WITH only days until the official opening of the 6th Prom Coast Seachange Festival on Friday 24 March, there is a buzz in the air as many put the finishing touches to the events they are organising.
“We have around 60 events of all shapes and sizes on the program,” said Deb Bray. “From big productions, exhibitions and street fun to smaller workshops, tours and activities, there really is something for everyone.”
“While many events are ticketed or require bookings, there are also many that are either free or just a gold coin donation.”
The festival takes in 24 March to 2 April with the majority of events occurring Friday to Sunday, but there are a number of activities, exhibitions and performances occurring on various weekdays.
“The best way to find out what’s on is to visit the Seachange Festival website or facebook page,” encouraged Deb Bray.
A big event on this coming Saturday is the Seachange Fun Food Fair. Traditionally known as the Street Lunch, this event has become the festival within the Festival. With the main street of Foster turned over to musicians and performers on Saturday 25 March, local community groups, vendors and businesses will offer a variety of fun, food and fare.
Take the opportunity to be part of the entertainment and book in for a ukulele or hula-hoop workshop and performance. Bring your coins along for the 50-cent challenge and see if 2017 is the year the Prom Coast breaks the record for the longest row of 50s down the main street.
Well-behaved pooches can dress to impress as part of the Doggies in Cozzies Pet-tacular parade and judging. Starting at 11am, prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Most Individual, and People’s Choice. Entry forms are available at www.promcoastsea
changefestival.org or Atoll Travel in Foster. Entry is free, but BYO poop bags.
Be enchanted by the variety of fun and entertainment the Magic Theatre of Curiosities and Wonder has to offer in Pearl Park, or just relax and enjoy the variety of musicians, including the Grand Ole Factory Band, playing in the street.
Not only open for the Fun Food Fair, the Magic Theatre of Curiosities & Wonder will be set up in Pearl Park, Main Street Foster, from 24 – 26 March. The whole family can enjoy FREE live music featuring eight-piece eclectic folk band The Acquaintances and other local musicians from 5pm this Friday.
Grown-ups can enjoy a drink and finger food at The Magic Theatre’s “Crooked Billet” licensed bar, open from 3pm to 11pm Friday to Sunday. Cabaret, comedy and burlesque shows in the Strumpet Salon and Exotic Imaginarium in Pearl Park include: Miss Friby (adult cabaret) 8pm Saturday 25 and Sunday 26; Beast Burlesque, 9pm Saturday and Sunday; Beauty and The Beast, 10pm Saturday and 7pm Sunday.
Kids will love the Pirateship Photobooth and the Circus Confabularium mobile circus play space, both open Friday afternoon and all day Saturday and Sunday. Kids shows include: Nylon Zoo, 11am & 2pm Saturday 25, and 12pm & 3pm Sunday 26; Miss Friby (kids) 1pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday; and the Krazy Koala Puppet Show, 12pm & 3pm Saturday, and 1pm & 4pm Sunday.
Tickets to The Magic Theatre’s shows are limited so book now at www.trybooking.com, check the Seachange Festival website for times and updates.
Giving itself over to all things Mermaid (or Merman), Sandy Point is preparing for its Beside the Sea events. In the weeks prior to the Seachange Festival the residents of the Prom Coast have been constructing their own interpretation of either a Mermaid or a Merman. These will be positioned around the township of Sandy Point for you to find and to judge (11am) on Sunday 26 March. Please contact Sally Gibson (03) 5684 1545 if you have a Merperson to contribute to the surprise and festivities around the township.
Prior to Merperson judging, meet up at the Sandy Point Community Hall at 10am for Kite Making. A hugely popular event and enjoyed by parents and children alike, the sight of these flying works of art adds to the fun of the day.
Another great event for the entire family is the Seachange Makers Market in Fish Creek on the last day of the festival, Sunday 2 April. Offering an eclectic mix of stallholders selling local produce and handcrafted products in the Fish Creek Hall. The market will also have Falls Road jumping with busking, music, U3A circle dancing and paper planes.
Sponsored by Who Gives A Crap toilet paper, the Fly High and Far – Paper Plane Challenge offers a workshop at 10am where participants can share tips and gain insight into construction, pre-flight and deployment. At 11am the Fish Creek tennis courts become the market’s testing ground and fly zone for the paper plane challenge; sign-up on the day or for further information contact 0428 393 786.
“The festival is a celebration of the region’s culture, community, lifestyle and landscape,” Deb Bray added. “We encourage people to let their friends know about the festival and take a look at the array of events to be involved in.”