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THE Prom Coast Seachange Festival goes from strength to strength. It grows in size, reputation and participant numbers, so much so that it now needs two weekends to do justice to the big program of 60 events on offer.

The 2015 program will offer a diverse range of events taking in the dates of 17-19 and 24-26 April and will incorporate the many significant ANZAC Day events already planned for the area.

According to festival chairperson Deb Bray it became clear from early in the planning process that more and more people, including businesses and community groups, want to be involved in the festival.

“Word is spreading and it is quite exciting now, that instead of the committee having to approach artists and groups to be involved, we are now being contacted by people from far and wide who don’t want to miss out on being included.”

The festival celebrates creativity, culture, lifestyle and landscape and provides a fantastic platform that attracts quality artists and performances to the region.

“The past four festivals have been extremely successful and well attended by locals, as well as the region’s regular holiday-makers, and visitors from a wide area including Melbourne and interstate,” explained Deb Bray.

“The festival committee is very passionate about providing a structure that is driven from within the community; one that showcases established activities and emerging skill-sets and, importantly, fosters quality events that draw attention to, and celebrate, this magnificent region.”

These priorities dovetail well with those of festival sponsors Toora & Foster Community Bank® branches, Esso BHP Billiton and South Gippsland Shire Council.

“We are pleased to welcome ABC Gippsland on board as our official media partner for 2015,” said Deb. “They have some great things planned for the festival, and will be with us during the first weekend running a free 1-day workshop titled ABC Open Gippsland Writer’s Festival and covering the festival through a series of interviews content for online features.”

Playwright and theatre director Chris Dickins’ Waratah The Musical will be produced in conjunction with FAMDA; accomplished violinist Cath Shugg will again play at the Celia Rosser Gallery in Fish Creek; Melbourne male choir, Low Rez take to the stage at the Fish Creek Hall; and, the Prom Coast Arts Council’s annual The Great Southern Portrait Prize will be exhibited at the Stockyard Gallery in Foster.

“The festival is a wonderful way to draw people together by providing something for everyone,” said Deb Dray. “From food and wine to sustainability and the environment, musicals and art to tours, sport and workshops.”

The Sustainable Architecture Tour and the Gippsland Food Adventure tour, both over subscribed events in 2013, will be on offer again in 2015 and, to get people out and about even more, activities such as bush walking, bike riding and garden tours are on the program.

Children will enjoy opportunities offered by renowned local author and artist Alison Lester at her recently opened headquarters in Fish Creek; there will be kite making and flying in Sandy Point; and, quirky performances such as dog dancing.

Long established events, such as the Prom Country Farmers Market, ANZAC Day commemorations and local sporting events such as the South Coast Boardriders surfing competition are included in the program and are an important part of promoting what’s on in the local area over the festival’s two weekends.

The traditional long lunch in Foster’s main street offers local traders the opportunity to showcase their wares. Many such business are partnering with local artists to turn their shop windows into exhibition space for exciting works of art that will be created utilising or depicting elements particular to the hosting trade. While lunching be entertained by acts including Bec and the Acquaintances and the South Gippsland Brass Band. Adjacent to the long lunch will be The Magic Theatre of Curiosities and Wonder. Be enchanted by mesmerising circus, magical mime, exquisite puppetry, curious clowns, accordion music, storytelling and film.

“There really is something for everyone”, remarked Deb Bray. “With so many great events organised by local community groups, sporting clubs and traders it’s impossible to list them all.”

“Pick up a program from local traders or check the festival website and Facebook page for updates and details on how to make bookings.”

Please visit www.promcoastseachangefestival.org.

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Sun 1 – Jumbunna Bush Market 8:30am-1pm
The Main Hall
Sat 7 – Woolamai Picnic Racing – Woolamai Cup 11am
Trew Road
8-16 – South Gippsland Golf Classic
Sun 8 – Tarwin Lower Local Market 9am-2pm
Tarwin Lower Primary School, School Road
Sun 8 – Wonthaggi Rotary Market 8am
Apex Club, Murray Street
Sun 15 – Inverloch Farmers Market 8am-1pm
The Glade, The Esplanade
Sat 21 – Prom Country Farmers Market 8am-12 noon
Foster War Memorial Arts Centre, Main Street
Sun 22 – Inverloch Community Farmers Market 8am-1pm
The Glade, The Esplanade
Sat 28 – Foster Show
Showgrounds, Station Road
Sat 28 – Mirboo North Market 7am-2pm
Baromi Park

