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Seachange Festival a Prom Coast attraction

STATEWIDE promotion of the Prom Coast Seachange Festival is expected to result in a big influx of visitors to the district over the weekend of April 8-11 next year, reaping rewards for the local economy.

Seachange Festival 2011 banner

“The aim of the festival is to showcase the region in every sense,” said festival chair Joan Liley. “From the physical beauty of our national parks and bushland through to the creative talents of our eclectic mix of local residents. Art, music, food, wine, theatre, walking, talking and of course just having fun are the features of the 2011 festival.”

Centred on the Corner Inlet district, including Foster, Fish Creek, Yanakie, Toora and Welshpool, the Prom Coast Seachange Festival is held every two years, with planning for the 2011 festival now in full swing.

An initial program is now in place, but there is room for new activities if community organisations wish to submit ideas.

Joan said the 2011 program includes a number of events which featured in the 2009 festival, as well as some terrific new and inspired activities and exhibitions.

“The extremely popular Hypothetical and the Street Lunch featuring local produce will again be features, as will our expanded Living Books session and diverse art exhibition events, including the Portrait Prize.

“One exciting new event in the 2011 festival is an antique ‘collectables’ roadshow, where you will be able to have your antiques appraised. We anticipate this will be very popular, so it will be essential to pre-book individual appraisal times.

“Other new events include bush cooking, a bike ride from Fish Creek to Foster, and a Prom walk. We also have a unique sculpture event, which we hope will involve many creative people exhibiting their ‘themed’ works in local business shop windows.”

Iconic Australian rock legend and former Goanna band lead singer Shane Howard and his band will headline a cabaret on the Saturday night in Foster’s main hall, the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre, adding to a terrific range of live music happening over the three days at various locations throughout the district.

“After the official opening on the Friday night, April 8, FAMDA (Foster Amateur Music and Drama Association) will perform a special show in the FWMAC – which we anticipate will draw an enormous crowd,” said Joan.

The festival is supported by a number of organisations, including major sponsor Bendigo Bank.

The organising committee, said Joan, is extremely grateful for any financial support given and would welcome additional partners for the 2011 festival.

“The festival is an opportunity for small and large businesses to partner with a truly local, but very professional, festival. The festival will be promoted statewide and we anticipate it will once again attract many visitors over the three days – which is good for the local economy.”

Individuals and organisations are invited to contact Joan Liley or any of the Prom Coast Seachange committee with ideas for events to be included in the festival program.

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