THIS WEEKEND: Some of the colourful characters of CoastOut.
THIS WEEKEND: Some of the colourful characters of CoastOut.

CoastOut connects with the wider community

A FOCUS on family-friendly entertainment is set to broaden the appeal of this weekend's CoastOut Festival.

A Destination NSW Flagship event, CoastOut will mark its fifth anniversary with a program which festival director Todd Buttery said had something for everyone.

"People think CoastOut is only for the gay and lesbian community, but it's not," Todd said.

"Inclusion is something of a byword for the gay, lesbian and transgender community. We're all about connecting with the wider community and breaking down barriers, so that's why we've developed two days of family-friendly events."

Fair Day on Saturday will be hosted by Bob Downe and showcase local artists such as D'Boyzos, synergy dance and hoop performers SiStars of the Infinite Circle, crooner Sam Stanford and songwriter Verity Hawkins as well as the Pollys Dancers, gender illusionist Sandy Bottom, and Northern Rivers group Faeriephonica.

Grooves in the Park on Sunday will feature cabaret diva Queenie van de Zandt, theatre star Paul Ross, drag queen Sandy Bottom, jazz crooner Paul Robert, the group Moonshine Run and saxophonist Heather Rose.

"To keep the kids amused we will also have waterslides, jumping castles and other rides and stallholders from the Twilight Markets offering tasty treats on both days."

For more info go to coastout.com.au.



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