Meet ZAKPAGE, creative directors of STORYLAND

Alison Page and Nik Lachajczak are ZAKPAGE. Photo: Anna Kucera.

COFFS Harbour based music and art festival STORYLAND continues to announce new and exciting facets of the day which is shaping up to be so much more than what you would expect from your usual festival.

Much of this excitement and buzz can be credited to the festival’s carefully chosen and highly decorated creative directors ZAKPAGE – a collaborative name for the partnership of Alison Page and Nik Lachajczak.

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From the moment the festival begins the works of ZAKPAGE will be evident in their spin on the welcome to country, with local Gumbaynggirr Elders performing a bespoke Farewell to Country Ceremony to say ‘Yari Yarrang’ to festival goers as they leave Gumbaynggirr Country and enter STORYLAND – if only for the day.

The whole festival will be immersed in the imagination of the creative duo, who have brought to life a story that can be explored from entry through to late night exit, playing out through the acts, installations, and performance art as the narrative backbone to STORYLAND.

“Storyland all started with a conversation between a bunch of creative industry professionals who love Coffs Harbour, musicians, venue managers, film makers, festival directors and event producers,” ZAKPAGE said of the festival.

“It was March 2020 and we were all super worried about the incredible pool of creatives that live in the hills around Coffs and what we could do when we emerged out of lockdown.

“We wanted to create something that could grow into Australia’s most unique multi-arts festival – something that was more than just a concert – an immersive experience where you could dress up, run around with your mates, explore creative installations that are activated by live actors and performers and of course listen to some incredible live music.”

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