Creating a welcoming & inclusive Central Coast
Coastal Twist 2019 is the first National Visibility LGBTIQ Arts & Culture festival for Central Coast NSW & we are very excited to deliver a diverse, piece of creative pie to entice all tastes!
Today Central Coast NSW is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW, with the 3rd largest Local Government Area (LGA) in NSW and the 6th largest LGA in Australia. Smack bang between Sydney & Newcastle we could not be any easier to get to from anywhere in the country (or beyond).
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.
This year our focus is back to our roots with "Loud and Proud", we are pushing for diversity as the norm and we have been working hard as volunteers creating safe and Inclusive spaces for self-expression which inspire authentic originality & celebrate unique and diverse imaginings & realities.
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. Our weapon of choice is a vibrant & sustainable creative scene. The Coastal Twist Festival is LGBTIQ led arts based activations motivated by equality for all peoples.
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!
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 Volunteer group in that those involved represent what they wish to see reflected, creating their version of visibility.
People Recognizing Identities and Differences for Equality.
Coastal Twist Festival is leverage arts for social change & we are creating a diverse array of events and programming, something for everyone across both the entire LGBTQIA+ community and overlapping into our entire broader community and beyond.