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Newtown Festival 2005

Newtown Festival 2005

Organisation for the 9th Newtown Festival is in hand.

The Festival runs from 4 to 13 March and involves activities in the Newtown area.

The programme that has been brought together is one that enables all interests of the Newtown Community to participate or experience the diversity and richness that is uniquely Newtown.

The Festival includes new participants as sponsors, artists and supporters of the event. There are the events of previous festivals such as the picnic in Carrara Park, the fair, performances and theatrical events

The New Zealand School of Dance and second year actors at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School perform at Te Whaea; local community performers, poets, and Fringe Festival performers are involved at events in the Newtown Cultural and Community Centre.

The first weekend includes the Newtown Festival Fair Day which will bring together around 150 stalls, 3 performance stages, a disc jockey stage, childrens' rides, and street performers to entertain and enthral around 40000 people. Held on the main streets of Newtown, this has become a major event in the Wellington Festival and outdoor event calendar.

The second weekend includes the annual Gay and Lesbian Fair at Newtown School.

Also included are athletics, an art studio opening its doors, an evening of poetry, the Ascension Band as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival, activities at Wellington Zoo, and two events : Culture Jam and Street Ball that will be run by the Wellington City Council Youth Department

For information about the 2005 Newtown Festival see http://www.newtownfestival.org.nz

ENDS

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