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Coast Life Festival returns on Sunday 28 March at The Entrance North

By Out of the Blue Productions
Posted: 14 Nov 2020
After a successful pilot event at The North Entrance Surf Club in 2019, community response was overwhelmingly positive to the cultural and education event designed around celebrating coastal life, our natural environment, and local creatives; a second, bigger event was in planning for March 2020 when the global pandemic brought the events industry to screeching halt.

A small and brave local events and marketing team have banded together to bring Coast Life to the Central Coast again in 2021, with a knowing that the local community is starved for live entertainment, cultural engagement, and a reason to celebrate as a community again.

"Despite the challenges in event production this year, we feel it is important to push through and create something for the community to look forward to again," says Festival Director Monique Hartman.

"Social issues such as loneliness and isolation were already a problem in our region before the pandemic, which has only been exasperated recently for many in the community. We hope this event will be an opportunity for the connection and celebration we've been longing for this past year".

Coast Life is themed WATER - it looks at the different ways we interact with it, from recreation to survival, and hosts keynote talks on varying topics including the science of our waterways, saving marine life, fishing and boating, water from a humanitarian perspective, the mental health benefits of water sports, and more.

This program is supported with an array of exciting activations including live music, live art, installation art, photography, film screenings, comedy, poetry, workshops, food and beverage, market stalls, yarns around the campfire, kids games, and much more.

"We've packed as much into one program as we could," says Monique,

"My goal is to represent the diversity of the Central Coast demographic and make the program as varied and inclusive for all as possible. We want this event to be a representation of the beauty, creativity, and fun we have in our beautiful region, and give us all a reason to be proud of who we are and what we're capable of as a community".

Bringing Coast Life to fruition has not been easy, especially this year, with fundraising challenges due to bushfires, floods, and then the pandemic, but in addition the lack of financial support from the federal, state and local governments for the live entertainment and arts sectors has made the task additionally challenging.

So the Coast Life team are turning to the business and wider community to help see this event lift off. There are several ways you can participate with Coast Life: Corporate Partnerships, Investment, Program Advertising, donating to the Crowdfunding campaign, or Buying a ticket.

"The goal is for this event to become a major flagship event for the Central Coast. I want all residents to feel a sense of ownership of it and be proud of it. The arts bring so much richness, healing, connection, and vitality to a community. We are confident this will be a great success, but we need some backers to get it off the ground in the first place," Ms Hartman said.

Coast Life will be held at Terilbah Reserve, The Entrance North on Sunday 28 March 2021 11am - 10pm.

Coast Life is all-ages, fully accessible, and fully licensed.

The full program will be announced in December.

EOIs for filmmakers, photographers, market stall holders, and event volunteers will be open in the coming weeks.

Tickets are on sale now via coastlifefest

You can donate to the crowdfunding campaign which will assist paying the creatives featured at the event, as part of a post-COVID support and recovery initiative for local artists, entertainers, and arts industry workers via Go Fund Me or the Coast Life website.

The two official charities for the event are Take 3 for the Sea and Australian Seabird Rescue Central Coast.

Coast Life is produced by Out of the Blue Productions and co-presented with Advantage Group and Studio Ark.

Coast Life is proudly supported by Lakehaven Shopping Centre, #Untrashy, Triple M Central Coast, CJH Yachts, Fixx Events, French for Tuesday, Sixt5 Productions, CC365, plus more to be announced.

Image credits: Salty Lens Co.

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