Surfing the Coldstream Festival returns

IT’S BACK: Yamba’s Surfing The Coldstream Festival will make a return this year in October. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
IT’S BACK: Yamba’s Surfing The Coldstream Festival will make a return this year in October. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

THE Yamba lifestyle will take centre stage when the Surfing the Coldstream Festival returns to the town's streets later his year.

The festival, which was canned last year, will make its return on October 18 and will aim to increase value to festival sponsors through a package of

accommodation deals and special offers.

Festival co-ordinator Live Prawn Productions Inc - a non-profit association that runs the monthly Yamba River Markets - wants Clarence Valley residents living outside Yamba to join in the celebration of the coastal lifestyle.

This year's festival will feature entertainment from 9am to 10pm in Yamba's CBD and Flinders Park. The festival is offered free of charge and will be an alcohol-free, family-friendly outdoor event.

The seventh edition of Surfing The Coldstream Festival will once again feature incredible performing artists, from Australian bands with international reputations to local musicians with awe-inspiring talent; plus street performers, buskers, an ocean-themed kids' activity area and parade, fantastic local food, crafts, art and our fabulous community spirit.

"Surfing the Coldstream is at its heart a celebration of Yamba lifestyle," festival producer Phil Nicholas said.

"It showcases the things that inspire us and remind us how lucky we are to live around these parts, from the multi-cultural influence on local food, to the breathtaking beaches and National Parks that surround us.

"If there are two things that routinely impress me about the Clarence Valley: it's the number of people involved in music and arts at all levels, and the amount of energy people put in to supporting community initiatives. Surfing the Coldstream revels in and reflects back that community vigour and artistry. This year we'll present at least two acts with international touring reputations, playing alongside the best local talent," said festival committee member Gary Brisbane.

"The full festival program will be revealed over the coming months in a regular column in Coastal Views."

Mr Nicholas said community participation would be a cornerstone of this year's festival.

He said there would be many opportunities for involvement by volunteers, who in past years have enjoyed the camaraderie of being part of the festival team.

Roles ranged from delivering programs and posters, to organising buskers and helping out with the kids' workshops and parade.

Live Prawn vice-president Kathryn Woods said contributing just an hour or two on the day had a big impact on the festival running.

"It's the people who make it what it is," she said.

Mr Nicholas said this year the festival committee would focus on supporting local business by increasing value for festival sponsors and would be promoting accommodation deals and other special offers that local businesses dreamt up for the festival weekend.

A sponsorship package will be available soon.

What's happening

 WHAT: Surfing the Coldstream Festival returns to Yamba.

 WHEN: Saturday, October 18 from 9am to 10pm.

 WHERE: Yamba CBD and Flinders Park.

 DETAILS: Music including visiting and local bands. Busking on the streets. Celebration of food, art and craft. To register your interest in sponsorship, volunteering, busking, or simply to be first to receive festival announcements, contact or visit

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