After a one-year absence the Coffs Coast Carols are back
with a spectacular program for 2015 and returning to the popular Brelsford Park
venue in the Coffs City Centre on Saturday December 19.
Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs City Centre Masterplan Committee, Lifehouse
Church and C.ex Group have partnered to present a polished Carols production
and with additional sponsorship and in-kind support provided by local
businesses, the event looks set to rival previous regional Carols productions.
A joint announcement of the event was made this week by
Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight, Chairman of the Coffs City
Centre Masterplan Committee, Rod McKelvey and Lifehouse Senior Pastor, Steve
Coffs Coast carols could not proceed last year because of a lack of funding
support, but this year we have formed a team led by Lifehouse, Council and the
Coffs City Centre Masterplan Committee and rallied local business to help bring
the spirit of Christmas and the festive season back to the community through a
large carols production,” Cr Knight said.
Mr McKelvey said the event’s CBD location and production
proposal had won overwhelming support from the business community.
“Coffs City Centre Masterplan Committee is pleased to bring the event back to the
City Centre, at Brelsford Park, where the Carols were successfully hosted some
years ago by the Coffs Coast Advocate. Local businesses have been generous with
sponsorship, donations and in-kind support to crowd-fund an event that should
rival any previous Carols productions.”
Lifehouse Church was invited to come on board to produce the
event, following the church’s success with spectacular productions at the Coffs
Showground in 2008 and 2009, when audience numbers reached 7,500 people.
Lifehouse Senior Pastor Steve Spence said the church’s music
team and volunteers were preparing for a production that would help to
establish the Coffs Coast Carols as a memorable family event that could attract
families from throughout the region.
“In 2008 and 2009 we began to build the Carols as regional
drawcard event and we were pleased with the growing audience numbers and
participation, but as the event grew to that scale it became increasingly
difficult to plan, fund and manage, given that it is a family event and we want
audiences to attend the event for free,” he said.
“But the partnership this year has enabled Lifehouse to
focus on the musical and stage production and on supplying volunteers to help
run the event. We’re aiming for excellence with a traditional Carols program
that we hope will appeal to everyone and help to grow the event for next
Coffs Coast Carols will start with popular kids band The
Toads from 6pm and continue with traditional carols to 8.45pm.