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Thu 1 – Woolamai Picnic Racing 11am
Trew Road
Sat 3 – Annual Sandy Point Market 1pm-5pm
Sandy Point Community Centre, Church Parade
Sat 3 – Koonwarra Farmers Market 8am-12:30pm
Koonwarra Memorial Park, Koala Drive
Sun 4 – Jumbunna Bush Market 8:30am-1pm
The Main Hall
Mon 5 – Stony Creek Races (Horse Racing)
Corner of South Gippsland Highway and Dollar Road
Sat 10 – Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show 9am
Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve
Sun 11 – Tarwin Lower Local Market 9am-2pm
Tarwin Lower Primary School, School Road
Sun 11 – Wonthaggi Rotary Market 8am
Apex Park, Murray Street
Sat 17 – Geek Fest – War Games, Board Games & Short Films
Coal Creek Community Park and Museum,
Silkstone Road, Korumburra
Sat 17 – Prom Country Farmers Market 8am-12 noon
Foster War Memorial Arts Centre, Main Street
Sat 17 – Woolamai Picnic Racing 11am
Trew Road
Sun 18 – Inverloch Farmers Market 8am-1pm
The Glade, The Esplanade
Sun 25 – Inverloch Community Farmers Market 8am-1pm
The Glade, The Esplanade
Sun 25 – 31st Kilcunda Lobster Festival 9am
Foreshore carpark, Bass Highway
Sun 25 – Promontory Home Produce & Craft Market 8am-12 noon
Showgrounds, Station Road, Foster
Mon 26 – Tarwin Lower Long Weekend Market 8:30am-2pm
Tarwin Lower Hall, 27 River Drive
Sat 31 – Mirboo North Market 7am-2pm
Baromi Park

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Sat 6 – Koonwarra Farmers Market 8am – 12:30pm
Koonwarra Memorial Park, Koala Drive
Sat 6 – Stony Creek Races (Horse Racing)
Corner of South Gippsland Highway and Dollar Road
Sun 7 – Jumbunna Bush Market 8:30am – 1pm
The Main Hall
Sun 7 – Port Albert Market 10am-2pm
Port Albert Hall, Victoria Street
Sun 7 – Promontory Home Produce and Craft Market 8am – 12 noon
Showgrounds, Station Road, Foster
Sat 13 – Carols at the Drome 5:30pm for games & 7:30pm for Carols
Leongatha Recreation Reserve, Wild Dog Valley Road
Sat 13 – Coal Creek Farmers Market 8am-1pm
Coal Creek Community Park and Museum,
Silkstone Road, Korumburra
Sat 13 – Mirboo North Market 7am – 2pm
Baromi Park
Sun 14 – Tarwin Lower Local Market 9am – 2pm
Tarwin Lower Primary School, School Road
Sun 14 – Wonthaggi Rotary Market 8am
Apex Park, Murray Street
Sat 20 – Loch Village Carols 6:30pm
Loch Primary School
Sat 20 – Prom Country Farmers Market 8am – 12 noon
Foster War Memorial Arts Centre, Main Street
Sun 21 – Inverloch Farmers Market 8am-1pm
The Glade, The Esplande
Sun 21 – TROSP Walks @ The Prom 9:30am
Mt Vereker, meet at Filve Mile Track carpark
Sat 27 – Stony Creek Races (Horse Racing)
Corner of South Gippsland Highway and Dollar Road
Sun 28 – Inverloch Community Farmers Market 8am-1pm
The Glade, The Esplande
Sun 28 – Promontory Home Produce and Craft Market 8am – 12 noon
Showgrounds, Station Road, Foster
Every Saturday – Inverloch Parkrun 7:45am
Rotary Centenary Park, Ramsay Boulevard
Every Sunday – Kongwak Market 10am-3pm
Kongwak General Store & Sheds, Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road

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Saturday 4th October at 8pm
Meeniyan Hall
Come to Meeniyan Hall to celebrate 30 years of Meeniyan Town Tavern Nights. It will be a nostalgic trip down memory lane with 5 artists from the supper room days – Anne Hoyne, Steve Horton, Sue Lester and brother Mike, and Terry and Phil. From more recent times – Acoustic Kitchen, Danny, Babrb and Debora, and our own Serenity. MC for the evening will be Avril Van Wamel.
$8 BYO drinks, nibbles and glasses – free tea and coffee
Bookings – Eric phone 5664 7376 email jazzbo@dcsi.net.au

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Sun 30 Nov 8am-1pm The Glade, Inverloch Mobile 0448 327 637

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Mirboo North Market

Sat 29 Nov 8:30am-1pm Baromi Park, Mirboo North Phone 5668 2465

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Sun 16 Nov 9:30am Mt Bishop Track Mobile 0427 808 540

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Sun 16 Nov 8am-1pm The Glade, Inverloch Phone 5664 0096

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