Newtown is situated in Johannesburg’s inner city and forms part of the city’s cultural and creative hub. The district houses theatres, art galleries, museums, restaurants, book stores, craft markets, clubs and cafés.
In the early 20th century, the area was originally used primarily for brick making since the land was rich in clay. Due to its easy access to Johannesburg’s railway lines, Newtown became a commercial and trading hub as banks, brick companies, breweries and fisheries establishing in the area.
The district has a politically turbulent past and, due to its multiracial diversity, it was the scene of some of the first forced removals in Gauteng implemented by the apartheid government. Today, Newtown remains resolutely colour-blind with artists of all races gathering here.