Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, is encouraging all Central Coast residents to get to the Woy Woy Peninsula over the October long weekend (October 4-6) to take part in the Central Coast’s first ever PRIDE event, Coastal Twist Festival.
Over three days and nights, the Coastal Twist Festival will see free and ticketed events including cabaret, drag, film, live music, food and fairs across Woy Woy, Umina and Ettalong.
“This is an amazing opportunity for the Central Coast to open up our community to diverse groups of people and I hope to see all of the Central Coast residents over these three exciting and unique days,” Tesch said.
The Coastal Twist Festival is pitched at people from all places, spaces and identifications and is set to be the first of many local pride events.
“The Central Coast voted overwhelmingly for the legalisation of same-sex marriage,” Tesch said.
“It’s clear that the majority of us take pride in and support the LGBTIQA+ community, which is why it is so appropriate that we welcome our diverse communities at this event,” she added.
Coastal Twist Director, Glitta Supernova, said festival goers can expect a world class program of curated, cutting edge performances, arts and culture events featuring prolific homegrown talents and international acts.
The festival includes two major all ages, family friendly events, the Life’s A Beach picnic and the Coastal Twist Fair Day.
Life’s A Beach will take place at Umina Beach and will be highlighted by the world’s first ever LGBTIQA+ longboard surfing contest which guests can enjoy whilst picnicking on the beach.
There’ll also be several other free activities on the day for families to enjoy, from beach volleyball to a celebratory display from the Lifesavers with Pride group.
Supernova said Fair Day goers can expect music, drag, markets, community stalls, curated food and a day stage of rotating acts featuring some of the country’s most prolific LGBT personalities, artists and entertainers, and a Puparazzi Pooch Parade dog show.
“The Fair Day is a fun day out for absolutely everyone. Come down and experience a day out on the Coast like no other,” Supernova said.
Both Tesch and Supernova agree that Coastal Twist could be the catalyst for a recurring Central Coast PRIDE event and was a landmark moment for the region which has one of the largest populations in NSW, but had zero representation events for its LGBTIQA+ community.
Tesch said the festival was also expected to be a huge boon for local tourism, with thousands of people expected to attend on top of those that already expected to be holidaying in the area.
“This is not only a fabulous all-inclusive festival but also a terrific economic opportunity for local businesses.
“We want to have landmark events on the Central Coast to continue to promote tourism and put us on the map,” Tesch said.
Media release, Sep 11
Liesl Tesch MP
Media release, Sep 24
Glitta Supernova, Coastal Twist Festival