Get ready for Real Festival 2019

Art installation Leor the marionette

Monday, 23 September 2019

Penrith’s premier event, Real Festival, returns to the Nepean River from 1-2 November with an extraordinary program of theatre, music, art and family entertainment.

This year’s program includes a line-up of internationally celebrated performers as well as some of Australia’s best artists and musicians; with a breathtaking, never-before-seen show to headline the event.

The headline performance All That We Are is an aerial performance spectacular created especially for Real Festival by renowned Spanish director Younes Bachir and Australian choreographers Strings Attached and will be performed on Friday and Saturday nights.

Interactive and immersive experiences are set to transform the riverbank day and night with highlights to include an outdoor gallery of illuminated Indigenous art installations; a silent disco, gardening workshops with Costa Georgiadis and fun kids stage shows.

This year there’s also more for festivalgoers to indulge in with 30 of Sydney’s best food trucks serving delicious food day and night, a greater range of artisan markets and an outdoor riverside bar to relax in and soak up the vibrant festival atmosphere.
Penrith Mayor Councillor Ross Fowler OAM said residents will be amazed by what’s on offer.

“Real Festival is back for a fourth year. Each year it gets bigger and better, but undoubtedly 2019 will cement Penrith’s reputation as a leading event destination,” Cr Fowler said.

“This year’s festival really pushes creative boundaries and tells important stories in different spectacular ways including stage shows, captivating art installations and live music.

“We are bringing the very best creative minds from around the world to entertain, enthral and inspire festivalgoers, as well as providing a platform to showcase emerging local talents.

“The Festival will deliver the very best in fun, family-friendly entertainment and activities. There is something for everyone to enjoy, and it’s all for free. You don’t want to miss it, “Cr Fowler said.

Head to the Real Festival website to view the full event program, book workshops and plan your trip to the event. Connect with Real Festival on Facebook to keep up to date with news.

Real Festival is proudly produced by Penrith City Council with the support of The Penrith Homemakers Centre, Busways, The Western Weekender, 7News and the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.


What: Real Festival        

When Friday 1 November, 5pm-10pm and Saturday 2 November, 2pm-10pm

Where: Tench Reserve, Tench Avenue, Nepean River



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Photo caption: Leor is a four-metre tall gentle giant who only comes to life with help from festival attendees.

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Monday, 23 September 2019.