PEACEFUL: Simone Sheridan, from Hunter Development Corporation, and Nicole Hellyer, from Newcastle NOW, with hand-made lanterns, which people will be able to create themselves. Picture: Max Mason-HubersWINTER Heat organisers are promising an “assault on the senses” in Newcastle’s Honeysuckle precinct this month with lanterns, fire performers, drummers and a newly added laneway full of food vendors.
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Newcastle NOW marketing officer Nicole Hellyer and Hunter Development Corporation placemaking co-ordinator Simone Sheridan said the event, in its eighth year, was including a “taste of Honeysuckle” in the lane behind the precinct’s restaurants.

“We’ll be lighting up just outside the Maritime Centre,” Ms Hellyer said.

“It’s going to be vibrant, bright and spectacular.

“It’s going to be an assault on the senses,” Ms Sheridan added.

“The sound of the drums and the fire, and the smell of the food; it’s really going to be quite amazing.”

While in previous years the event was held at multiple locations on multiple nights, this year’s instalment would take over Honeysuckle for one evening in June, Ms Hellyer said.

Newcastle artist Ken O’Regan will host lantern-making workshops in the lead-up to the Winter Heat event.

Mr O’Regan will be near the Maritime Centre tomorrow and every Sunday until June 16, between 10am and 1pm.

The best lanterns will then be used in the lantern parade during the Winter Heat finale event on June 22.