THE Prom Coast Festival provides a focus for community engagement and for showcasing the exciting opportunities available in the shire for both locals and tourists. The biennial Festival, now in its 7th iteration, will take place over the weekend of March 15 – 172019. It celebrates creativity, culture, lifestyle and landscape. Each Festival in the past has been a resounding success as measured by the range of community groups that have been involved which has risen each year. The reputation of the Festival has meant that locals, schools in the area and tourists now plan to include the Festival in their Autumn activity planning.
The Prom Coast Festival committee acts as a facilitator for the Festival. It liaises with local groups to volunteer to run an event for the Festival. The groups then run events independently. Each group is responsible for booking their own venues, ticket sales, performers, exhibition displays and organising sponsorship for their events. The Prom Coast Festival committee draws these threads together into an integrated, varied and balanced program.
Previous Festivals have involved primary and secondary schools, community groups such as Rotary and Lions Clubs, Foster Arts Music and Drama Association, Prom Coast Arts, Stockyard Gallery, Fish Creek and Toora Galleries. Tourism groups and individual tourism operators, as well as the local business community have offered their support either in sponsorship of the Festival (e.g., printing), or in kind, (e.g., donation of food or loan of equipment).
The prime function of the Festival is to bring the community together in celebration of living and working in the Prom Coast area. In addition, the committee believes the Festival is a significant contributor to wide awareness of the district as a vibrant tourist hub.
If your community group hasn’t as yet made contact with the Prom Coast Festival committee to discuss your ideas, now is the time to act. Contact the President Lynne Lyon on 0428 992 660.