Big lineup for regional NSW pride festival Coastal Twist

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New South Wales’ Central Coast will fly its rainbow flag again with the return of the Coastal Twist LGBTQIA+ arts and culture festival.

The festival has had a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. But Coastal Twist is returning from January 19 to 23, 2022 with five days of fun and big headliners.

“We’re absolutely delighted to see things opening again and the Coastal Twist Festival back,” festival director Glitta Supernova said.

“It’s a win, win for the Central Coast, for inclusion of all communities, for fun and celebration.”

The festival’s beach and bush experience is less than 90 minutes from Sydney, in Umina Beach, Woy Woy and Ettalong Beach.

“We shifted from October 2021 to allow more people to participate in the event as our state reopens,” Glitta said.

“January also gives us a better opportunity to provide the safest environment possible for all attendees.

“It’s more than time to smile and enjoy some of the good things in life.”

Electric Fields headlining Coastal Twist 2022

Electronic music duo Electric Fields will travel to the Central Coast for first time to headline the festival.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star Etcetera Etcetera will also take to the Coastal Twist stage.

Australian DJ, Jonny Seymour, and Sydney’s hottest Vogue house, ‘House of Silky,’ will bring a never-before-seen Vogue scene to the region.

Other festival highlights are The Love Club Cabaret, The Futurismo Surrealist Dance Party, the Rainbow Youth teen dance party, a closing comedy party, beach party picnic.

And the festival’s biggest and most colourful event is the centrepiece Fair Day.

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Coastal Twist’s festival operations director Juan Iocco said the event is returning “after such a challenging time on the planet.”

“So much divisiveness, us and them, as well as isolation for so many,” Iocco said.

“We are so eager to celebrate as people from all walks of life… and have fun together and embrace life.

“The January festival programming is going to represent the beautiful diversity and intersectionality of the rainbow community.”

Coastal Twist will implement full COVID-19 Safety Plans including touchless transactions, open air spaces, temperature checks and sanitising stations.

For the full Coastal Twist 2022 program and more information at

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