The Central Coast’s own PRIDE and LGBTIQ arts and culture festival, Coastal Twist, has been postponed.
Festival Founder and Director, Glitta Supernova, confirmed this year’s event was being pushed back a month to give the festival committee more time to plan the festivities in accordance with COVID biosecurity requirements.
“Coastal Twist October 2020 is going ahead and, as of this week, we are working to ensure a safe, fun and diverse program of events to suit whatever post-lockdown world we end up in,” Supernova said.
“It’s super important that artists, crew, partner venues all follow the intention of the restrictions outlined by the NSW Government, and practice safe social distancing where required.
“That said, with galleries, museums, bars and now markets opening in NSW, we are looking great for October.
“For 2020 only we have delayed the festival date from our usual October long weekend slot to the new three-day festival date [from] October 30 to November 1.
“Instead of cancelling we felt it was important to keep the momentum going from last year as we have just begun our radical inclusion journey continuing to build and support all of our traditionally marginalized communities and breaking through the walls of isolation, bias and of course the outdated and veiled structures holding us all back from achieving our best as a more welcoming and inclusive Central Coast.
“Delaying the Festival buys us more time to deliver the Festival to its fullest capacity, more chance that our events can go ahead in the way they were intended with us all together and celebrating our resilience and vibrancy,” Supernova said.
Planning for Coastal Twist 2020 is proceeding, with more information expected to be made available over the coming months.
With the new dates for the Festival coinciding with Halloween the Coast could be in for a very interesting long weekend.
Media statement, Jun 26
Glitta Supernova, Coastal Twist Festival
Reporter: Dilon Luke