The Cabarita Beach foreshore park was alive and buzzing last Satuday as around 3,000 people enjoyed a day of community celebration during the annual Caba Creative Carnivale.
Organisers say the Carnivale, which highlights the coastal village’s creativity, showed the strength of its community spirit because ‘everyone pitches in and helps’.
Caba Creative president Duke Albada said the day was ‘an incredible team effort’ which ‘definitely reached the goals of showcasing local talent, improving local economic viability, putting Cabarita Beach on the map and last but not least improving community spirit’.
A regular visitor to the village, Blyth Short, said the Carnivale was the ‘best community day in my 17 years here’.
Suzi Bourke, one of the Carnivale organisers, said one of the unexpected crowd pleasers at the Carnivale was Us the Band.
‘This inspiring band, little known by the mainstream audience, was formed three years ago as a Lifebridge Day Activity and has gone on to win several music awards. Singer Nathan had the crowd in his hands and got them all involved,’ Ms Bourke said.
Other shows included interactive drumming, opera singing, indigenous culture, modern music, dance and a fire performance.
Carnivale volunteer Victor Shaffran said he was ‘impressed by how the community got together, for a few volunteers to put up a professional show on a shoestring budget and creative this amazing event is incredible and I’m very happy that it was backed up with the huge amount of visitors.’
Ms Bourke said she saw ‘no reason why the Caba Creative Carnivale could not grow to a bigger event’, similar to well-known creative festivals in Europe.
To see photos of the event and for further information on upcoming activities, visit www.facebook.com/cabacreative