Big Splash Festival Returns To Newport For Summer 2023

Newport Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre have announced the return of their Big Splash festival on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July. This festival is the largest free outdoor arts festival in Wales and attracts over 20,000 visitors to the city.

The city will come alive as the festival will once again amaze, amuse and entertain local people and visitors of all ages with street theatre, live music, workshops and arts and craft activities, all of which can be enjoyed free of charge. Performances will pop up in several zones across the city centre including the river walkway, John Frost Square and Commercial Street as Newport is transformed into a large outdoor stage. 

From giant, jumping kangaroos, grumpy unicorns, a weightlifting butterfly and a swimming slug, last year’s festival was a huge burst of colour and energy on the streets of Newport, leaving so many people wanting more. The feedback that The Riverfront received was immensely positive and showed how much the people of Newport and beyond enjoy the event. 

Big Splash 2023 has been made possible thanks to the generous funding from Arts Council Wales, Newport Live, Newport BID and Newport Transport. There are still sponsorship opportunities available for the festival this year. If you would like to get involved and sponsor the festival, please email  

Newport Live’s Director of Business Development, Andrea Ovey says ‘We’re delighted to see the welcome return of the Big Splash for 2023, the team across the Riverfront and Newport Live continue to develop the festival, now the biggest of its kind in Wales, it’s a wonderful start to the official Summer Holiday period, and importantly has an immensely positive impact on the city and its communities, making theatre, arts and culture accessible and enjoyable for all. There is also a hugely positive impact for city centre businesses across the weekend through the increased footfall the festival generates. A heartfelt thank you once again to the Arts Council of Wales for making the event possible, along with our commercial sponsors who provide much needed additional support.” 

The event is the perfect day out for family and friends to watch, laugh, take part and be immersed within the entertainment. All activities and shows will be free to attend. Digital and printed programmes for the event will be released closer to the time so you can see who’s performing and on what stage. More information about the line-up will be released soon. To keep updated, keep an eye on The Riverfront’s website and social media accounts. 

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