Real Festival set to return in 2023

Community Facilities and Recreation Manager Andrew Robinson, Member for Lindsay Melissa McIntosh, Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen, Nepean Multicultural Access Aged Care Coordinator Elizabeth Chavez, and Manager Laura Sardo.

Monday, 5 September 2022

Due to the ongoing infrastructure works along the Nepean River, Penrith City Council has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 Real Festival, scheduled for September this year. The good news is, the iconic riverside event will be back, fully refreshed, in September 2023.

Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen said she knew the community would be disappointed about the decision but looked forward to seeing record crowds at Tench Reserve for the 2023 event.

“COVID-19 led to the cancellation of our 2020 and 2021 festival and, with the need to cancel for a third time, we share the disappointment with the community and festival artists and crew,” Cr Hitchen said.

“Our beautiful festival site on the bank of the Nepean River is undergoing significant infrastructure works. These works will run until the end of the year, and while this means we can’t hold a large-scale event there this year, they will lead to an even better festival experience in 2023!”

The Tench Reserve upgrades are being led by the NSW Government as part of the Parks for People program and are now expected to be complete by late 2022.

But residents don’t have to wait until next year for a festival vibe in Penrith. Council will stage ROAM Festival in the city centre on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November.

“I encourage you to let yourself ROAM as you explore the city centre and enjoy art installations, music and kids’ activities with entertainment from roving performers and tasty treats from food trucks,” Cr Hitchen said.

For more information about the ROAM Festival, head to the upcoming events page on Council’s website.

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Information contained within this news release was correct as at Monday, 5 September 2022.