Funding the key to return Fiesta

KAFE Fiesta co-ordinator Carol Collins says she is ready to host another art, music and entertainment festival next year but warns it could come down to funding.

Ms Collins said money received from grants and local businesses this year was not a lot for last weekend's three-day festival.

“There are a lot of opportunities for next year if we get the funding,” Ms Collins said.

“We did not get much money this year.”

KAFE Fiesta, which ran from Friday to Sunday in Kingscliff, featured workshops in art and music as well as art exhibitions and live entertainment.

It was highlighted by a colourful parade down Marine Parade on Saturday afternoon.

Last weekend's event picked up from where Kingscliff's art, food and jazz festival left off after its cancellation in 2006.

The new festival is run by the Burleigh Arts Group, a non-for-profit organisation.

Ms Collins said she is still exhausted just days after the festival wound up.

“I feel like I've been hit by a truck,” Ms Collins said.

“It's been a lot of work but it was worth it.”

A Community Development Support Expenditure grant of $8500 obtained by the Kingscliff Beach Club was the lifeline the event needed and could not have gone through without it.

Other grants included $1000 from Tweed Shire Council, $2000 combined from Kingscliff businesses and $2500 from the Commonwealth Bank.

“It's not a lot of money to put on a three-day festival with,” she said.

Next year Ms Collins will go for a Regional Developers Funding grant over two years.

“It is given to strategic business planning,” she said.

Ms Collins said the festival was received well by the public.

“We had a good feeling from some of the people and they were really impressed by the festival,” she said.

“It shows how much an event like that can bring the community together. I saw young kids and their grandparents dancing in the street.

Ms Collins said the next step would be to conduct a survey and an outcome report on the benefits of the festival.

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