Jenni Mann is one of the artists sharing her skills painting surfboards that will decorate Yamba’s CBD for the upcoming Comedy, Music and Arts festival.
Jenni Mann is one of the artists sharing her skills painting surfboards that will decorate Yamba’s CBD for the upcoming Comedy, Music and Arts festival.

Surfboards bring wave of colour

THE Yamba Festival of Comedy, Music and Arts programs have gone to print, all acts have been finalised, the International Film Festival is set to roll and the Samba Blisstas have been training that extra bit harder for their performance on the much anticipated market Sunday.

On the Wednesday before the festival’s August 19 launch date, about 20 hand-painted marine ply surfboards will be attached to poles in Yamba’s CBD to mark the beginning of four days of festival fun.

A number of local artists volunteered their creativity while all the paint for the street decorations was donated by Bryan Moody.

The Yamba CBD shopkeepers have been invited to decorate their shops in a “water ocean theme” for Festival Friday.

Festival chairperson Debrah Novak encouraged local businesses to adopt an ambassador role for their community festival.

“No one will do a better job than them to invite people or remind locals that this event is on,” she said.

The festival committee has received more than 50 cash and in-kind donations from local businesses, as well as Clarence Valley Council and NSW Industry and Investment.

Three businesses from Maclean have also come on board, plus the festival’s very first trans-Tasman sponsor.

“Our business community is so unbelievably generous; we want them to really enjoy this time with us, too,” Ms Novak said.



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