Carnivale will be held along Beaumont Street, between Tudor and Donald Streets, with the Newcastle RSL Pipe Band helping to herald the event’s opening following official proceedings underway from 10am.

In addition to our Northern Star and Kent Hotel stages, The Exchange Hotel is proud to present the Cultural Stage full of lively and eclectic entertainment near the Tudor St intersection!

These three stages will feature live music from around the globe including 80s tributes, rock’n’roll, reggae, blues and local singer-songwriters. Headline acts feature Sri-Lankan born Roshani, who found fame on X-Factor, King B-Fine and his Afrikaya Band, and Latin trio The Brazzos, who will get hips shaking with samba, bossa nova and Brazilian popular music.

Indigenous and non-Indigenous ‘Millabah’ dancers from The Hunter School of the Performing Arts will be on show along with Southern Fire Entertainment’s sequined Rio dancers and Korean traditional martial arts and drummers.

Other highlights include a recreated European piazza, an Islamic music showcase by the Muslim musicians of Mayfield, belly dancers, colourful stilt walkers and roving bohemian sideshow performances by Dangerboy. You’ll be spoilt for choice with food options, while markets will span 4 blocks. Megamania activities, camel rides, facepainting and The Green Fairy will keep the kids entertained.

New FM will be broadcasting LIVE from Carnivale, with The Novos from 10am until 12pm, then Sarge takes over the airways until 4pm.

Check back soon for the full program to download or see what’s on stage here!