Surfing in the streets


VISITORS to Yamba's Surfing the Coldstream Festival this weekend will be amazed by the sheer brilliance of the festival Gateway that will adorn the entrance to the Yamba Oval.

Created by children from South Grafton's Links to Learning Youth Start Programme and local artist Pamela Denise, the Surfing the Coldstream Festival Gateway is a stunning collection of mosaics and wonders which will enthral any person passing through it.

The gateway will also lead into a tunnel which enhances the illusion of surfing through an epic barrel.

Festival committee member Denise Patten said the entrance was spectacular.

"The gateway is mosaics of animals encrusted upon scaffolding and surrounded by white netting which looks like a wave," she said.

"And it will have legs sticking out to look like a person has been dumped in the surf.

"It will also be surrounded by fairy lights so it will be completely lit up as well."

Ms Patten said the artists had put in a fantastic effort.

"It is absolutely amazing, simply stunning," she said.

"They have done an amazing job on it, we are so pleased with it."

The oval will be the hub of activity for the festival and house the Children's Theatre Area, the Workshop Bamboo Dome, the Musical Mayhem Stage and the ElectroZone.

The Food Village featuring delights from around the globe will be housed there, as well as the festival Info Booth.

The Yamba market on Sunday morning will be located next to the oval.

The festival highlight, Light the Night, will finish at the oval after beginning at the top of the hill on Coldstream Street at 7:30pm, today.

eRTH, Australia's premiere street theatre company, will parade along the street to the beat of the Samba Blisstas.

Featuring pyrotechnics and ancient creatures this is an audio visual display not to be missed.

During the day Coldstream Street between Claude and River streets will feature live art and street shows.

In the Yamba Bowling Club carpark you will find the fringe stage.

This stage will be packed all weekend with performances from Sharon Moore, Allende Duo, Dave Irving and Who's Your Daddy.

Coldstream Street from River Street to Yamba Street is where the Street Fair today and the Artwalk tomorrow take place.

The Street Fair will house stalls from local businesses and visiting traders as well as internationallyacclaimed street theatre performers.

A stage for local dance and music groups to strut their stuff will also be here.

The artwalk tomorrow will feature a huge outdoor gallery with artists of all persuasions lining the streets to showcase their talents.

As the first ever artwalk in Australia, this event promises to be a highlight.

As you walk along Coldstream Street and up the hill you will pass the Yamba Cinema which will screen the Short Film Feast from noon on both days.

On top of the hill in Clarence Street will be the Street Cabaret stage.

This intimate stage will run from 3pm on both days and will feature some of the best jugglers, comics and magicians from around the country.

This is a busking stage so ensure you have plenty of your hardearned with which to reward the performers.

The Pacific Hotel stage is also up this way and from 9:30pm on Saturday Waiting for Guiness will do their thing.

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