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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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.

Big Splash will return for 2022 on Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 July. View the acts and schedule for the weekend below!

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Art on the Hill

Art on the Hill Newport is a weekend of art and creativity on the west side of Newport featuring open houses, events and exhibitions. Over the weekend The Riverfront is transformed into a vibrant craft market selling wonderful makes from a range of local artists.


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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.

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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