Local zine celebrating the art and culture of our region, Newcastle Mirage will turn four this month and celebrate the completion of 48 monthly issues.
Managing Director, Kian West, and Artistic Director, Ryan Williams, have been working hard to produce the zine each month and share the remarkable people, experiences and stories of the city of Newcastle.
“From the outset Ryan and I were driven to produce something that was as much a piece of art as it was informative,” Kian said.
“We set some rules for ourselves that Mirage would be 100% driven by local content and that it would be a positive outlet.”
Newcastle Mirage can be found in cafes and shops across Newcastle and is currently featured in more than 100 inner city locations and scattered across suburbs of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
“We got really lucky early on with the support of Mick Starkey at The Stag & Hunter Hotel who agreed to feature Newcastle Mirage in the venue,” Kian said.
“I walked out of that meeting with management and jumped the whole way back to the office to tell Ryan the good news! Since then we’ve seen that luck continue with the support of Chris and Alan at The Edwards and, more recently, Greg Matthews at The Cambridge Hotel. Really this milestone is as much about them as it is about us”.
Each monthly edition of Newcastle Mirage focuses on individuals and businesses that are doing something different.
“It’s been really exciting to watch the local media landscape evolve over the past four years,” Kian said.
“Just as I’m proud of what we have achieved, I’m impressed by so many local media groups like Newcastle Live, HunterHunter, and Hunter Headline who give us more confidence that regional media can produce quality outcomes, jobs and keep profits in our own city.”
Newcastle Mirage will celebrate the four-year occasion at a public party held at The Edwards on 2 June 2017. The venue will be decorated with the covers from the past 48 issues of the zine and copies of their 49th issue will be available.
IMAGE | Ryan Williams and Kian West will celebrate Newcastle Mirage’s fourth birthday.