CRANKING IT UP: Issara Ketkul, 17, of Nimbin, shows the kind of moves to please the crowds at Crankfest.
CRANKING IT UP: Issara Ketkul, 17, of Nimbin, shows the kind of moves to please the crowds at Crankfest. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Youths prepare cool moves for Crankfest

ZORB balls, sumo suits and jumping castles can only mean one thing: It's time for Crankfest Xtreme, the region's largest youth arts festival showcasing the talents of young people from Grafton to the Tweed.

Held on April 27 in Evans Head, the eighth annual festival will bring together young people from across the region to show what they have to offer, said event organiser Tarryn Cole.

Jam-packed with entertainment, this year's festival offers three stages (Livewire, Good Vibes and Breakamove) and a doof tee pee for all tastes in music plus MC battles and hip hop, the usual skate jam and a new surf competition beginning at 8am.

Then there's the zorb balls, sumo suits, jumping castles, balance master, rock-it, short films, a craft zone for the little ones and lots of food and art markets, among other things.

"There's something for everyone," Ms Cole said.

"It's going to be a great day."

There's free transport from across the region as well, she said, so young people are able to attend.

"Transport's always an issue for young people."

Ms Cole said she hoped as many young people as possible were able to attend and have a great time.

"I hope they have an awesome day, and I hope it opens their eyes to the possibilities," she said.

"They might see young people doing amazing things and think, 'I can do that'."

Ms Cole said that while people could register online for things like the skate jam and the surf comp beforehand, they would also be taking registrations on the day.

Now she just hopes the weather stays fine for their big day.

Crankfest Xtreme will be held Saturday, April 27, 10am-4pm at Evans Head Surf Life Saving Club Esplanade - Surf comp kicks off early at 8am.

Find out more and register for comps at crankfestxtreme.com



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