Tribal Jam get grant for day of workshops

A GROUP of Bowraville youth known as Tribal Jam has been awarded $5500 to stage their one day youth showcase, Mini Beats.

The grant, from the Youth Action and Policy Association, will be used to stage a series of workshops during September culminating in the grand finale on Saturday, October 11 at the Back to Bowra Hinterland Festival.

The event is designed to encourage young people to actively participate in the design, creation and staging of their own safe, drug and alcohol free entertainment locally.

Mini Beats will feature live DJs, a hip hop battle, graffiti art displays, fashion parade by local designers, environmental walks and talks by Nambucca Youth Services and Headspace.

Performers from the Extravadance Project will also take the stage. And it will all be happening at the Bowra Skate Park from 10am to 7pm.

In the lead-up, Tribal Jam is co-ordinating free workshops in flag making, decor design/construction and digital photography.

Tribal Jam spokesman Ethan Frankel said the workshops and the event were an opportunity to foster positive change with the creative participation of young people.

The event is being launched this Friday at the Nambucca Youth Service at 2pm.

For inquiries about the workshops phone Tony Allison on 0401 562 526 or for the Extravadance project, Margot McCarthy on 0427 462 366.

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