by Elise Boyd in New Events on Friday 13 September 2013

What’s that? You’ve never even heard of Newcastle, Australia? Well, get to the google machine! Listed in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities of 2011, Newcastle not only happens to be the location of one of our Lost At E Minor offices, but is also a vibrant, upcoming hub for all the things we love here at Lost At E Minor: technology, arts, design and culture. We’re pretty biased though, so just ask Lonely Planet: they reckon it’s one of the most underrated cities, with its down-to-earth larrikin charm, amazing beaches, relaxed lifestyle and proximity to the Hunter Valley vineyards.

Come October, Newcastle is going to get even better – from October 2nd – 5th, 2013, Newcastle is set to host its very own version of SXSW. The inaugural DiG Festival and Conference is a jam-packed 4 days of technology, design, and green tech. Across the 4 days, DiG goers will be immersed in a variety of keynote presentations, panels, performances and workshops on innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and ethical business.

The festival was founded by Newcastle locals Craig Wilson and Steph Hinds, who felt that there was a huge gap in the Australian conference scene and that Aussies were missing out. With the help of Eclipse Media, Events and PR, they put together the impressive festival line up, featuring a mix of national and local speakers. Some of the folk who’ll be presenting include Aleks Witko, senior UX designer at 99designs, June Huxley, Pandora.com, and one of Lost At E Minor’s very own co-founders, Zac Zavos, amongst many more.

Jump on over to the DiG Festival site to check out the full conference and speaker line up. You can purchase a one day or 2 day Festival ticket, but tickets are limited so grab one while you still can! If you’re not a lucky Newcastle local and need some tips on where to stay, check out some handy tips.

While you’re in Newcastle, why not make a week of it? The annual This Is Not Art (TINA) Festival runs from October 3rd – 6th; it’s a showcase and a meeting of the minds of some of Australia’s best artists. TINA has more than 200 events running across the 4 days, all dedicated to the development of experimental and emerging arts practice by creating spaces for artistic collaboration and discovery.