Entertainment on the festival’s three stages will feature a diverse range of Sydney’s best, with live bands, acoustic artists and world music. Emerging talent and local community artists will be centre stage at The Vocal Local Village performance area, and the ever popular The Writers Tent will offer up its creative programme featuring prominent authors, panels and discussions.MAIN STAGE 10:50am Welcome to country 11:00am Bec Sandridge 11:50am Richard Cuthbert 12:40pm Tin Sparrow 1:30pm Gossling 2:20pm Barons of Tang 3:10pm Sticky Fingers 4:00pm Spit Syndicate 4:55pm Dubmarine ESSENTIALS STAGE 10:00am Simon Figliuzzi, NNC Sydneyvision winner 10:30am Royal Chant 11:15am Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes 12:00pm Slow Down Honey 12:50pm Betty Airs 1:40pm Georgia Fair 2:40pm Aleks and the Ramps 3:30pm Stonefield 4:25pm Ghostwood WRITER’S TENT – brought to you by local Newtown bookshop Better Read Than Dead 11.00am Performance Poetry Join our local & nationally recognised poets as they bring the tent to life with their high-energy poetry. 11.30am Newtown Neighbourhood Centre Short Story Awards “The Inner West: A Taste of Our Community” winners are announced & read their stories. 11.45am Nikki Gemmell With editor Anna Valdinger, Nikki discusses the impact on her life of The Bride Stripped Bare, & why she was tempted to again expose her innermost self in new book With My Body. 12.30pm Who runs the country -- the government or the markets? Chair Linda Funnell will ask authors Troy Bramston Looking for the Light on the Hill & Ross Gittins The Happy Economist to confront the difficult question of whether the economy is driving politics or if politics is driving the economy. 1.30pm Tim Flannery Tim Flannery, is one of Australia’s leading writers, thinkers & outspoken commentator on climate change. In his new book, Among the Islands, he takes us on an enthralling journey through some of the most diverse environments on earth. 2.15pm Kate Grenville Kate Grenville’s new book Sarah Thornhill, is the story of the youngest child of the family at the heart of Kate’s 2005 novel The Secret River. 3.00pm Peter Fitzsimons Join Peter Fitzsimons as he describes what he calls, "a true Adults Only version of Lord of the Flies, meeting Nightmare on Elm Street” in his new book Batavia. 3.45pm Lisa Pryor In conversation with Julian Morrow, Lisa Pryor author of A Small Book About Drugs offers an intelligent and personal look at the complex issue of recreational drug use. 4.30pm Radical Sydney In conversation with Danielle Chiaverini, authors of Radical Sydney, Terry Irving & Rohan Cahill, will explore the rich characters & rollicking past that made Sydney what it is today. Shoppers searching for vintage fashion, local art, fair trade products or a special gift will be able to browse through a fascinating array of more than 280 festival stalls. And taste buds will come alive with the aromas of foods from the four corners of the globe. Families and young children will find a huge range of entertainment in the festival kids and family zone. Fun activities and interactive workshops, amusement rides, and an amazing line up of Kids entertainers will provide a full day of fun. Keep your eye out for surprises from roving acts and street performers – and don’t miss the annual Newtown Festival Dog Show which is always fantastic entertainment! Full line up available in late September at www.newtowncentre.org/festival or find us on facebook “Newtown Festival Sydney” Newtown Festival is a passionate supporter of environmental sustainability, and festival goers will be able to make their own contribution to our plant through careful recycling on festival day. At the festival Eco Zone, you’ll discover a diverse range of workshops, displays and personnel with great information on urban sustainability, and of course the opportunity to participate in the Big Aussie Clothes Swap. Newtown Festival is an annual fundraiser for the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and festival goers are invited to give a gold coin donation at the festival entrance. All monies raised by the Festival are returned to the Centre to provide community support services to the local community. The festival is made possible by the generous contributions from our sponsors, our local community, artists and entertainers and volunteers.