One thousand students from around Western Australia gathered in Kalgoorlie last week for the most successful Vibe Alive festival yet.
Vibe Alive – a national two day youth festival for young Australians of all backgrounds that incorporates singing, dancing, sport and health and literacy activities – is currently travelling around Australia as part of the Australian Government’s Community Festivals for Education Engagement program, which supports targeted events that encourage school attendance, retention and healthy lifestyles for all young Australians, in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
“We were overwhelmed with the amount of community support we received from the people of Kalgoorlie,” says Gavin Jones, Vibe Alive executive producer. “The spirit of Vibe Alive was also well and truly alive among all the young participants – we saw some really inspiring examples of sportsmanship, cooperation and kinship.
“We also saw some of the best student performances yet. The talent these kids have is amazing,
and thanks to the guys from the beyondblue Indigenous Hip Hop projects, we saw some incredible hip hop dancing from all our teams – it’s the perfect way for kids of all ages and ability levels to express themselves.”
The overall winners of the Western Australian Vibe Alive Cup were the Pythons, from Kalgoorlie Primary School. Hundreds of local kids took part in the competition, along with hundreds more students who travelled from across the state to attend.
Adding to the excitement of the festival were a group of special Vibe Alive role models, including former Australian Idol Casey Donovan and star of the hit reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance? Courtney Walter.
“Our special community concert was also a huge hit,” Gavin says. “The community turned out in force to watch students and role models perform, and their enthusiasm and support helped make
the entire event immensely memorable.
“Kalgoorlie – you’ve really done yourselves proud.”
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Vibe Alive is proudly supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.