Festival of Women to present a myriad of events and activities

The Central Coast Festival of Women will return to the Coast from March 1, with a myriad of events and activities that celebrate the integral role that women play in our society.

From artisan markets and a cabaret, to the sixth annual Central Coast International Women’s Day Expo, there’s something for every woman on this year’s program, according to Festival Combined Committee Member, Margaret Heathcote.

According to Heathcote, at its core, the festival is about celebrating women and all they do, from the mundane to the extraordinary.
“Over the years, I’ve watched this festival grow into this umbrella for all women’s groups and events on the Coast, and it is so important because it recognises women for their contributions to society.
“We’ve got some phenomenal women involved in all sorts of things and succeeding, living right here on the Coast, and we think that they deserve to be acknowledged and celebrated,” Heathcote said.

Heathcote said the festival had become a lightning rod for women’s interest groups and services, with the Combined Committee encouraging all Central Coast based women’s groups, businesses and service providers to reach out and see how they can get involved.

“We’ve taken the festival around the Coast over the years and seen it grow into a real platform for local women and girls,” Heathcote said.
The Festival will open with Tuggerah Lakes Art Society’s ‘Women in Art’ Exhibition at The Entrance Community Centre Gallery on March 1, with the following events to take place around the former Gosford LGA: March 3; Central Coast Women’s Health Centre International Women’s Day (IWD) celebration, Wyoming, free; March 4, IWD celebration at the Peninsula Women’s Health Centre, Woy Woy, featuring Naughty Noodle Fun Haus and Coastal Twist Creative Director, Glitta Supernova, free; March 7, Umina Beach branch of the Country Women’s Association IWD barbecue fundraiser, Bunnings Warehouse Umina; Naughty Noodle Fun Haus present Rayon Riot II at their venue on Broken Bay Rd, Ettalong, ticketed event; March 8, Soroptimist International Brisbane Water IWD Breakfast, The Reef, Terrigal; White Violet Long Lunch for IWD, Entertainment Grounds Gosford; March 10, Women of Worth Awards, Wyoming Community Centre, hosted by Gosford Regional Community Services, free; March 11, Empowering Women and Equality Community Forum featuring Trish Doyle, Shadow Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic Violence, The Grange Hotel, Wyoming, hosted by the Ourimbah Narara Valley Branch of the ALP, free; March 15, Birthing Kits Packing Day, Central Coast Grammar School, hosted by the Central Coast Grammar School Zonta Club, free.

The full Central Coast Festival of Women 2020 program, including information on how to book, is available on page 21 of the print edition.

Media release, Feb 20
Sally Jope, Central Coast Festival of Women