Fresh energy and fun at Bowraville festival

BOWRAVILLE'S the place to be this weekend with the community celebrating their new-look Back to Bowra Hinterland Festival.

The big focus is kids, kids, kids and youth with the Extravadance participants showing off their talents from 2.30pm in the main street and the concurrent MiniBeats Youth Showcase at the skate park, organised by energetic young entrepreneurs, Tribal Jam.

According to Extravadance co-ordinator Margo McCarthy the 20 participants aged between 12 and 18 years have been working for 10 weeks on their hip-hop and breakdance routines, writing amazing rap songs and having heaps of fun with graffiti art.

There's a lot of fresh energy in this festival,” Ms McCarthy said.

“It will be lots of fun - there's so much interest in all the activities for young people. The Tribal Jam space is a special offshoot event and will feature workshops, markets and music for youth.

“It's a place where parents can go and hear and see what their teenagers are into - and feel proud. It's a great way for parents and kids to understand each other better and get involved in each others' worlds.”

Other highlights include billy cart races from 9am with newly-elected mayor Rhonda Hoban taking part in the mayoral cup, the Light Horse Brigade ceremony and parade at noon with the grand parade following at 12.15pm led by the re-vitalised Rainbow Serpent. Extravadance performances are on from 2.30pm.

There's live music happening all day and late into the night.

On Sunday there's a Bowls and Golf day kicking off with an 8am champagne breakfast at the Bowraville Recreation Club and more live music throughout town venues.

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