Happening on Sat July 14, 2018, the first Newtown Now festival is a celebration of the unique spirit of Joburg’s Newtown cultural precinct.
The Newtown Now festival presents a packed programme of FREE walking tours, exhibitions, performances, new public art activations, markets, fun family events and creative workshops.
From Turbine Hall (where the annual RMB Turbine Art Fair is taking place), to the Newtown Park and its various museums including SAB World of Beer Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and Worker's Museum, the Work Shop New Town and Newtown Junction shopping precinct, 56pim, The Market Theatre, Market Photo Workshop, Stop Sign Art Gallery and the famous Mary Fitzgerald Square and Museum Africa, there events taking place across the precinct!
At the heart of the day will be the launch of the Newtown Heads refurbishment project. Initially installed in 2001, a collection of hundreds of carved wooden heads sitting atop bollards across the precinct have for many years been a defining feature of Newtown. In 2018 the artist who created the original Newtown Heads, Americo Guambe, was invited by the city to restore and replace the Newtown Heads and on Sat July 14th we will celebrate the unveiling of these newly revamped iconic public artworks.