Creating a welcoming & inclusive Central Coast
Coastal Twist 2019 was the first National Visibility LGBTIQ Arts & Culture festival for Central Coast NSW, a region going through much social, economic and community visible change and we are very excited to deliver a diverse, piece of radically inclusive creative pie to entice all tastes to our region!
2019 brought a completely sold out Festival to the region and over 7,000 people across 3 days, 100s of you gave us great feedback, youth and resources for parents, more championing of difference and embracing of everyone.
2020 saw public mass celebrations a massive risk to public health and safety.
Alas we are back for 2021!
The NSW Central Coast is at the centre of the State's fastest growing corridor from the northern edge of Sydney to Newcastle with a population just under 350,000 & population along this corridor estimated to be 1.1 million by 2036.
LGBTIQ Arts & Culture celebrations are a great example of what a vital community symbol looks like & symbols are incredibly important for all people whose sexuality, gender, culture, age or ability is forced to remain invisible, because of the fear of discrimination, ostracism or even death.
For 2021 our theme is "Be the Change", Alas we are still pushing for diversity as the norm and we are working hard, creating safe and Inclusive spaces for self-expression which inspire authentic originality & celebrate unique and diverse imaginings & realities.
Authentic inclusion and visible diversity takes work, much patience, care, education, listening and tolerance of others, we are determined to be a positive part of that direction both for our region and our planet.
We are a Registered Arts & Culture Incorporated Association. A registered Charity (Yes all donations are tax deductible over $2) operating for Cause | Culture & Creativity under our NAUGHTY NOODLE FUN HAUS ABN also trading as Central Coast Pride & the Coastal Twist Festival.
As with many Cause | Culture | Creativity organisations both here in Australia and around the world we have had to change outdated models for bringing about change to meet todays complex world head on and our multiple streams with differing purposes, exist to target visibility & diversity across the board, CCP with a solely LGBTIQA+ output Lens, & Naughty Noodle Fun Haus championing for the broadest of human rights, lives, visibility & inclusion.
We tackle all of the above through Increased exposure to a greater range of voices and perspective including all genders, abilities, classes, ages LGBTQIA+ & First Nations.
The common thread is that no one is free until we are all free and our weapn of choice is Intentionally leveraging the power of Arts & Culture to serve our community interest while driving a broader agenda for change, growth & transformation through the building of character & quality of place.
The LGBTQI community is not one community, but is many communities made up of people with diverse sexualities, sex and gender identities.
Just like wider society, people in these communities come from differing backgrounds, hold differing political views and have differing experiences & as such, there is not one person or group who can or should represent the views of all LGBTIQ people and from that Central Coast Pride & The Coastal Twist Festival was born.
We are an Arts based organisation, those involved represent what they wish to see reflected, creating their version of visibility.
Central Coast NSW is growing into itself, a vastly cultural coastal community that stands for Equality - Human Rights - Social Justice & a Coast that's oozing diversity & inclusion.
By no means attempting to represent all the colours in, over and under the diverse rainbow of our planet. aka If you would like to see yourself represented, get involved, contribute, activate an event or workshop, connect, volunteer or just plain ol getting out there and amongst it.
People Recognizing Identities and Differences for Equality.
Coastal Twist Festival is leverage arts for social change , something for everyone across both the entire LGBTQIA+ community and overlapping into our entire broader community and beyond.
Never limit yourself because of others limited imagination & never limit others because of your own limited imagination - Mae Jemison