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SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER

Maitland Riverlights celebrates diversity through food, music, dance and interactive experiences.

This year The Levee, Central Maitland, will transform into a global village on Saturday 12 October, where you can see, taste, feel and experience over 30 different cultures from around the world. Collect your Riverlights Cultural Passport on the day or download it beforehand, and explore your way through The Levee’s global village. Stop by the Language Lounge, the Groove Fusion stage and the World Kitchen to experience a trip around the globe right here in Maitland.

Don’t miss the Riverlights Finale on the riverbank. From 7.45pm the multi layered finale consists of the lantern parade from The Levee Shared Zone, lantern river flotilla, music, dance and dynamic light show.

Join in the fun of lantern making, cultural workshops and more happening across Maitland the week leading up to Maitland Riverlights main event on Saturday.

RIVERLIGHTS PROGRAM

Stay tuned for the full program and map to help you get the most from your Riverlights experience.

MUST SEE

If you visit the festival on Saturday 12 October, make sure you see the below experiences. 

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ADAM LIAW AMASSADOR 2024

Experience Riverlights with Adam Liaw as he joins us as the Maitland Riverlights Ambassador for 2024. Adam will be popping up around the event and at the Global Kitchen on Saturday, as well as hosting a ticketed dinner on the Friday night.

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RIVERLIGHTS FINALE

The multi layered finale will bring together the community lantern parade from The Levee Shared Zone, lantern river flotilla, music and dance on the Riverlights stage and dynamic lighting show that can’t be missed. Join in the fun from 7.45pm on the riverbank.

CULTURAL VILLAGES

Riverlights Cultural Villages are the heart of the festival. Representing different nations and cultures, the Cultural Villages will offer free interactive experiences, delicious food sampling and have arts and crafts for sale.

Visit each one to taste traditional food, learn more about the culture and be sure to collect a stamp in your official Riverlights Cultural Passport, which will be available from the festival volunteers at the event or download here closer to the event.

STAMP YOUR PASSPORT

Learn about cultural traditions, language, art, cuisine, games and more importantly, each other at the Cultural Villages. Visit each one and collect a stamp in your official Riverlights Cultural Passport.

EXPLORE THE EVENT

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SOUND GARDEN INSTALLATION

Walkthrough an interactive cultural ‘garden’ experience, connecting to the sounds, patterns, colours and aromas of our local multicultural communities.

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WONDERWORLD

Stop by this interactive art installation and photobooth located inside a shipping container to grab the perfect background for your pictures.

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RIVERLIGHTS STAGE

See a range of local and national bands captivating audiences with a range of performances influenced from across the globe.

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WORLD STAGE

Filled with vibrant and colourful cultural song and dance performances, a cultural fashion parade as well as the Citizenship Ceremony and Official Ceremony.

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CULTURAL VILLAGES

Learn about cultural traditions, language, art, cuisine, games and more importantly, each other!

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EXPRESS YOURSELF LANGUAGE LOUNGE

A crowd favourite at Maitland Riverlights, come along and learn songs to sing, common words and greetings, hear stories read in different languages as well as poetry.

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GLOBAL KITCHEN

Featuring different flavours from around the globe with expert presenters taking the stage to share their top cooking tips and tricks.

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GROOVE FUSION STAGE

See a range of fun and exciting performances and lessons delivered for audiences to participate in.

RIVERLIGHTS EATERY

Located in Dransfield Lane and Bulwer Street, the Riverlights Eatery is a dedicated food area featuring your favourite local and regional food trucks and stalls serving up a range of delicious food inspired from around the world. 

DISCOVER YOUR NEW FAVOURITE DISH

Wander through the Riverlights Eatery and experience the delicious range of cuisines available.