Riverlights returns to shine a light on culture, food and music

Riverlights returns to shine a light on culture, food and music

The Maitland Riverlights Multicultural Festival returns to The Levee on Saturday 10 February bringing together a variety of cultures in an exciting mix of food, music, language and dance.

Over the years, the festival has become a popular celebration of the cultural diversity of Maitland and it will once again transform The Levee into a bright and connected global space.

This year’s festival will see 24 cultures represented through 20 cultural villages, food tasting, performance, games, traditional arts, craft and more.

Throughout the evening festival goers can also put their own personal touch on the event by taking part in Greater Bank lantern making workshops, where you’ll be able to create a lantern that will feature in the Riverlights Lantern Flotilla, as well as take part in instrument making or contributing to our riverside tyre totems.

The Joblink Plus Language Lounge is back once again and is the perfect opportunity to learn how to say hello in different languages or speak a few words of Japanese, Russian, Sudanese or one of the many other languages represented at the festival. The Language Lounge will feature interactive language games, and will also be creating a short film which participants will be able to be part of.  

The event will be capped off with a spectacular performance from Curious Legends, who will bring the Dreamtime story ‘Beginnings’ to life on the river. Anyone wanting to help build and paint some of the giants lanterns that will feature in the performance can attend the workshop at Walka Water Works this Saturday between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

The popular cultural passports are returning as well, which are a great way for the kids, families and festival visitors to collect passport stamps from all of the different cultural villages they’ve visited.

So head to The Levee from 4.00pm to 9.30pm on Saturday 10 February to immerse yourself in culture through interactive stalls, dance, food, music and arts, and experience the diversity of the four corners of the world right here in Maitland.

Maitland will be treated to two Riverlights festivals in 2018, with the second scheduled for Saturday 13 October.

For more information about this free family friendly event visit Maitland Riverlights.