Yesterday was my first time wandering through Newtown Festival, an annual event held at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park in the inner west. Newtown is Sydney’s acclaimed hip neighbourhood where people from all walks of life bump into each other at bars, op-shops and vego restaurants. [It’s also home to my beloved organic food coop Alfalfa house but that’s another story I am yet to tell].
The Festival is Newtown Neighbourhood Centre main fundraiser – and looking at the crowd yesterday I understand why. This was by far the biggest (and coolest) neighbourhood festival I have been to in Sydney, in terms of the number of people gathering, artists, live music stages, market stalls, fun stuff happening, and surface area covered. And the party happens outside too – watch out for epic house parties happening all around the park in the adjacent streets bring fire to the atmosphere.
Worth noting, Newtown Festival is making huge efforts to being a more sustainable event by providing water refill stations, free bike valet parking and 100% biodegradable food packaging. It’s also powered by GreenPower and has it’s own worm farm to go through the festival goers food waste and transforming it into black gold. Good on ya, Newtown Festival!
Thanks to the funds raised by the festival, Newtown Centre is able to provide frontline services for those doing it most tough in the inner west. Every artists and performers and volunteers donate their time to make it a blast for thousands of people every year and raise heaps of money to give back to the community. Including performers from Cabaret Sasquatch, who put on a David Bowie inspired show with so much grace and beauty on La Toosh Stage (a cafe/stage on wheels!) >>>>
And when the show is over, the street parties take over
If you want to support the work of the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, you can:
– Come and get involved here!
– Sign the petition for more affordable housing in Sydney here!
– Donate to Newtown Neighbourhood Centre here! (looks like the total amount of donations made at the gates has not been updated yet)
This was Newtown Festival through my lens – From Sydney, with love <3