Bunbury youth fest shifts into top gear

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Viva Aerial Dance performers Tanja Mare, 15, Charlotte Murphy, 14, and Carissa Campagnolo, 16, warm up for this weekend's Shift Youth Festival under the watchful eyes of Bunbury Youth Advisory Council’s Sean Smith and Bella Burgemeister.
Camera IconViva Aerial Dance performers Tanja Mare, 15, Charlotte Murphy, 14, and Carissa Campagnolo, 16, warm up for this weekend's Shift Youth Festival under the watchful eyes of Bunbury Youth Advisory Council’s Sean Smith and Bella Burgemeister. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

An annual youth festival jam packed with activities and music will take over the Bunbury CBD on Saturday.

The Shift Festival presented by Drug Aware runs during Youth Week WA and celebrates all things youth, but organisers say there will be something for everyone.

Perth hip hop artist and 2017 Triple J Unearthed High competition winner Arno Faraji will be the headline act of the popular festival and will be joined by Bunbury musicians Butter, Joan and the Giants and local songstress Elavina Williams.

Bunbury Youth Mayor Sean Smith said the team behind the festival – organised in collaboration with Bunbury City Council – had worked hard to bring the event together.

“We’ve got the largest variety of events and activities that we’ve ever had,” Mr Smith said.

“There’s something for everyone, big acts and line-ups, some awesome local artists and organisations running cool activities.

“A huge amount of work goes in every year and it almost feels a little bit bigger each time, just because the ideas get a little bit more ambitious.

“But it’s been a huge team effort this year, everyone has really been fully involved, so we’ve been able to pull it together pretty nicely.”

Alongside the concert will be a variety of activities such as sumo suits, Freerun X5, inflatables, skateboarding clinics, 3x3 basketball and laser tag.

There will also be a host of stalls including henna tattoos, flower crowns, smoothie bike and drumbeat area as well as the Drug Aware chillout zone.

Revellers will not go hungry with a tasty selection of food trucks on-site and a pop-up mocktail bar.

“The goal of it is to just provide something for young people ... to provide that unique, free event for young people,” Mr Smith said.

“It really showcases that young people do have a place in the community and deserve their own spaces and activities, proving that facilities and activation are important for young people.”

The festival kicks off at 3pm until 8pm with free shuttle buses to the Graham Bricknell Memorial Music Shell from designated areas.

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