Looking back on 1988 youth festival in Ballina
PHOTOS of the 1988 youth festival in Ballina are a wonderful archive of the period but at the time the co-ordinator was not happy with the turnout.
The Far North Coast International Youth Year co-ordinator, Ms Di Edwards, the biggest non-metropolitan youth festival in NSW, said she was disappointed with the numbers in the street parade on Saturday and the free rock concert on Saturday afternoon.
"Those that attended the concert enjoyed it, but when you have 160 people in a hall the size of the one at the high school, the scene looks a bit like a pea in a pumpkin," Ms Edwards said.
Ms Edwards said the scene at the hall contradicted claims made by youth at a Youth Speaks forum on the Friday that there was not enough entertainment in the area.
The two-day festival began with the youth forum which was attended by more than 50 young people and community representatives.
The Youth Festival Award for Performing Arts was held on the Friday night at the Ballina RSL Club.
Saturday activities began with a street parade through Ballina.
More than 300 people aged between three and 25 marched behind the International Youth Banner.
The parade ended at Ballina High School where a large crowd watched displays from the groups that had marched.
The festival ended on Saturday afternoon with the rock concert at Ballina High School.
Local bands Riff Raff, Blitz Kids, Rookies and Black Bros played at the gig.