Thank You to all who contributed to the the 2018 Newtown Festival

The beaming sun on Sunday 4th March only added to the warm glow that is the Newtown Festival. Newtown’s once-a-year family-friendly street party ramped it up for 2018 with 14 stages of fantastic musical talent and an incredible array of delicious flavours and well-crafted goods at over 420 market stalls.

Taonga puoro and karakia were heard at the heart-warming official opening whakatau on the Tangata Whenua stage, a wero (challenge) was laid down by taiaha warriors, and the people of Newtown, Wellington, and beyond, responded in their thousands.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Wellington City Council as the Festival’s major funders, and the support and generosity of all our sponsors – thank you all so much!

The Festival is brought to life each year by the efforts of a huge team of people. Thank you to all the volunteer street marshals and ‘zero waste’ heroes, the stage coordinators, performers and technical crews, the stallholders, the teams who organised the street sports and the family zone activities, and of course all the hard working people on the core organising crew.  Many thanks also to Woody and his team from Electrical Generation Services Ltd, working through the night to get ready for the influx of stages and stalls neeeding power connections, to EMS Traffic Mangement Services on duty from well before dawn till after dark to secure the site, to all the other suppliers of essential infrastructure, and at the end of the day to the street cleaning teams.  For a day a teeeming temporary city inhabits our Newtown Streets, yet by the next morning all traces have vanished – until next year!

Newtown Festival is especially proud of the success of the Wash Against Waste, providing reusable crockery and a dishwasher station serving all the food stalls in Rintoul Street. Over 2 tonnes of waste were diverted from landfill this year, aided by compostable plates and excellent recycling facilities throughout the street fair looked after by an army of awesome volunteers. Thank you, Wellington, for your part in making the street fair delicious AND planet-friendly.

Rintoul Street also boasted electric car and cycle rides and demonstrations, hosting electric bike test rides from Kiwi eCycle to spice up your slog to work, and displays of electric vehicles from the Leading the Change community of enthusiastic and knowledgeable drivers. Newtown Festival is stoked to be part of helping Wellingtonians shift to more sustainable forms of transport.

The Festival continues to be a successful celebration of developing resilience and community building, a colourful showcase of musical talent, and a coming together of neighbourly care and environmental responsibility. Looking forward to seeing you all next year!