2 December 2015 Coffs Coast Carols Make a Comeback

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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 Spence.                                                                                                                                  

“The 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 Christmas.”

Coffs Coast Carols will start with popular kids band The Toads from 6pm and continue with traditional carols to 8.45pm.