Heather is back at Expresso to perform her latest original songs. Heather’s songwriting in recent years has been aimed at the very young, encouraging ideas of love and acceptance. In 2017 however, … Read more


Roje Ndayambaje was born in Congo and raised in Uganda in a Rwandan family. His poetry is marked by each of these places and a deep love for Africa. Roje writes and performs poetry to share the story of his people and encourage others to find and share their own. Roje has performed Spoken Word … Read more