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Storyland Festival is coming to Coffs Harbour, featuring a slew of local artists

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Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) have announced their inaugural live music event, Storyland Festival, with a slew of headliners to boot. Described as a playground for adults, the single-day festival will be held on Saturday April 23 at Coffs Harbour’s Park Beach Reserve.

Who is playing at Storyland Festival?

Included in the lineup of artists is Aria winner Courtney Barnett, Grammy-nominated funk band Hiatus Kaiyote, Melbourne pop artist Hachiku and R&B singer Ngaiire. Gumbaynggiirr and Noongar singer/songwriter Emma Donovan, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and street brass band Horns of Leroy are also included in the rotation of artists.

SWIFF and Storyland Co-Director and Founder, David Horsley said the event has been brought to fruition after much planning and consideration.

“The addition of Storyland into the SWIFF line-up has been years in the making,” explained Horsley. “Our vision for our creative beachside community has always been to have cutting edge cultural experiences in a regional coastal paradise. We look forward to welcoming world class artists to Storyland, and to SWIFF’22 in Coffs Harbour.”

Storyland combines the best of film tropes and aesthetics with delicious food, drink and an array of established and emerging artists across multiple disciplines. To introduce the inagurale story of Storyland, First Nations Creative Directors Zakpage and animation artist and musician Caleb Cowie will launch the event with original multi-media narrative artwork.

Alongside the musical acts, the festival will display immersive works for patrons to explore, encouraging them to tempt their senses through artform. Once Second of Film, an almost 11-metre tall rotating double-helix film sculpture by Clint Hurrell, will display alongside Movie Trailer Park, a three-piece artwork created by Sarah Stollman. Cyberpart artwork set in a “corpse of treets” Zakpage’s Gladerunner will also be displayed.

When can you buy tickets to the event?

Tickets for Storyland are available for purchase, alongside film passes to the Screenwave International Film Festival, running April 21-May 6.

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