Mattara Festival October 2010

Location: Newcastle
Phone: 0431 214 905

A spring festival celebrating the city of Newcastle and its cultural diversity, a feast of colour and entertainment.



A celebration of, and by the people of Newcastle and the Hunter, through a diverse range of skills and performaces, at the picturesque Newcastle Foreshore. Dance, theatre, sculpture, art, food, music and environmental awareness is all on display in a fun atmosphere.

The word MATTARA, meaning hand, was inspired by the language of the Awabakal Aboriginal Dialect used by former natives of the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas. Mattara was selected as the title for the festival, denoting the hand of friendship that Newcastle extends to visitors as well as the Citys hand of industry.

Thousands of people attend the Festival annually, carrying the festive spirit through out the entire duration of Mattara. Key attractions include the inaugural Outdoor Art Exhibition and the Mattara Street Parade. Look out for these and other attractions:

  • Face Painting
  • Defence Force Display
  • Pet Parade
  • Carnival Rides
  • Market Stalls
  • Mattara Parade
  • Live Entertainment, and much more!