Street art is a norm the creative crowd at Newtown have proudly embraced. Huge graffiti murals fill up entire building facades, many of which were painted as pointed social critique by the now infamous artist Andrew Aiken in the 90s .
The locals aren’t choosy when it comes to space – from the side walls of shops to brick walls slinking into small alleyways that branch off from the main road, you’ll find colourful painted artworks stuffed into every corner of Newtown.
Art here is a constant battle with against local residents – no actions have been taken by the city council in preserving many of the original murals painted in the 90s, and some have taken it on themselves to paint over what was once Newtown’s more prominent street art. Despite this, new inspired works popping up every day – in a community dominated by creative renegades, their voices are impossible to silence here.
Crazing shopping stores
From a distance, Newtown’s popular strip looks like any unassuming chain of terraces reclining in a busy suburban neighbourhood. A closer look will reveal that despite the harmless Victorian appeal of its main streets, the things that fill them are anything but.
Newtown’s shops are an extension of their locals – young, trendy and effortlessly hip. A shining example of Newtown’s love for the unorthodox is Holy Kitsch, a crazy gift shop selling “bonewares” decorated in Mexican art.
You’ll quickly find that practicality is the last thing the people here care about.
Crazy live-music nights
When it comes to crazy live music venues, there’s simply no competing with the realness of Newtown. Here, the bars are simply rife with young musicians who sing for the hell of it, and the audience they attract are usually locals who enjoy without pretension.
One of the many musical landmarks here is the Newtown Social Club – rundown, dilapidated and naturally the setting for Newtown’s coolest night-time hangout.
Once a pub known as The Sando, this building has stood since 1870 as a testament to Newtown’s uncompromising passion for live music. Just years ago, the venue was saved from the brink of collapse when over 3,000 local artists and musicians took to the streets to protest against its closure. Today, it stands as a true testament to Newtown’s defiant spirit.
Whether it’s dipping in out and out of fancy dessert bars or contemplating human existence to soulful tunes at a live music venue, Newtown is a small neighbourhood that has somehow defied the odds in attracting a bizarre mix of locals over the years. Prepare yourself for discovering an alternate universe where the madman retreats from his 9-5, shedding the suit and tie for the throwbacks of his inner child-artist.