IT'S been raining all week but the sun shone for the 11th annual Crankfest at Evans Head.

The event is a celebration of youth culture and art and there was certainly no shortage of that on Saturday.

From skate boarding demos to dancing performances, gymnastics moves and music galore, there was no question about the immense amount of youth talent on show.

 

Waves Dance Studio teacher Megan MacMahon said it was something her students looked forward to each year.

"They've been working really hard with rehearsals this week and they're just really excited to perform and dance," she said.

"Every year we've done performances at Crankfest and every year we get about 20 kids wanting to dance.

"It's a good opportunity for them to perform and get used to the performance side.

"I think it's a great opportunity for kids to really open up and just be who they are and show their talent, whatever it is, art, dance, surfing, skating.

"It's just a great day for them to do what they love."

 

Kyla Smith, 11, Bonnie Smith, 12, and Shelby Willows, 11, from Waves Dance Studio getting ready to perform at Crankfest 2016 at Evans Head
Kyla Smith, 11, Bonnie Smith, 12, and Shelby Willows, 11, from Waves Dance Studio getting ready to perform at Crankfest 2016 at Evans Head Leah White

Youth worker and Crankfest organiser Michele Yates said young people and families had come from all over the region to attend.

She said this year, the crowd had been condensed to make it easier for people to watch the performances, which were a highlight of the event.

"Over the years they've been one the main things that's kept it going," she said.

"It's letting young musicians have a go, some of them for the first time ever."

Ms Yates said another benefit was that Crankfest gave youth the opportunity to perform without the pressure of competitions and the nervousness that comes with being judged.

 

Ban Solo and Kelly Gelzinnis performing at the 2016 Crankfest in Evans Head
Ban Solo and Kelly Gelzinnis performing at the 2016 Crankfest in Evans Head Leah White

The event is a collaboration between the region's youth, the Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre, volunteers and various youth-focused organisations.

It includes live music, dance and gymnastic performances, surf and skate competitions and art displays.

There's also a range of food and clothing stalls.



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