“In Europe, the festivals we perform at are very much owned by the locals,” says Dave. “We’ve always wanted the KISS Arts Festival to have that spirit, and 2016 is the year to start to really make that happen.”
The coming Festival is moving to the next level in its development by being held in the one location – Kiama Harbour – and over three days in the last weekend in April.
“We will work in the coming years to make KISS the ‘go to festival’ in NSW, by combining natural beauty with amazing national and international comedy, circus and musical talent,” says Dave.
They cite the example of the Fremantle Festival which 20 years and now attracts around 100,000 people to Fremantle over the Easter long weekend.
“We are still open to ideas, but this coming Festival will be focused around a nautical theme that suits our location and our history so beautifully,” says Tamara. “One thing we are keen to have is a boat race across the Harbour, featuring craft made by community groups.”
In order to spread the word, the Festival committee has organised an ‘Inspiration and Information’ night where individuals and organisations can discover how they can benefit from getting involved in next year’s KISS Arts Festival.
If you are interested in getting involved, or if your community group hasn’t as yet received an invitation, they welcome you to come along and find out more. As Dave puts it, “The Festival is about to undergo an overhaul and we want as many people as possible to be on board.”
Details: Thurs 10 December, 5.30pm on the Pilot’s Cottage verandah, Blowhole Point. RSVP to Dave: 0422914713 or Tamara: 0403817549 or firstname.lastname@example.org