Issara Ketkul, 17, of Nimbin.
Issara Ketkul, 17, of Nimbin.

Rain didn't dampen crowds interest

EVEN though the Crankfest Xtreme skateboarding competition was rained out on Saturday, the festival's hip-hop stage was well and truly alive.

More than 100 people packed the Break A Move Stage to watch young local dancers twist, turn, bounce and "dance battle" to the beat of hip-hop music.

The battles were a competitive form of dancing between two people or teams who took turns trying to out-dance each other.

"The young people here are just totally into it," Crankfest Xtreme organiser Catherine O'Halloran said.

"Crankfest is designed to be a showcase of young local talent because a lot of these kids don't have the opportunity to perform at events.

"The quality of the performers has been outstanding."

On Saturday, festival attendees had the opportunity to get actively involved in a range of activities.

"It was born as a hip-hop festival but it's starting to diversify now," Ms O'Halloran said.

"We have a lot of activities which are also workshops, so we're actually teaching young people skills."

There were visual art classes, circus performance workshops and three live music stages for people to indulge.

Crankfest Xtreme has been held in Evans Head for the past three years and was about "connecting communities", Ms O'Halloran said.

"Youth services and other people from Tweed Heads to Grafton and west of Casino all come down to Evans Head just for Crankfest."



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