Skater Mitch Weston shows his moves at Crankfest in Evans Head on the weekend, watched by fellow skaters keen to check out the competition.
Skater Mitch Weston shows his moves at Crankfest in Evans Head on the weekend, watched by fellow skaters keen to check out the competition. Cathy Adams

Teenagers enjoy Xtreme festival

YOUNG people descended on Evans Head River Reserve on Saturday for the sixth annual Crankfest Xtreme festival.

Musicians, dancers, skaters and performers took to stages, performance spaces and workshop areas to show off their skills and pass on a few tricks of their trades to willing onlookers as hundreds of families took advantage of a glorious autumn day.

Liaison officer Peter Byrne said the showpiece youth event had consolidated itself into Richmond Valley’s calendar.

“It was a great day, particularly the crowd of about 3000 teenagers, who were really well-behaved,” he said.

“To have that many young people without any anti-social behaviour shows the value of engaging meaningfully with youth.”

Hip-hop ruled on the Breakamove Stage as the CPC Crew (Creative Peoples Collective) led the dance-offs and demonstrations.

The CPC Crew’s Eco Ninjas took debating to a new dimension demonstrating their powers of persuasion in an incisive hip-hop debate titled, Extinction – is Mankind Next?

“They do their own research and put it out there in a way to engage young people,” CPC’s Nadine Smith said.

Meanwhile, over 30 competing skaters and BMX riders thrilled the crowds beside the Livewire Music Stage where five impressive local teenage bands provided the perfect live soundtrack for the action.

Punters tried their hands at workshops, including aerial trapeze, fire twirling, drumming and even belly dancing.



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