There are more than 100 different “Newcastles” or “New Castles” around the globe, in many different countries and in many different languages.
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 cancellation.
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
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