Head of School for the School of Creative Industries Paul Egglestone.UNIVERSITY of Newcastle creative industries students will come together to exhibit their final works in a first-of-its-kind week-long festival in the city to be calledFestival X.
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The festival will includeshort film screenings, concerts, pop up music ensembles and incorporate the annual Newcastle International Animation Festival, showcasing some of the world’s best bite-sized animations.

Festival X director and School of Creative Industries lecturerDr Simon Weavingsaid the festival would offer the community, business and industry a chance to engage with creative industries education.

“Festival X is a really exciting manifestation of the creative industries at the University of Newcastle. It’s a chance for the community to see what’s at the cutting edge of creative technology, to talk to the creative practitioners of the future, and to wander between diverse experiences in the heart of the beautiful city of Newcastle,” Dr Weaving said.

“It’s a great opportunity for those considering a career in the creative industries to see and understand where a degree in this field might take them.”

“We’re incredibly proud of our talented students and above all, this is a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase years of dedication to their craft to their family and friends.”

Festival X will also include a commercial thread calledRicochet Songs, with Triple J host and artist Kristy Lee Peters, also known as KLP, bringing a group of female artists, producers and songwriters together.

Dr Weaving said the inclusion of a commercial thread was hopefully a sign of much more to come.

“We’ve been working hard under our Baraya record label, launched earlier this year, to form mutually beneficial industry partnerships,” he said.

“Hosting KLP’s Ricochet songwriting workshop in Newcastle as part of Festival X is one fantastic outcome of building those partnerships and we’re hoping to have more to announce soon.”

The festival includes both free and ticketed events and will be held from November 7 to 11.

It includes a November 9 range of pop up musical ensembles from regional folk to gypsy jazz, starting 5pm.