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A Maitland City Council initiative, Maitlanes, will add more colour and a vibrant atmosphere to the CBD this weekend.

Seven laneways across central Maitland are set to each play host to something enchanting, entertaining, educational or intriguing on Saturday 4 March from 3pm to 9pm.

From stand-up comedy, trivia and a pop-up cocktail bar in Coffin Lane to a groovy DJ set and food trucks in Dransfield Lane, Maitlanes LIVE is the opening night of council’s project, which seeks to entice people to rediscover and reimagine the spaces in the CBD.

Moore Street’s Urban Jungle theme.

Linger longer during Stillsbury Lane’s acoustic loungeroom sessions; take a walk on the wild side through Moore Street’s Urban Jungle, which will play host to permaculture talks from Purple Pear Farm and botanical inspired mocktails; stir the imagination with sensory art workshops amidst NAB Lane’s new cedar forest mural; or delight the little ones with free kids activities in Drill Hall Lane while roving performers and “live” music across the precinct will offer something sure to delight the whole family.

Council’s coordinator city events and activation Adam Franks said Maitlanes LIVE was a “free, all ages evening” with no tickets required for any of the activities or entertainment.

“We’re inviting everyone into Central Maitland to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of our many Maitlanes experiences,” he added.

“Over the past month, we’ve seen each of these laneways reimagined through new artwork and murals, creation of green space and new fixtures and furniture to encourage people to sit and stay awhile.

“For Maitlanes LIVE, we’re showcasing the potential of each space.”

Local businesses and creatives are set to benefit from the event, with plenty of outdoor dining options and spaces nestled between the city’s targeted laneways.

“Maitlanes is also about boosting Maitland’s night-time economy and increasing visitation,” Mr Franks said.

“Dozens of local musos, artists, creatives and small businesses are contributing to the program on the night.”

Maitlanes, funded by the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces initiative, will continue until the end of April.

Further information on the Maitlanes LIVE program – including set times and food options – can be found at mait.city/maitlanes-live.

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