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Newtown Festival Coming To Your Backyard

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The 2020 iteration of the annual Newtown Festival will need to take on an entirely new look amidst COVID-19 restrictions. This November the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre is calling on Newtown locals, and Sydneysiders alike, to instead celebrate in the safety and comfort of their own backyards.

For more than 40 years the second Sunday in November saw Camperdown Memorial Park come alive with the vibrancy, colour and sounds of Newtown. However, for the first time in 42 years that devastatingly wont be the case. As such Liz Yeo and the team at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre have had to find a new way for people to mark the occasion in COVIDsafe fashion.

“We know it won’t be the same heading into summer without this iconic event, so we had to come up with a way of still marking this day which means so much to people,” explained Yeo, “So this year we are encouraging people to get a few mates together in their backyard on Sunday, Nov 8 to share some Newtown Festival memories, and to create some new ones in a year we will never forget!”

So rather than a mass gathering Sydneysiders are encouraged to “support local” and gather up all of the supplies they need to celebrate at home from local businesses and mark the occasion in your own backyard.

Nov 8. Your Own Yard. Info: www.newtowncentre.org

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