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In a year when public events were thin on the ground, Newcastle's city centre came to life thanks to The Big Picture Fest.

The three-day live painting event in early October quite literally left a lasting mark on our city -- a spectacular reminder of Newcastle's vibrant and creative spirit.

Our city has a long-held tradition for public art, from Trevor Dickinson's beloved beachside murals to the world-class street art on and around Hunter Street Mall. Thousands of art fans adhered to social distancing guidelines as they watched The Big Picture Fest unfold and thousands more have since admired the resulting murals.

Twelve world-class Australian artists' creations now grace the walls of some of Newcastle's most iconic buildings. A mix of local and national muralists - including Vans the Omega, Mitch Revs and Jasmine Craciun - worked on sites around Civic Theatre, Brown Street, King Street and Museum Park.

Newcastle held Australia's sixth Big Picture Fest, following in the footsteps of South Australia and Victoria who previously hosted similar festivals.

Take a self-guided tour of the murals with a free map from the Newcastle Visitor Information Centre or book a walking tour with the festival's director Becky Kiil who runs Newcastle Afoot.

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