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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While we may not be able to host our annual family street theatre festival Big Splash this year the fun doesn't stop as we bring you free family fun at The Riverfront throughout August with Splashtonbury!

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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.


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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.

Whilst we are unable to hold Big Splash this year The Riverfront is still being transformed into Splashtonbury. Find out what's happening via the Splashtonbury page above.

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Art on the Hill

 Art on the Hill 2020 will take place from Friday 27 - Sunday 29 November celebrating Newport's creative community and their works,

Although unable to open our doors for Art on the Hill this year, we are continuing to support the festival by opening up our window spaces to display a range of fantastic artworks.

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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