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Newcastle’s ABICUS celebrates their sixteenth birthday in a SUPER special way

ABICUS has been bringing cutting edge music and fashion to the Australian city of Newcastle, NSW, for the last sixteen years. This week, they’re celebrating that massive milestone by throwing a HUGE party on November 24 – but it isn’t just any party.

While there’s going to be tasty beverages, food, and a very special musical performance (that we’ve been sworn to secrecy about), owners (and husband and wife super-team) Tim McPhee and Tiffany Minell wanted to give back to their community with a little bit more.

To do this, the pair teamed up with Byron Bay fashion label Thrills to curate a highly unique art exhibition titled Back to the Future. Sixteen artists (eight from Newcastle, and eight from Byron Bay) were commissioned to create works that have subsequently been sewn into Thrills denim jackets.

The exhibition will open on ABICUS’ sixteenth birthday and continue through until December 11 when the pieces will be silent auctioned. All proceeds will be donated to youth mental health organisation Headspace.

The auction will happen online (via a purpose built website), where people can also make one-off donations to Headspace.

Party goers will also have a chance to support Headspace by purchasing a Back to the Future party bag (which will only be available on the night of the party). But, these aren’t your typical party bags. They’re full of everything from LPs and Karen Walker eyewear, to Vanishing Elephant socks and coffee beans.

If you’d like to get down and celebrate all things ABICUS, as well as support a very worthy cause, head over to the event page and grab all the details.

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Cormack is a Melbourne based freelance writer and photographer. He loves to travel, drink red wine, and spin records. On the weekends you’ll most likely find him eating pork buns or shaking up cocktails for his friends.

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