Out of the box ideas needed

Central Coast Council has commenced planning for this year’s The Lakes Festival and is calling for Expressions of Interest from local businesses, organisations and community groups who’d like to be involved.

The 10 day festival celebrates the Coast’s beautiful and diverse waterways and typically sees events take place at waterside suburbs around the region.

It is being planned for November, but this year’s will be different to previous festivals, as council adopts a range of COVID-safe measures to keep festivalgoers safe.

Those measures do mean more careful planning will need to take place as council develops this year’s program and, according to Council Unit Manager Community Partnerships, Glenn Cannard, out of the box ideas will be needed.

While planning is still underway, it’s understood Memorial Park at The Entrance will be this year’s festival hub, with ‘Under The Wave’, a popup wave structure that will play host to entertainment across the 10 days.

“If you have creative vision and would love to be part of the festival program, we want to hear from you.

“We’re looking for great music, theatrical performances and outside the box creative ideas to fill the space.

“Contributors will need to stay true to the overarching theme of our waterways and will benefit from inclusion in our marketing campaign and a listing in the program,” Cannard said.

Central Coast Mayor, Lisa Matthews, said it: “The Lakes Festival is without a doubt an annual highlight for our region and it is made possible through the contributions of so many amazing local businesses, groups and organisations.

“It has been disappointing to see so many events cancelled due to COVID-19 and I’d encourage creative locals to come together and be part of The Lakes Festival for 2020,” she added.

Submissions close on August 7.

Press release, Jul 24
Central Coast Council Media

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