The Riverlights Multicultural Festival has been pushed back from October to February 2018, due to construction of stage two of The Levee.
Access to the river is currently restricted and would significantly impact the visitor experience at the festival, according to Maitland City Council.
“Moving this year’s event to February next year will allow for the completion of The Levee Development Component Two, including The Riverlink Building, providing improved access to the Hunter River that will enhance the event offerings into the future,” council’s manager of marketing and communications Rachel MacLucas said.
“Riverlights remains an important event for our community and in addition to the February event it will also be back in October 2018, meaning there will be two festivals next year, allowing it to return to its regular time slot.”
Council will continue to work with community groups and stallholders as planning for February’s event gets underway. Program details for the new event date are being finalised with further information being distributed to stakeholders soon.
The date for the second Riverlights next year will be Saturday October 13.
Construction of The Levee is scheduled to be completed as planned by the end of 2017.