The Crack Theatre Festival is where experimental performance artists come from all over Australia to unleash their wildest ideas.

Held annually as part of This is Not Art in Newcastle, the Festival supports the development of Australian artists and features a curated performance showcase, panels and talks, workshops and master classes, and utilises non-traditional theatre spaces – un-tenanted department stores, dance halls, and shopfronts – creating new spaces in which non-traditional art can exist.

Free of charge to participating artists and audiences, the Festival is an accessible and low-risk opportunity for emerging and experienced Australian performance artists and ensembles to develop their practice, promoting access, experience and opportunity.