Subsidy for Crankfest
WORK in the lead-up to the 2012 Crankfest XTreme regional youth arts festival has been given a boost with the event being awarded a State Government grant.
Announced by Clarence State MP Chris Gulaptis, the grant of $2500 will fund the hire of a sound system to service the three performance stages in operation during the festival to be held at Evans Head in April.
"The initiative gives young people the skills, resources and support to stage their own events and take control of their local all-ages scene and a stage for young bands to showcase their talents," Catherine O'Halloran of the Mid-Richmond Neighbour- hood Centre said.
Ms O'Halloran is one of the event organisers and said the festival was designed to provide an opportunity for young people to get involved in the organisation of a festival event by volunteering and participating.
"Crankfest Xtreme 2012 provides an opportunity for young people from right across our region to have access to an all-ages, alcohol-free, inclusive, free event that is run by them, for them, within a supportive environment," she said.
"It's been our experience that when young people take ownership, a new level of care appears and it allows for growth and learning in practical, informal ways that make sense to them.
"We often see kids participating in ways you just don't see at school or in more conventional forums and parents get the chance to see that also."
Produced annually since 2005 as a collaboration between the Richmond Valley Council, the Mid-Richmond Neighbourhood Centre and the Creative People's Collective, the event offers live music, dance music, circus, hip hop song and dance competitions, skate and BMX competitions, displays, workshops and other activities for all ages.
"There are loads of great activities that the young people themselves have asked for, as well as music and performances done by kids they probably even know," Ms O'Halloran said.
"The event will be held the weekend following National Youth Week celebrations, providing an opportunity for new skills learned to be showcased."
Up to 3000 young people are expected to attend the festival which will be held at Evans Head on April 28.