Performing with the Samba Blisstas in 2008, Debrah Novak is the new face of the Surfing the Coldstream Festival in Yamba next year.
Performing with the Samba Blisstas in 2008, Debrah Novak is the new face of the Surfing the Coldstream Festival in Yamba next year.

Surfing the Coldstream to return

AFTER a year off, the announcement we’ve all been waiting for has finally been made.

Next year Valley people can once again shake their tail feathers to the sounds of the Surfing the Coldstream Festival.

Event organiser, Live Prawn Productions, has announced that the festival will return in August.

But that’s not the only good news.

Unlike last year when the Yamba festival was held on the same weekend as the Jacaranda Festival in Grafton, next year both events will be held months apart.

“We thought long and hard about whether or not to change the month of the festival,” Debrah Novak, the newly elected chairperson of Live Prawn Productions said.

“We had a good look at the local and regional events in August, September and October and the back end of August was pretty empty so we have decided to run with it because it doesn’t clash with any other local or Northern Rivers event.”

Work had already begun to make the fourth festival the best ever.

Ms Novak said the headline act ‘Tijuana Cartel’ that made quite an impression on the crowds last year, next week is expected to confirm its return.

The Live Prawn Productions committee, which also runs the monthly Yamba River Market, has had a shake-up ready for a big year.

There are now 20 members on the committee and Dom Ferry has stood down as chairperson.

“Dom has directed the past three festivals, bringing to them an amazing energy, street theatre and a level of knowledge that will hold this committee in good stead for our future events,” Ms Novak said.

Mr Ferry will also stand down from managing the markets after January.

Live Prawn Productions is now looking for a part-time market co-ordinator, which is a paid position, and market and festival volunteers.

For more information go to www.surfingthecoldstream.com.au or email dnovak@yambansw.com.au .

The festival committee will regroup in January but meanwhile wants to hear from anyone who has any suggestions for either the markets or festival.



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