New-look Surfers Paradise Festival this weekend

2 Apr
The Surfers Paradise Festival's street competition is  a huge attraction. Picture: Supplied

The Surfers Paradise Festival’s street competition is a huge attraction. Picture: Supplied

By Katherine Livanis, Bond University Journalism Student

The Surfers Paradise festival is set to hit the Gold Coast for the sixth year next Friday for an invigorated, family friendly two weeks.

 Surfers Paradise Alliance collaborated with the Surfers Paradise Events Advisory Committee to organise and redesign the festival.

Advisory Committee chair Paul Pamenter said the festival aimed to enrich the Gold Coast.

“We have made some exciting changes to the 2015 events calendar in Surfers Paradise,” he said.

“The main objective (of these events) is to ensure busier trade for Surfers Paradise operators year round, particularly during the winter months.”

The festival has proven to be a great asset to the Gold Coast, raking in $22.8 million last year.

The Paradise Centre’s marketing manager Bernice Reid said the Surfers Paradise Festival attracts a lot of people.

“It brings out the best in all of us to have this magical entertainment around the precinct,Ms Reid said.

The festival is a free event, starting on April 3 with the Australian Street Entertainment Championships, and finishing on April 18 with the SeaFire Fireworks Challenge.

Other events include the short film showcase, and creative workshops for all ages.

Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said the event this year was going to be bigger than last, starting off strongly with the opening Easter long-weekend.

“We are anticipating an audience of at least 50,000 above seasonal averages over the four days of competition during the Australian Street Entertainment Championships alone,” Mr Winlaw said.

“It really is a carnival of light and laughter and we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the spectacle.”

Sanctuary Cove resident Zara Simmons said she looked forward to going to the festival this year.  

“The location is difficult; there’s no parking in Surfers and there’s a lot of traffic, but I’ll be making the effort this year,” she said.

“It’s a great festival because it promotes a sense of community on the Gold Coast, and as it’s based in Surfers, it helps establish a family-friendly environment.

“It’ll be good to see the Gold Coast in a different light and the way the festival is organised it’s possible to get involved without it clashing with other commitments.”

For more information about the event, go to: http://www.surfersparadise.com/whats-on/free-events/surfers-paradise-festival

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