festivals & events

The Riverfront hosts a number of festivals and events both in the building and across the city of Newport throughout the year. Key annual events that can’t be missed include International Women’s Day celebrations in March, Big Splash in July, and Art on the Hill in November. 

The Riverfront has also played host to events for the WOW Film Festival, Black History Month and Newport Rising.

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International Women's Day

Celebrate International Women’s Day at The Riverfront!

Each March we celebrate International Women’s day at The Riverfront with some fantastic free performances and taster sessions all with a female focus.

Information about IWD 2021 will be available soon!

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Big Splash

Big Splash is Newport’s much-loved arts and street theatre festival which takes place annually in July just before the school summer holiday. The festival takes place at both The Riverfront which is transformed into family hub Splashtonbury, and also transforms the city streets into a huge outdoor stage.

The free events and performances for families and big kids includes dare-devil performances, immersive experiences and plenty of laughs, all of which pop up where you least expect them!

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Art on the Hill

Each year in November Art on The Hill, a weekend long festival, celebrates Newport’s creative community and their work. Over the weekend The Riverfront is transformed into a social hub full of free craft activities and exciting stalls for all ages.

Information about Art on the Hill 2021 will be available soon!

Get Involved

If you're interested in getting involved in one of our festivals or events as a volunteer or performer, take a look at our Community Arts section.

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