The Newtown Festival on Sunday, 11 November 2012 was a huge success! The Sydney weather was perfect and Camperdown Memorial Rest Park was packed. The festival started at 9:30am and finished at 5:30pm.
In this bohemian Sydney enclave, anybody who was dressed normally would have stood out. The ‘people watching’ was almost as interesting as the entertainment and market stalls, of which there were 280. This year was the 34th Newtown Festival, the first one being back in 1979.
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
The Newtown Festival is organised by the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre (NNC) to raise funds for projects both in Newtown and other parts of Sydney.
There were three stages with different musical performers. The main stage was where the largest audience was to be found.
Market stalls and food stalls offered a range of options from around the world.
There were also stalls promoting political parties and community organisations.
The Writers’ Tent featured Maxine McKew: Tales from the Political Trenches. Other writers speaking included Steve Lewis & Chris Uhrman, Michael Mobbs and Becky Crew.