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It’s the happening place in Johannesburg, where an arts, culture and heritage collective has been brought together in a public space for the appreciation of the general public. The Newtown Cultural Precinct was created in a rundown area that is attracting the crowds, with 4 art galleries alone, museums, theatres, boutique shops, jazz and other music clubs and a host of café’s and buzzing restaurants. Eclectic artwork from renowned artists and fresh new talent can be found here while cutting edge, archetypal African designs that are muscling their way onto the international fashion scene, are available for purchase in Newtown.
Public art is scattered throughout the entire area that include a series of over 500 carved heads and a stunning bronze likeness of Brenda Fassie, one of South Africa’s past colourful musical characters.
The name Newtown was given to the area in 1904 after a slum district was cleared to make way for a new industrial area and ironically, it too fell into disrepair before city officials took the decision to form an arts hub in an effort to rejuvenate the city. The project has been a complete success and a once dangerous area is now a vibrant open space for people to visit and enjoy. Old tram shelters, railway sidings and potato sheds were cleverly incorporated into the design of structures to retain much of the suburb’s history. A heritage trail has been established and is best done using the services of a registered tour guide.
The Newtown Cultural Precinct is not only a commercial space; it’s also a training hub for youth interested in the arts with institutions such as dance studios, music academies and design companies offering their services.
Saturdays are market days in Newtown and the Rea Vaya bus service runs through the precinct for those wanting to visit.