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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Wyong Town Centre is set to come alive with an abundance of colour and sound when their annual laneway festival hits on 9 February. Encompassing the theme of love, with a link to Valentine's Day, the stage is set for an evening of music and entertainment from around the region with art installations and activities for all ages.

The Love Lanes Festival highlights Wyong in its best light, giving you the opportunity to explore hidden gems and discover quaint laneways. It has the buzz and hype of a huge outdoor street event with the smells of a food market and a whole lot more bringing the vibes.

Three laneways, four stages and one park see the vibrant and creative community showcasing their talent in many areas.

From 4pm-9pm, here's what you can do

Robley's Lane

Relax on the lawn of the Chapman Building enjoying aerial performers from Circus Avalon at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm

Check out the interesting buskers
Explore the market precinct
Take a walk to the Grand Hotel licensed area and enjoy good times with live music on stage, food and cold beverages at the bar

Coastwide First National Lane

Indulge in tasty offerings and delicious street food from Wyong's favourite eateries
Shop 'til you drop at beautifully-designed boutique retail stalls
Take a romantic stroll under the twinkling lights of the Piazza
Visit Star 104.5's Loving Music Marquee and take part in your very own Love song dedication played live in front of you
Enter the Loving Life Marquee and get involved in cookie decorating, unicorn craft workshops and an interactive love lock display
Enjoy performances from local artists and musical greats, such as I Know Leopard and Uncle Jed, on the Bendigo Bank main stage
Linger at the Chill Out Zone on bean bags and cushions listening to music
Create a flower crown for just $5

Take a snapshot at the photo booth and post it on social media with the tags, #lovelanes and #coastwidefn
Wander through Fish Bowl Arcade where you'll be immersed in an interactive experience with performers exciting and entertaining you
View the art installation on the Chapman Building, telling the story of the much-loved Edna Atkins who worked in the lolly shop within the building

Bakers Lane

Pop over to the MMAD (Musicians Making a Difference) stage for grooves and moves
Soak up the sun and more music at Motel Mezza's Chill Zone as you re-energise in a Middle Eastern-style BBQ with a selection of beverages
Rid the excess energy in the kids with an array of activities in the WBC Kidz Zone that include yard games, soft play and a jumping castle or turn their attention to craft and face painting

Get the teenagers (too cool for the Kidz Zone) sorted with the free rock climbing wall

Wyong Town Park

Gather round the Drumming Circle and strike a beat
Keep the kids busy with art and craft activities
Peruse the stalls of local community organisations
Roll up and join in the interactive circus activities with Roundabout Circus

Enjoy performances on the stage with talented locals from the Central Coast Music Factory and the Central Coast Ukulele Club, as well as Bridgette Johnston and Marlee Carter, amongst others
Take in the Love Yourself Fashion Show and the XTRACT Drama Show, also on the stage
Join the CBD Heritage Walk hosted by the Wyong Family History Group, giving you a peek into life in Wyong over the last 100 years with an installation detailing the timber trade, the people that built the town and the buildings that pioneering families grew up in
See The Lightness of Love digital installation lighting up the beautiful garden of the park with the trees, stairwells and paths coming to life through colour and movement

That's a whole lot of fun and worthy of a day trip from Sydney (perhaps even an overnighter). At only an hour and twenty minutes via the M1, this Central Coast festival will have you feeling the love.

For further information, visit the council's website.
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When: 4pm-9pm
Phone: 02 4350 5555
Where: Laneways around Alison Rd, Wyong
Cost: Free
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