Deadly line-up for festival

DEADLY days are coming to Casino, but that doesn’t mean the end is nigh.

The Deadly Days Festival, run by North Coast TAFE, has a line-up of great entertainment and a big program of action learning and activities for Aboriginal communities across the North Coast.

The festival will be held at three TAFE campuses, including Casino at Queen Elizabeth Park, on Wednesday, September 1, from 9am to 3pm.

Last year’s headline act was former Australian Idol contestant Jessica Mauboy. This year, the winner of last year’s Idol, Stan Walker, will be performing.

“I was so thrilled to be invited to be part of this,” Mr Walker said.

“Jessica Mauboy did it last year and told me how deadly it was – I can’t wait to meet you all and perform for you.”

He will be joined by another Australian idol, Ernie Dingo.

Together they will host the ‘come one, come all’ event with performances, popular hip hop workshops and sessions with sporting heroes. Other high-profile Aboriginal personalities and healthy cultural food will be on the agenda.

Funded by the Federal Government as part of the Community Festivals for Education Engagement initiative, and staged by North Coast TAFE’s Aboriginal Learning Partnerships Team, the festivals encourage increased participation by young Aborigines in education, training and employment.

North Coast TAFE director of Aboriginal Learning Partnerships, Heather McGregor, said last year’s festivals attracted more than 2000 students from 115 schools from as far away as Tamworth and Penrith.

According to North Coast TAFE, they have seen significant growth in Aboriginal enrolments over the past five years.

Their total last year was 5566, up from 2517in 2004. Over the sameperiod their Aboriginal course completions increased from 847 in 2004 to a total of 3119 last year.

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