Aboriginal dance troupe Dhinawan Dreaming perform an emu dance at CrankFest in Evans Head.
Aboriginal dance troupe Dhinawan Dreaming perform an emu dance at CrankFest in Evans Head. Doug Eaton

Celebrate diversity

IT'S the region's largest annual festival of youth arts and culture and it's coming again to Evans Head on Saturday.

Crankfest Xtreme 2012 will bring together young people, artists and performers to celebrate diversity, showcase talents and display their achievements.

About 3000 are expected for the free event which run from 11am to 5pm across three stages plus other venues between the river and the Evans Head Casino Surf Life Saving Club.

"We are really hoping to showcase what young people can do," festival co-ordinator Catherine O'Halloran of the Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre said.

"Young people are involved in the management of the festival, from the process of applying for grants to the programming.

"We hear so much negativity around problems with the youth, but this is a fantastic opportunity to show what they can do in a really positive way."

The Essential Energy Livewire stage will host live bands and, along with the rest of the festival, will be boosted by a new sound system which was the top of the wish list following last year's event.

Performers include Lismore band Tralala Blip of which the members have a range of disabilities.

Using a variety of midi controllers, computers, digital and analog musical instruments, Tralala Blip discover new forms of musical expression that are accessible, experimental and most of all, fun.

There will also be appearances from artists from the Beats 'n' Roots Hip Hop Summit, including Candy B and Busty Beatz.

The Breakamove stage will be run by The Creative People's Collective and will offer hip hop dance workshops, professional performances and dance competitions.

The Singer/Songwriter stage will showcase acoustic performances by finalists from the Lismore Youth Week Celebrations.

Arts Northern Rivers has supported the development of a circus zone where artists and performers will hold workshops in acrobatics and trapeze.

There will be BMX competitions, skating competitions, face painting workshops, fabulous creations by Sandology, food stalls for all tastes and a dance party to finish the festival.

Free transport has been provided right across the region by YAXI and YOWI.

"There's going to be so much for all the family to do on the day," Ms O'Halloran said.

"Parents can kick back and enjoy what Evans has to offer because there's so much on for the kids they are going to be active all day."

For event information contact 6682 6577 or visit crankfest.com.au.



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