Sunday was the Newtown Festival, a celebration of all the crazy diversity of my beloved neighbourhood. Aside from the colour of the Festival, the people, the hundreds of cute pooches underfoot, the music, the heat and the dust, one of the highlights for me was the Writers' Tent. I went to a couple of sessions there in the morning, wandered around the Festival for a while, before meeting up with a couple of people from the Newtown Flickr group.
Amberwaves of the Newtown Flickr group (left) and some of the assembled crowd (right)
It was a very hot day, so sun protection was important - and colourful!
Dogs, dogs and more dogs!
It was a fantastic day, even if somewhat hot and draining. Although it looks overcast in some of these pics it was stinking hot, and by early afternoon the Festival was packed and dusty. I love the Festival. Lot's of people come in from other neighbourhoods, but yet it still captures much of what I love about Newtown. Young, old, gay, straight, well dressed and 'feral' all mingling. It's quite commercial these days, but there is still enough creative local colour and community oriented stalls to off-set the commercial flavour.
When the mercury started to soar further in the early afternoon I beat a hasty retreat, and stopped by a pub on my way home to use the loo (the porta-potties at the Festival were beyond gross by afternoon), where I ran into Amanda, Coz and Anti Ob (Rob). A couple of beers in the shade of the pub beer garden was the perfect end to the afternoon.
Good times y'all.