Newtown always wanted to be subversive and different, and now it has achieved that goal. November 9th will mark its inaugural Independence Day, but there are still wrinkles to be ironed out—not the least of which is who will be the president of this hipster micro-nation.
As of the end of May, City of Sydney Mayor, Clover Moore, and Marrickville Mayor, Jo Haylen, shared leadership of the suburb, but neither has yet thrown their hat into the ring. Citizens are throwing the names of local personalities around, including former Red Wiggle, Murray Cook. While the presidential race is being decided, festival organisers are stoking the media with ambiguous quotes such as, “Expect and unexpected” and “The head of Newtown will be as quirky as Newtown is.” Very helpful and mysterious, guys.
In other Newtown news, the two water buffalo that recently stampeded down King St are rumoured to feature on the Newtown seal and the national anthem race is wide open due to all the indie musical talent running rampant in the Inner West. The rugby team is to be called the Bluebags (seriously) and are training furiously at Henson Park.
This year’s Newtown Festival is predicted to be the biggest and best yet, and it's expected that more than 80,000 people will show up to revel in over 300 stalls, live music and entertainment. The festival will be on Newtown Independence Day this year, so write that down in your alternative diary.