The colourful sights and sounds of the street parade at the Kafe Fiesta in Kingscliff.
The colourful sights and sounds of the street parade at the Kafe Fiesta in Kingscliff.

Kafe Fiesta hits Kingscliff

DANCERS spun past in a whirl of colour as drumming group Samba Blistaas led the Kafe Fiesta street parade on Saturday night.

Spectators could be forgiven for thinking they had been transported to the famous Carnaval in Brazil, but they were still in Kingscliff.

The street parade was the highlight of last weekend's Kafe Fiesta, which included three days of art and music workshops, exhibitions and live entertainment.

“The street parade absolutely went off. It was amazing,” said Carol Collins, co- ordinator.

“All these people came from nowhere.”

The parade was led by Paul Barrett from street drumming group Samba Blistaas, based at Brunswick Heads.

“The kids were amazing,” Ms Collins said.

“It was very good bringing young people together with someone like Paul Barrett.

“The community hall was jam-packed full of people.”

Ms Collins said everything, from the free workshops to live entertainment, was a success.

“The festival is a very good way of getting more community involvement in the area,” she said.

“It's about bringing people the arts and opening up opportunities for everyone.”

Marine Parade was yesterday filled with crowds checking out the Art in the Street, exhibitions from artist on the Tweed.

Kafe Fiesta was put on by the Burleigh Arts Group, Ms Collins said.

“We've come in as a non-profit organisation to revitalise the previous festival,” she said.

“We go where there are opportunities to showcase artists' work.

“We don't feel art has any boundaries.”



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