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By Rachel Stone
December 17, 2020
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Newtown Festival 2021

The capital's biggest openair party returns.
By Rachel Stone
December 17, 2020
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The capital's biggest openair party, Newtown Festival, managed to beat the national lock and go ahead with its 2020 event. On Sunday, 7 March, 2021 the free to all, family-friendly event is back to mark the end of summer, and will see eleven blocks of central Riddiford Street and adjoining side streets closed to vehicles.

The heart of Newtown will be transformed by 15 music stages, seven activity zones, a busking pitch, three fairground sites and over 420 stalls with food from across the globe, arts, crafts and hand-crafted treasures.

A stacked lineup of entertainment will kick off from 9.30am, and attendees can expect to walk or dance between progressive indie rock group The Phoenix Foundation, captivating pop songwriter Estére, Dunedin electronic producer Vanessa Worm, stoner rock band Earth Tongue, cosmic future jazz act Clear Path Ensemble, plus loads more.

Also on the bill: traditional Bulgarian dance, inclusive community choirs, high-energy circus shows, taiko drumming groups and freestyle street dance.

NEWTOWN FESTIVAL 2021 LINEUP

ABRZY
AFRAkids Dance Group
Alpaca Social Club
Amba Holly
Annette Esquenet
Babyteeth
Bambin
Banana Mundo
Bella Cook
Ben Woods
Big Girls
Billy Lyrical
Birdfeeder
Booth The Clown
BTD B*tches
Capoeira Angola Street Roda
Charlotte Kerrigan with Bluesette
Clear Path Ensemble
Colette Rivers
Common Unity Koha Cart
Connor & Regina
Coolkidsplayhard
Corrosive Moses
Cosmonauts
Current Bias
Dance Ensemble Horo
DARTZ
Dateless
Dave Murphy and Janet Muggeridge
Deb5000
Diggy Dupé
Disconnect
Dj Oboe
Earth Tongue
Estère
Feng
Fire & Emergency Burning Kitchen
Fool Steam Ahead
Footnote New Zealand Dance
Fun and Funner
Geena and Julia
Guardian Singles
Hans Blix and the Investigators
Hawaiian Dance Wellington
Housewitches
Hugo Grrrl
Huia
Idhayam
JDK Crew
Judy Virago
KAZOO (Tangata Circus Company)
KÉDU CARLÖ
Kubatana & The Moringa Dancers
Ladyfruit
Latinaotearoa
Laughton Kora
Lilith
LILSTIFFY
Move It Dancework
Mr Fungus
Mr Wizowski
MulletMan & MiM
NahBo
Newtown Rocksteady
Newtown Tuesday
Night Lunch
No L (Grove Roots)
OdESSA
Oriental Voice Choir
Orlęta
Orzeł
Prison Choir
Raucous Productions
Rei
Riki Gooch & Al Fraser
Sam Manzanza & Afrobeat Band
Samara Alofa
Scattered Wreckage
She Jays
Siblings
Ski Resort
soda
Soft Plastics
Solid Gold Dance Crew
Sounds Almighty Sound System DJs
Ssendam Rawkustra
Taikoza Wellington
Tarrant Dancers Traffic Angels
Te Kapa Haka o Te Kura o Ngā Puna Waiora – Newtown School
The Bandits
The Circus Hub
The Phoenix Foundation
The Steampunk Minstrels
Tight Weave
TUi MAMAKi
Valley Kids
Vanessa Worm
Vera Ellen
Vince Cabrera
Vox Ethno
WAI
Wellington Batucada
Wellington Chinese Sports and Cultural Centre
Wellington Fire and Flow Club
Wellington Youth Circus
Wiri Donna
Zane & Degge

Image: Newtown Festival.

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