Yamba Fest goes back to its roots

THE Yamba Festival has gone back to its roots as The Surfing the Coldstream Festival with all the fun and entertainment set to be unleashed on October 15.

Overlooking Yamba's Main Beach, Flinders Park will be transformed into the cultural epicentre of the festival and play host to an array of entertainers and exhibitions.

From Rasta reggae band Kingtide to the Spaghetti Circus, the cultural art walk to Fun to Play face painting for the kids there will be something for everyone.

Committee member Ilma Hynson said the aim of the Yamba Festival was to deliver a one-day, outdoor event that families and people of all ages could enjoy.

"We are embracing the original concepts of the previous Surfing the Coldstream Festival which was cross-generational and free," she said.

Ms Hynson said another aim of the committee was for the festival to showcase Yamba's beauty.

"That is why it is being held in Flinders Park and features some of the diverse cultures of the Clarence Valley."

All the action starts with free street buskers in Yamba and Coldstream St from 9am until 2pm.

Then the free family festival kicks off at 2pm and runs until 10pm.

Festival-goers will be greeted by a sensory walk at the entrance before immersing themselves in art, music and culture.

Iluka Maori band Kaha will entertain the crowds, people will be delighted by the Winging It procession for mental health, there will be African drumming, belly dancing amusement rides plus much more.

A food village will feature everything from German sausage to Asian food, and beverages.

The 72-seat, multi-colour double-decker magic bus will pick up festival-goers from Angourie, Wooloweyah and Treelands Dr at Yamba providing a memorable tour of Yamba to the festival.

For more information visit www.surfingthecoldstream.com.au.

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