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Cultural Awakenings Festival / Current Students / Events / The University of Newcastle, Australia


Celebrate UON’s cultural diversity with three days full of activities at UON.

This year’s celebrations include our annual Parade of Nations, a food fair, cultural experiences, K-Pop Karaoke, free food, and some more new initiatives!

On Wednesday 10 October is the famous Parade of Nations: a celebration of the cultural heritage of UON’s students and staff. Watch or join participants as we wear the traditional dress of our home nations for the walk through Civic Park in the Newcastle CBD. The parade will be followed by food and cultural performances. Free buses will depart from the Maths bus stop at Callaghan at 11am and return from the city at 1pm.

The Cultural Awakenings Fair on Thursday 11 October is one of the most beloved elements of the festival. Park on the Hill will be covered in dozens of delicious stalls with free food that represent the vast array of nations from which UON students hail from 11.30am, while a number of cultural performances are showcased on the stage. The Fair highlights a small part of the different cultures our students and staff are part of, so strike up a conversation with someone new to learn a bit more about where we’re all from.

Like always, all Cultural Awakenings Festival activities are free!

Schedule of Events

Event Time Location
Cultural Trail Walk – hosted by the Wollotuka Institute
Be taken on a walk through the Birabahn Cultural Trail to learn more about our indigenous custodians
Tues 9 Oct
Departs from Auchmuty Courtyard
Five-Minute Cultural Experiences
Try your hand at African drumming, calligraphy, and other cultural experiences
Tues 9 Oct
Brennan Room
Derkenne Courtyard
Interfaith – Ask Us Anything
Come and ask the cultural questions you have always wanted to ask. The panel includes members of the UON Sikh Society, Newcastle Christian Students, UON Islamic Society, UON Philosophy Society
Tues 9 Oct
Derkenne Courtyard

Movie Night – hosted by NUPSA
Join the Newcastle University Postgraduate Students’ Association for a cultural movie night. The movie is French comedy It Boy, and food will be provided.

Tues 9 Oct

Parade of Nations
Celebrate the UON community’s cultural heritage with a parade of students and staff wearing traditional dress, plus performances afterwards.

Wed 10 Oct
Civic Park, Newcastle
Bus departs from Maths (Callaghan) at 11am
Themed Lunch
A themed common lunch with something other than our usual sausage sizzle, plus great performances
Wed 10 Oct
Auchmuty Courtyard
K-Pop Karaoke
K-Pop has hit UON in the form of Karaoke! Come along, bust out a tune, and win some fabulous prizes
Wed 10 Oct
Godfrey Tanner Bar
Cultural Awakenings Fair
One of the most beloved elements of the Festival: dozens of food stalls with delicious, free food!
Thurs 11 Oct
Park on the Hill
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Keep your eyes peeled for more events to come.


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