Riverlights returns for a celebration of culture

The Riverlights Multicultural Festival returns to The Levee Central Maitland on Saturday 8 October bringing together a variety of cultures in a celebration of food, music, language and dance.

Entering its fifth year, the festival remains a popular celebration of the cultural diversity of Maitland and will once again turn The Levee Shared Zone into a bright and connected global space. The conclusion to the evening will see the Hunter River lit up with a floating lantern display for an unforgettable family experience.

Maitland City Council Events Coordinator Adam Franks says, ‘This year’s festival will have more cultural villages to experience, with 23 villages and approximately 30 cultures represented through a range of activities such as food tasting, performance, craft, hair braiding, henna and much more.

‘Not to be missed is the riverside lantern parade and the spectacular Riverlights lantern flotilla where hundreds of colourful glowing paper lanterns are floated down the river, which will be a great end to the night’.


The popular cultural passport will again be at this year’s festival which is a great way for the kids, families and festival visitors to collect stamps to show where they’ve been. Also returning is the Language Lounge which is the perfect opportunity if you’ve ever wanted to learn another language or to count in Polish, Swahili, Sudanese or one of the many other languages represented at the festival.

Leading up to this year’s event the community is invited to make their own paper lantern to be part of the flotilla at the festival with free workshops to be run at all Maitland City Library branches during the school holidays. For more information on these visit maitland.nsw.gov.au/Library

In addition there will be a lantern making workshop held at Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council building on 23 September facilitated by Council’s Community and Recreation Services Team in partnership with Mindaribba, which is open to everyone. A workshop will also be run at Maitland Library on 29 September by Ability Links in partnership with the Library for their members and the general public. There will also be lantern making at the event from 3.00pm to 7.00pm.

Maitland Riverlights is a free family friendly event. Head to The Levee from 3.00pm to 9.00pm on Saturday 8 October for an immersion 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.

For more information about this year’s Riverlights Multicultural Festival visit maitlandriverlights.com.au.