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BID sponsors the return of the Big Splash

Newport Now BID is sponsoring the return of the Big Splash to the city centre after an absence of two years.

Newport Live and The Riverfront have announced their much-loved family street theatre festival will be returning to the streets of Newport this summer on Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 July.

The festival will once again amaze, amuse and entertain local people and visitors of all ages with the fantastic arts activity on offer including street theatre, busking, workshops and arts and craft activities, all of which can be enjoyed free of charge.

Performances will pop up in a number of zones across the city centre including the river walkway, John Frost Square, Commercial Street and High Street as Newport is transformed into a large outdoor stage. As always The Riverfront itself will be transformed into family hub Splashtonbury, encouraging the whole family to get involved in the arts and creativity.

Highlights of the festival in 2019 included Dizzy O’Dare bounce about inside his giant lime green balloon, a very friendly giant tortoise called Zelda and Whimsy a beautiful dance piece from Krystal S Lowe. Audiences were enthralled as The Band at the End of the World performed an energetic, lively and at times poignant musical procession set and two giant human jukeboxes had visitors singing and dancing along to a range of classic tunes.

Information about all the acts joining the Big Splash 2022 line up will be released very soon, but The Riverfront and it’s partners promise to bring back some Big Splash favourites as well as some new and exciting acts to enjoy. There will be live music, workshops, community performances and of course a wide variety of diverse street theatre acts all ready to entertain all ages. The Riverfront are once again delighted to be partnering with Newport’s Le Pub this year to bring back the Big Splash Busk.

Big Splash 2022 has been made possible thanks to the generous funding from Arts Council Wales and Newport Live, as well as sponsorship from the BID and Friars Walk. There are still sponsorship opportunities available for the festival this year. If you would like to get involved and sponsor the festival please email

BID manager Kevin Ward said: "We’re delighted to be involved with the Big Splash again. It has become one of the key events in the city centre calendar and brings much-needed footfall into the BID area to watch the fantastic street performances. The festival has been greatly missed the last couple of years so it’s wonderful to see it return this year."

To stay up to date with everything that is planned for Big Splash 2022 make sure you keep an eye on social media, and Twitter @BigSplashFest, and visit


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