Bollywood spice for Curryfest program
A DOUBLE-FIGURE birthday is always cause to celebrate and the 10th anniversary for Curryfest will be no different, thanks to another government grant that will make the festival bigger.
The decade anniversary of the local cultural festival will be celebrated in September next year.
Organisers are especially excited with confirmation the event has won a Federal Government grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to stage its own special Bollywood musical as part of the 2015 event.
Woolgoolga, the Bollywood Musical will premiere on Friday, September 25, the night before Curryfest's main festival day.
It will also be performed on the main stage during the festival itself on Saturday, September 26.
"A local writer, Kevin Tierney, has written the storyline for us and we've been in discussions with Brisbane-based Babas Band and Dance Masala who will be commissioned to set the story to music and choreograph it for a very special Bollywood style performance," Chamber of Commerce vice-president Tegan Ewart said.
"The special tenth birthday celebrations in 2015 will see a concentrated week of events leading up to the main festival day, including a Bollywood on the Beach movie night which is being supported by a Coffs City Council grant and a return of the popular Tastes of Woolgoolga restaurant nights as well as continued co-operation with the Woolgoolga Art Gallery to showcase local artists," she said.
"So the town will be offering a range of attractions and events to locals and visitors here during the September school holidays."
The town's signature event in 2015 is being supported by all levels of government with local council support to stage the Bollywood movie, State Government support to market the event to visitors from outside the Coffs area and the Federal Government Arts Council support to stage Woolgoolga the Bollywood Musical.