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Red Lantern Night Market 2009

Fridays in December

about Red Lantern Night Market 2009

Jan 10 Update – the markets were an amazing success for stallholders, and provided much delight for local residents and visitors to the city. While there are no immediate plans to continue the night markets, Justine Bec and Ally will continue with the monthly Olive Tree Markets at The Junction Primary School.

The Red Lantern Night Market will light up the Hunter St Mall and surrounding streets on Friday nights in December – 4th, 11th and 18th. From 4-9pm the streets and lanes will be buzzing with market stalls from local emerging artists and designers. Come along to fill your Christmas stockings with the best local hand-made arts, crafts, jewellery, toys, homewares and fashion.

The markets are being co-ordinated by local artists Justine Gaudry, Rebecca Thomson and Alison Buchanan, who you might also know from their work organising ‘The Olive Tree Markets’ at the Junction Primary School.

We asked Justine, Bec and Ally to tell us a little more about themselves and the inspiration behind the Red Lantern Nght Market:

In this incarnation we are the Market organizers of ‘The Olive Tree Market’ and the ‘Red Lantern Night Market’. All aspects of the markets are a collaborate process and we all share the artistic vision of making the markets happen. Alison is an artist who works in many mediums – painting, textile art, and sculpture. Justine has previously worked in aboriginal communities teaching film and video, as a photographer and in the film industry. She has also received grants to make short films and has recently been a Board Member of Tantrum Theatre. Bec is the practical brains behind the scenes! She has worked in banking and finance, which has really helped us, to get our business up and running. She’s creative as well!!! Bec and Ally and both grew up sewing so Bec is also a clever with textiles and quilting – they are sisters by the way!

The Red Lantern Night Market will operate in the centre of the city on Friday nights this December – 4th, 11th and 18th. We loved what Renew Newcastle was doing in the city and it inspired us to want to be part of the city being ‘reclaimed’ and to work towards the centre being a place where there is always something happening- night markets, films, performance, music, galleries…

We have lots of new talented stallholders, many of them emerging artists from Tafe and University. It will be exciting, for our first market, collaborating with Renew Newcastle ‘First Fridays’ when they have their shopfronts and galleries open to the public at night, all at the same time.

We are still finetuning the exact locations for stalls, but its exciting to envision the Mall spilling over with people and activity – we love the laneways and can imagine them being full of people, music, food, and sounds.

Media and Stallholder enquiries to redlanternnightmarket[at]

What inspired you to get involved with Renew Newcastle? Renew Newcastle is such an amazing achievement and really exciting for Newcastle. We have watched a number of our stallholders grow in confidence while running successful Renew Newcastle projects (shopfronts). It’s just what Newcastle needed and the projects are all fantastic. As well as wanting to run markets in the city we have a number of ideas for having a physical space where we would work on new ideas.