Welcome !  There are more than 100 different “Newcastles” or “New Castles” around the globe, in many different countries and in many different languages. NEWCASTLES OF THE WORLD links them in friendship, and to share information/best practice/ideas through practical projects in the fields of tourism, culture, business and education and youth engagement.  Find out more, and come and join in!

Newcastles of the World map 2019

In just two minutes you can travel the world to see the location of many of our “Newcastles” – thanks to Out of the Square Media – https://outofthesquare.com/ – in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia for this great film.

The idea of linking towns and cities around the world that share the name “Newcastle” first came in 1996 from the then Newcastle upon Tyne-based arts manager John Nicolaou. He created the “Newcastles of the World United” project, which resulted in a website and a book with this title, covering the Newcastles of the English-speaking world. The aim was to foster links of friendship, culture, education and tourism, hopefully leading to economic links and benefits.

However, there are also many Newcastles in the non-English speaking world and it was the Mayor of one of them, in Shinshiro, Japan, who took the initiative to bring the Newcastles together via the Newcastles of the World summit, the first taking place in Japan in 1998 with delegates from Newcastle (South Africa), Neuburg-an-der-Donau (Germany), Neuchâtel (Switzerland), New Castle Indiana (USA), New Castle Pennsylvania (USA), Newcastle-under-Lyme (UK) and Neufchâteau (France) joining their hosts in Japan. Through this initiative, “Newcastles of the World” was born !

Subsequent gatherings were held in Neuchâtel, Switzerland 2000, USA (Newcastles of Indiana & Pennsylvania) 2002, South Africa 2004 and 2010, UK 2006 (Newcastle-under-Lyme) and 2012 (Newcastle upon Tyne), Neuburg, Germany in 2008, the Czech Republic (Nové Hrady) in 2014, Newcastle, Ontario, Canada in 2016 and our 20th anniversary conference in Shinshiro, Japan in 2018.  Akhaltsikhe (Georgia), Jaunpils (Latvia), Newcastle, Ontario (Canada) and Newcastle, New South Wales (Australia) attended for the first time in 2012, as well as Nové Hrady. Nyborg (Denmark) attended for the first time in 2014, Nové Zamky (Slovakia) for the first time in 2016 and Herceg Novi (Montenegro) for the first time in 2018

It had been planned that the next conference would be held again in Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 2020, but the worldwide coronavirus caused its postponement until 2022.

Read an article here about what our Alliance does – Newcastles article

This is the constitution or charter (governance document) for Newcastles of the World –NOTW Charter

This is the membership application form – Application form October 2018

Here is a pop-up banner – Newcastles of the World pop-up 2

Here is a leaflet about Newcastles of the World – NotW flyer latest

NotW flyer latest

And click below to read the Newcastles of the World book that was published in 2018 to mark our 20th anniversary.

Newcastles of the World Book Publication

This is where you can order a copy – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Newcastles-World-history-diversity-Newcastle/dp/0951048872


Below is a presentation, in pdf form, that you can download about Newcastles of the World. If you would like the full Powerpoint version of this presentation – a large file! – please email us at newcastlesof the world@gmail.com and we will get it to you via WeTransfer or similar.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello!
    What about Le Neubourg and Neufchâtel-en-Bray both in Normandy? There is also Neufchâtel-Hardelot in Picardy.
    Best regards
    Xavier Ouitre – Odense, Denmark

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