Festival momentum building

ORGANISERS of Yamba's Surfing the Coldstream festival are planning to transform the town over the October 22-23 weekend, and are appealing to Clarence Valley artists to help them do it.

Sixty curb-side sites along Coldstream Street have been reserved for emerging and established artists to display their work for one of the festival's main events, the Artwalk.

Each artist's site on the Artwalk will also act as a market of sorts where they will be able to sell their work to the public.

Organisers of the arts/fringe festival have also planned for a formal entrance to be set up on the River Street rugby oval which people will pass through before heading into the heart of the festival on Coldstream Street.

Surfing the Coldstream executive committee member Melinda Gibbs said the idea was to create a colourful outdoor gallery that allowed the public direct access to the work of visual artists from the Clarence Valley and Northern Rivers regions.

"We're hoping all of the artists in the Clarence Valley will participate as it's the first time Australia has had a formal Artwalk," she said.

Ms Gibbs said anyone interested in being part of the Artwalk, which is to be held between 9am and 2pm on Sunday, October 23, should contact Arthouse Australia in Yamba or visit the festival's new website,

But it's not only those with artistic flair organisers are keen to hear from.

They are also on the lookout for anyone who wants to help with preparation for the two-

day event.

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