Riverlights Cultural Villages are the heart of the festival.

Representing different nations and cultures, in 2018 the Cultural Villages will offer free interactive experiences, delicious food sampling and arts and crafts for sale.

Visit each one to taste traditional food, learn more about the culture and collect a stamp in your official Riverlights Cultural Passport, which are available from festival volunteers at the event.

October 2018 Cultural Villages

  • Afghanistan Hunter Afghan Community
  • Bangladesh Newcastle Bangladeshi Community Inc
  • ChinaNewcastle & Hunter Valley Chinese Association
  • Congo Congolese Community of Newcastle
  • Ethiopia – Ethiopian Families of Newcastle & Hunter
  • France – Alliance Francaise de Newcastle
  • Germany – Eine Kleine Deutsche Schule
  • Greece – Greek Macedonian Brotherhood of Newcastle & District
  • India – Indian Association of Newcastle
  • Indonesia – Indonesian Australian Community (Newcastle and Hunter Region Inc)
  • Japan – Hunter Japanese Community
  • Kenya – Wananchi Newcastle (Kenyan Community)
  • Latin American – Hunter Latino Community
  • North Sudan – Maitland North Sudan Community
  • Philippines – Pinoy Community Cultural Class Inc
  • Russia Federation – Russian speaking Community of Newcastle & Hunter
  • South African – South African Community of Central Coast & Hunter
  • South Sudan – Maitland South Sudan Community
  • Sri Lanka – Newcastle Sinhala School (Sinhalese)
  • Tamil – Newcastle Tamil Sangam
  • Thailand – Hunter Thai Community
  • Tibet – Tibetan Community of Newcastle Inc.
  • Tonga – Petani Pacific Islander Wellbeing Services Inc
  • Vietnam – Maitland Vietnamese Community
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