Two days of musical mayhem

SINCE April it has played host to the Yamba Buccaneers rugby team, and for the upcoming summer the sound of leather and willow will be heard coming from Yamba Oval.

A usual grazing area for Yamba's kangaroo population and a place where fitness fanatics train, the oval is the scene of many and varied activities throughout the year.

But this weekend the oval will host an event unlike anything ever seen there before.

Children's theatre, rap, hip-hop, contemporary dance, yoga, bands, electronic music ? Yamba Oval will be filled with the sights and sounds of these activities this weekend as part of the two-day Surfing the Coldstream Festival.

The transformation will begin just after 8am on Saturday when the Workshop Bamboo Dome gets underway.

Throughout the morning and until 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, this stage will be a hive of activity featuring free workshops from some of the festival's most accomplished artists.

From 10am on both days Greg Sheehan and NORPA dancers Daniella Kinkenauer and Jason Campbell will conduct classes in body percussion, rap, hip-hop and con- temporary dancing.

For the less energetic in the crowd, yoga classes by Robyn Cummings and make-up and body art classes by Zyra will also be held.

From 11am both mornings the children's theatre area will spring to life with a performance of 'Tiddilk ? The Frog Who Swallowed All The Water of the World', by Canberra's Longyard SideShow Company.

Featuring puppetry, pantomime and a massive pop-up book, this performance promises to have children of all ages in raptures.

The Musical Mayhem Stage will kick-off the afternoons with a selection of the best musical acts in Australia.

Mic Conway's Junk Band, Women in Docs, Waiting for Guiness, The Remains, Oka and Nebo will all play on both days to provide a unique and eclectic soundtrack for the festival. The festival will conclude on this stage on Sunday night with the 'Symphony with the Roos', performed by the Clarence Valley's Sinfonia Orchestra.

The Yamba Rugby Club Building will also get in on the act, with the ElectroZone pumping out electronic beats from 4pm-9.30pm on Saturday.

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