The city of Newcastle rests along the east coast of New South Wales in Australia. Beautiful beaches brush against the Pacific Ocean, which lashes out waves worthy of professional surfers. Fort Scratchley Historic Site is a prime spot for gawking at the ocean. People ogle at the ocean, they might be lucky enough to see a whale poke its head above the water. It’d be easy to sink into the beach sand, but the festivals in Newcastle are calling. Take the This is Not Art Festival for example. Brimming with contemporary and experimental arts, it’s three festivals packed in one: the Crack Theatre Festival, the National Young Writer’s Festival and Critical Animals. It’s like a buffet of Newcastle festivals.