Newtown Cultural Precinct in Johannesburg inner-city is a vibrant area with an interesting history. In the heart of Newton is the Mary Fitzgerald Square, which was named after Mary Fitzgerald a trade unionist and Political Activist. Today the square is used to host some of the City’s popular events like the Joy of Jazz. Newtown is easily accessible from all parts of the City and is just M2 Highway. Here are a few things to do in the area:
- Beer tasting at SAB –World of Beer
The South African Breweries- World of Beer located in Newtown offer tours which showcase the history of beer brewing, in Africa and the world. During the hour-long tour you get to taste “Umqombothi” (Traditional African brewed beer). The tour also includes a pub tour, and a shebeen “an unlicensed place where liquor was sold” which was quite popular in South Africa before 1994. The SAB World of Beer is open daily from 10am -6pm and its located at 15 Helen Joseph Street, Johannesburg.
- Museum Africa
The Museum which located in front of the Mary Fitzgerald Square, it is interesting to know that this place was once a popular market in Johannesburg. Exhibitions include ancient African artifacts, Shanty Towns, display of the Rivonia Treason Trial. Entrance to the Museum is free and it is open From Tuesday – Sunday 9 am -5pm. You can find it at 121 Lillian Ngoyi Street
- The Workshop
The Workshop is a retail space that offers African inspired designs, art and crafts, located in the within the Newtown Junction Mall.
4. Watch a show at Market Theatre
The Market Theatre was has been around since 1976, and was popularly known as the “Theatre of Struggle”. One of Johannesburg Heritage sites, here you can watch shows that tell African Stories through music and dance, and for just R20 you can also take a guided tour around the theatre while learn of its fascinating history. Booking can be made on their website
5. Outie Bakery & Cafe
Have coffee at the Outie Bakery & Cafe while you wait to watch a show at the Market Theater which is just opposite. Its a great place to stop once after or before visiting any of the places mentioned above, You will find Outie Bakery & Cafe at 141 Lilian Ngoyi Street