Media Release: Bright Lights, Big City and New Opportunities!

Released: 29 December 2020

Mai-Wel, one of the Hunter’s largest Disability Service Providers, is bringing an immersive audio and visual experience to Newcastle in 2021 in partnership with City of Newcastle.

Commencing in February, the 12-week program ‘A Sense of the City’ will be an inclusive, interactive and collaborative program for creative storytellers living with disability in Newcastle and surrounding areas.

Held at Newcastle City Hall, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded people to learn about the world of visual and sound production, using industry programs and equipment to share their perspective of what they love about Newcastle!

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said City of Newcastle was committed to providing venues and supporting programs that nurture an inclusive and creative community.

“This program aims to create pathways for young people who have different abilities to develop creativity and self-awareness through participation and skill development,” Cr Nelmes said.

“It also provides a wonderful opportunity to activate City Hall with a community-based, youth-focused activity, both during the workshops and at the end of the program when participants showcase the results of their newfound skills in front of an audience.

“We are committed to providing initiatives and facilities that encourage social inclusion and community connections, ensuring people of all abilities can enjoy our public places and spaces.”

The project will be presented at the end of the 12-week program at a ticketed showcase event for members of the community to attend. The colourful, bold display will be a sensory stimulating experience of sound, lighting and visuals, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the space.

The team at Mai-Wel are thrilled to have this opportunity to engage local Newcastle people with disability and provide a platform for participants to dive into their creative self-expression in a hands-on manner.

“We are very grateful for this partnership with City of Newcastle and are so excited to see the space come to life over the course of the 12 week program,” says Mai-Wel’s CEO, Lynne Graham.

“To have a space and the resources to provide opportunities for people with disability to be creative and collaborative is fantastic and I hope the Newcastle Community will enjoy this installation,” Lynne added.

More information about the 12 week program commencing February 2021 is available on the A Sense of the City page of this site.

Fore media enquiries, please contact the Mai-Wel Communications and Corporate Identity team on 4057 2900 or