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5 April 2018 | Posted in: News

Written by: Rayannon Innes | Photography: Lazy Bones for Talk to Bec

In the past decade things have really started to happen in Newcastle; unusual and exciting things. Within the past four years, events, whether they were street performance, theatre, music festival, art exhibition, poetry, film screening or anything in between, The Follower was letting the public know about it.

Out of an impressively small and creative team of three, Zana Kobayashi was at the centre of what the independent street press was doing for Newcastle’s creative culture. Although the publication finished printing in 2016, and the collective graduated from their Renew studio space late last year, the stories shared and events managed as part of The Follower left an impression that would inform how Newcastle values its vibrant arts and events culture today.

On a personal level, Zana attributes her time working for The Follower as instrumental to the career she has today. She credits her role in managing the publication to building a position of trust between herself and her direct community. This is evident through her profound career within creative place-making, marketing and management, where today she finds herself contributing her expertise in every corner of the community.

Most recently, Zana has been dedicating her time in her role as Events Co-director at Talk To Bec where she has managed major community events including the Beaumont St Carnivale, Newcastle China Week and the Bikers For Kids Toy Run. Impossible to keep still, Zana is also currently the studio coordinator at Sawtooth Studios and project manager at creative branding agency Guts Creative. Zana will also be responsible for writing regular contributions for the Arts and Culture section of the Newcastle Herald – a full circle experience for one who has helped shaped where local arts and culture is today.