As far as fortieth birthdays go, this one promises to be a serious banger. The inner west's much-loved Newtown Festival returns this November, celebrating the big 4-0 in style, with a huge day of community, art, music and food.
Brainchild of the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre (NNC), the event's main aim is to raise funds and drum up support for those doing it tough in the area. It's also a great excuse for people to get together and show some love for a unique pocket of the world.
Taking over Camperdown Memorial Park on November 11, this year's outing sees the return of a bunch of festival favourites, including the Better Read Than Dead writers tent, the Eco Village and the ever-popular Sassy Treats Dog Show, celebrating all of those four-legged festival-goers.
There'll be a sprawling collection of over 300 stalls, slinging everything from food to fashion, and the soon-to-be-announced music lineup showcases artists who've each got their own strong connection to the Newtown community. If you'd like to host a stall, albeit food or fashion, applications are now open.
In the lead up to the festival, NNC will also host a series of gigs, live street art performances and open air movie screenings to celebrate its four decades of life.
Newtown Festival's $5 entry fee, collected at the gates, goes directly to the NNC, which provides support services for disadvantaged groups in the local community.
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