Woytopia in Umina replaces cancelled festival

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A special one-off festival will be held at the Umina Beach Markets on Sunday, November 18, to replace this year’s cancelled Woytopia sustainable living festival.

The Woytopia at Umina festival will add music, talks, extra stalls and children’s entertainment to the monthly Umina Beach Markets. There will be music from Paul Robert Burton, Kim Cannan, Libby Ingels and others. Walkabout Wildlife Park will bring their reptile show and Jake Cassar will introduce some local bushtucker.

Green talks include solar power, deep ecology, reducing food waste and more. The kids won’t be bored, either, with JoJo’s Circus Play Space, storytelling and mask making throughout the morning, while young and old alike can enjoy drumming with Drumbala. Umina Beach Markets also has a great range of food vendors catering for everyone from vegans to meat lovers, with flavours from around the world, and the awardwinning Jasmine Greens cafe is nearby.

This year’s Woytopia festival had originally been due to take place on Sunday, October 14 but had to be cancelled after torrential rain left the site fl ooded. “Despite the cancellation of this year’s Woytopia, we were still keen to put on an event for the local community,” said event manager, Mr Mark Mann. “Even though the festival didn’t go ahead, we still have to pay performers and entertainers, but luckily everyone has been very supportive and those who were available were happy to reschedule to the new date. “We hope everyone who missed out on Woytopia will come along, because it’s going to be a great family day out.”

Mr Mann added the Peninsula Environment Group, which runs Woytopia, was also planning a Woytopia fundraising night to cover some of the lost income from the festival. That will double as a Christmas party on Saturday, December 15, at the Everglades Country Club featuring music and stand-up comedy from Woytopia including Johnny Devilseed, Five Lands Band, Ricky Vargas and Gemma Garner. For full details of both events, see woytopia.info or Woytopia on Facebook.

SOURCE: Media release, 1 Nov 2018 Mark Mann, Peninsula Environment Group