The schoolchildren of Bendigo are counting down the days to the Vibe Alive festival, which is now only two weeks away.
The Bendigo Vibe Alive will be held on 25 and 26 May at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds (Bendigo Showgrounds), 42-72 Holmes Rd, Bendigo.
The two-day youth festival will challenge and inspire students of Bendigo and the region as they form teams to compete in Indigenous games and take part in a host of other fun-filled activities including a visit from Questacon.
Apart from Indigenous games, students can enjoy dancing and singing competitions, numeracy and literacy activities, careers and health expos, art workshops and goal-setting activities to determine the overall Bendigo, Vibe Alive winner.
National role models lead the way
Appearing at this year’s festival is some major Indigenous talent including singer Emma Donovan, rapper Dizzy Doolan and dancers Juanita Duncan and Steven Smith-Ince. The role models for the event include actor Luke Carroll and hip-hop performer Shannon Williams (aka Brothablack).
Australia’s leading Aboriginal stand-up comedian and artist Kevin Kropinyeri will host the Paint It Up activities, where students get the chance to display their artistic flair and learn of the art techniques that have been passed down through the generations.
AFL player Joey Williams and former basketball sensation Claude Williams will host the Indigenous games.
Performer and choreographer Gail Mabo and artist Rick Roser will host Little Vibe – a special program to give young people in early primary school the full festival experience.
Executive Producer Gavin Jones says he is looking forward to staging a festival for young people to remember, and particularly hopes secondary school students take advantage of the great careers expo that will be there.
“Our Full On Futures career expo has great participation from a range of organizations including universities, government departments, the Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association, TAFE, ambulance, police, the Defence Force and Centrelink. It’s an interactive expo with plenty of hands on activities to engage students, rather than just picking up a pamphlet,” he says.
Registrations still open
Registrations are still open for the teams and can be entered via the website at www.vibealive.com.au or by calling the free-call line 1800 623 430. Due to the overwhelming demand the Little Vibe section is now closed.
Vibe Alive is also looking for volunteers to be part of the event. If you can help out please contact [email protected]
Vibe Alive is funded by the Australian Government’s Community Festivals for Education Engagement program, designed to encourage school attendance, retention and healthy lifestyles for all young Australians, in particular, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Contact Maryann Weston on 02-4822 8230 or email [email protected] for all media requests.
Vibe Alive’s principal sponsor, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, is also offering to assist schools with their travel and accommodation costs. Information about travel and accommodation assistance can be found at: www.deewr.gov.au/Indigenous/Schooling/Programs/Pages/CommunityFestivals.aspx
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