Entertainment and Experience

It's all about sensual, living experiences. We've been entertaining Australia or 150 years!

Experiences to challenge your sense. Experiences which will stay with you forever. Entertainment is just a way of life in Newtown Precinct; It embodies the creative community that calls the precinct home, and invigorates visitors leaving them wanting more.

Newtown has a calendar jam packed with film festivals, food festivals, community festivals. And then there are the performances and the performers. Concerts, art installations, plays, book readings, eating, drinking shopping are just part of the everyday experiences. Enjoy life at its fullest in Newtown. Never a moment when something is not happening but still a place where you can reflect, write, create, think.

The different tribes come together in this melting pot of people and ideas that make up the Newtown experience. Gay and straight, professors and students, wealth and welfare, suits and spikes; they all share Newtown’s unstoppable expression; and they all bring different experiences to the streets of the inner-west community.

Artisan bread, authentic curries, the surprise of degustation; the choice is yours and the experience is yours. Enjoy bars, pubs and cabaret; browse a bookshop, get a tattoo, meditate. Anything goes in Newtown – day, night, weekday or weekend. The street is the same but the experience changes.

If you want to express yourself, to grow, to change; the spirit of Newtown is your type of experience. Urban, kink, punk, vintage, dark, fetish, absurd, psychedelic. It’s all here.

We are at the heart of Sydney’s entertainment scene. North King Street, Erskineville Road, Enmore Road and South King Street are jammed with pubs, clubs, theatres, and unexpected performance spaces. We are justifiably referred to as Sydney’s ‘Inner West End’. Or as Terry Durack says, Newtown is becoming Brooklyn to Sydney’s Manhattan.

And then there’s the Dendy Cinema, the iconic Enmore Theatre, the Factory and The Vanguard, the historic New Theatre, Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre. Newtown has the highest concentration of independent theatres, live performance spaces and galleries outside the CBD.

If you want to get wired, get inspired or just laugh yourself sick, come to Newtown and tap into what’s on offer. Music, experimental theatre, burlesque, culture and comedy that’s always original, usually confronting, but always pure entertainment – drag to drama, rock to realism, comedy to cabaret; there is something to touch everyone’s entertainment g-spot.

Newtown Precinct is home to the Comedy Festival and The Sydney Fringe Festival, The Newtown Festival and a constant stream of film, fashion and food festivals. But it’s not all about big acts. Some of the best entertainment can be found daily on King Street. Giant bubble blowers, free form rap, jazz junkies, hairy buskers, girls with a guitars, ventriloquists, jugglers, punks, goths and breakdancers are just part of the local everyday life of Newtown. Colourful and passionate – the entertainment scene in Newtown is always diverse, always edgy and all Newtown.