The shopfronts of the Peninsula have come alive as 24 local businesses take part in a vibrant shopfront photo exhibition until November 11.
The businesses have been sporting photos from the 2019 Coastal Twist Multi Arts and Culture Festival since October 28.
Among those businesses taking part are Lifeline, Link & Pin and Tradewinds.
Check out shopfronts across the Peninsula for large photographs of the festival by award-winning photographer Lisa Haymes.
A Coastie for the past 17 years, Haymes has been photographing food, fashion and events in the area as well as working with NAISDA, Central Coast Council and Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council
“Coastal Twist was such a notable fun and important festival, capturing the energy, talent and joy experienced by many over the three day extravaganza,” Haymes said.
“Supporting the arts and creating a visual platform such as the Coastal Twist Shopfront exhibition is a benefit for all involved and creates inspiration and acceptance for the local community on the Peninsula.”
Festival creative director Glitta Supernova said this year’s October event had been cancelled due to COVID-19.
“The pilot festival in 2019 was a resounding success due to the amazing support achieved from community, valued partners and local business across the Peninsula,” she said.
“The community support, along with the energy and commitment of our volunteers, helped to establish Coastal Twist as a major arts and culture diversity festival in record time and our rainbow window display competition was one of the highlights of the festival.
“To keep the ball rolling within the COVID confines we reimagined what we could do to keep visibility, inclusion and momentum going.
“We decided the best way to do this was a photographic exhibition in conjunction with local businesses, all of us working together for a more welcoming Central Coast.”
“We have been working closely with Lisa Haymes and are very excited to share with the community all the fun, glamour and creativity that was Coastal Twist 2019.
“We are hoping that sharing these images not only injects some vibrancy and curiosity to shop windows but humanises difference and opens dialogue and hearts, enforcing diversity as the natural norm of every living creature.”
Media release, Oct 19