Newtown Arts and Culture


Live performance in Newtown

The Newtown area is home to a thriving number of live music venues, performance spaces and independent theatres. Visit the surrounding neighbourhoods of Erskineville, Enmore and Marrickville to see seasoned veterans of the music and theatre scene as well as exciting new performers.

  • Newtown Festival, Newtown
  • Better Read Than Dead Bookshop, Newtown

Arts and Culture in Newtown

The Vanguard, Newtown

With an eclectic community of artists and musicians, the colourful suburb of Newtown is firmly on Inner Sydney's arts and culture map. Catch an international band at The Enmore, enjoy dinner and a show at New Orleans-inspired venue The Vanguard or check out a gig at the Newtown Social Club.

For comedy and drama, the Seymour Centre and the The King Street Theatre are Sydney hotspots. There are also excellent performances at the Youth Theatre PACT in Erskineville, the New Theatre in Newtown, and comedy and music at the Factory Theatre in Enmore.

For latest major release films as well as world and indie flicks, visit The Dendy Newtown Cinema. Nearby you'll also find Better Read Than Dead bookshop, which stocks a large number of books on arts, film and music. 

Newtown is home to many local, independent galleries. Take a peek at the ceramic works in the Kerrie Lowe Gallery on King Street, contemporary works at Artsite on Salisbury Road and A-M Gallery on Wilson Street. Don’t miss Defiance Gallery on Enmore Road, for its cutting edge sculptural works.

Arts and culture come to life during the precinct's lively festivals. Part of the Sydney Fringe Festival is held in Newtown each September, and in November the usually quiet Camperdown Memorial Park explodes with the colourful Newtown Festival, complete with market stalls, local and national music acts and an open-air bar. Held on the second Sunday in November, this free festival raises funds for the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and has been running for almost 40 years, attracting more than 90,000 visitors each year.

The Newtown area is also rich in high-calibre street art, starting with King Street's famous '€I Have A Dream' mural, painted in 1991. Sign up for a local running tour that literally jogs through the area, exploring the wonderful street art of the inner west.