Celebrating Maitland's diversity

Celebrating Maitland's diversity

Maitland is lucky enough to play host to a number of great events throughout the year. But I can honestly say one of my favourites is the Riverlights Multicultural Festival, which is on at The Levee this Saturday evening.

Riverlights is very unique in what it stands for, and that’s the celebration of cultural diversity. We are lucky in that we live in the Hunter Valley, a culturally diverse part of Australia and it means that events like Riverlights are always a lot of fun.

I always try to learn new things when I go to Riverlights and I hope this weekend is no different. There is so much you can take from the knowledge of different cultures and this event gives you an opportunity to do that, all in the one spot.

This year 24 cultures will be represented on Saturday through 20 cultural villages, food tasting, performance, games, traditional arts, craft and much more.

The Language Lounge is back again this year and I’ve promised myself to try and add a few new words to my international vocabulary. It’s interactive and all about learning to say hello and discovering new words in different languages.

I’m also looking forward to the performance from Newcastle group Curious Legends at the end of the night, which will bring the mysterious Dreamtime story of Tiddalick the Frog to life. It’s sure to be a special end to what will no doubt be a wonderful night out in Maitland. I hope to see you there!

Riverlights is on from 4.00pm to 9.30pm this Saturday at The Levee. You can find out everything you need to know at maitlandriverlights.com.au