The Maitland Riverlights Festival was held last Saturday night on the riverbanks of Maitland.
The Riverlights Multicultural Festival is a diverse and colourful celebration of culture through interactive stalls, dance, food, music and arts.
Thousands of residents from Maitland and the Hunter, along with visitors to the region, descended upon Maitland’s riverbank on Saturday evening to enjoy the cultural performances and to taste the international cuisine on offer.
As night fell, the river came alive, with the lantern flotilla and the illuminated Rainbow Serpent floating downriver for the finale of the evening.
With lantern making workshops, the language lounge, the global kitchen and cultural demonstrations, there was something for everyone to enjoy.
It was fantastic to see such large crowds coming together to celebrate what a diverse region we are.
Well done to the Maitland community for supporting this community event, particularly Maitland City Council and our diverse ethnic communities who spent many nights putting this event together.
It is one night, which culminates a significant investment of time and effort many in our community have made supporting multiculturalism.