Coastal Twist: Getting Their Groove On For A Landmark Arts & Culture Festival

Written by Staff Writers
Category: Arts Published: Friday, 06 September 2019 09:25

Central Coast NSW is set to fly its rainbow flag nationally for the very first time as the Coastal Twist Festival gets set to strap on its bustier with an inclusive, bright, and bold programme across three delicious days and nights.

It's a programme filled to the brim with free and ticketed day and night events across the Peninsula, which includes a line-up of international, Australia-wide and local LGBTIQA+ performance and visual artists, DJs, musicians and national organisations cooking up vivacious variety choc-o’block with choices from cabaret, drag, film, live music, dance parties and exhibitions.

There is something for everybody with world-class fringe cabaret performance and Sydney’s Club Kooky DJ Jonny Seymour leading a Surrealist Bauhaus dance party which will be a night like no other driven by the arts of costume, make-up, special effects and creativity without borders.

Saturday will be an all ages free 'Life’s A Beach' picnic on Umina Beach with a joining of the forces of Sal’s Surf School and the Ocean Beach Malibu Club presenting what we believe is the world’s first LGBTIQA+ Longboarding event, with guest judge the one and only Nell Schofield ('Puberty Blues').

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Image © Chrissie Hall

The Australian Surf LifeSavers With Pride will be there representing beaches across Australia and promoting a progressive, inclusive and welcoming beach life saving culture for the LGBTIQA+ community with thanks to the Ocean Beach SLC, sharing all their resources.

Australian LGBTIQA+ Film Institution Queer Screen known for its annual Sydney Mardi Gras Festival is curating its first ever Central Coast screening at the 'Twist Top Short Shorts', the closing event of the festival.

The Coastal Twist Festival will be culminating in a huge landmark oceanfront Fair Day at the Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Umina Beach. It's an Auslan-interpreted stage across the day with world class LGBTIQA+ entertainment from drag to live bands, youth spaces, rainbow family zone, curated food, Drag Storytime and Puparazzi Pooch Parade, curated food vendors.

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Image © Chrissie Hall

Wear It Purple and Twenty 10 will be there empowering inclusive and visible environments for rainbow young people and PFLAG for families and friends. Central Coast Council are also hosting the 'Including You' tent with a range of hearing and visual aids and noise-cancelling headphones, sensory tools, and a quiet space to escape noise and crowds associated with events supporting not only people in the community living with a disability, their families and carers, but elderly people, parents with prams and others with limited mobility (from injuries or illness).

Bring a picnic blanket, grab your pozzy and get set for a memorable day aligning your belly, heart and choices with human rights and equality for all people.

Coastal Twist is on at Umina Beach, Woy Woy, and Ettalong Beach from 4-6 October.

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