Live music, laser tag, t-shirt printing, films and Out of the Box are just some of the things that will be on offer in Grafton’s Market Square on April 9 for the Under Southern Stars one-day youth festival.
Clarence Valley Council community development officer (youth), Giane Smajstr, said the free event would run from 4pm-9pm and would be headlined by the hit new G-rated Aussie movie Oddball starring Shane Jacobson (Kenny, The Dressmaker) on a pop-up cinema presented by Screenwave.
“Oddball will follow two short films produced by young filmmakers from around the Mid North Coast from last year’s REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival,” she said.
Ms Smajstr said the festival would start at 4pm with an inter-generational game of laser tag for young and the young at heart. It would be followed by live music on the main stage between 4pm and 6pm.
Other features of the event include a circus workshop, T-shirt printing, giveaways and competitions. Out of the Box will celebrate its “juice box” launch, and Headspace, the youth mental health service, will have a stall on the day providing information for young people to get support, and to support each other, promoting positive mental health.
Screenwave managing director, Dave Horsely, said Screenwave was excited to be launching this festival for the Clarence Valley.
“It’s fantastic to see communities come together through film and screen culture and what a great way to kick off National Youth Week 2016 than with a screening of locally-produced films by young people around the region,” he said.
“We would like to thank Clarence Valley Council for making this event possible.”
Other Screenwave programs include REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival, Call of the Surf Film Festival, the Coffs Coast Zombie Walk, and the new Screenwave International Film Festival, which ran over the summer around the Coffs Coast.
Under Southern Stars is the main event in the Clarence Valley celebrating National Youth Week, which runs from April 8 through to April 17.
For more information, visit Clarence Valley Council’s Facebook youth page Clarence Valley Youth or Screenwave’s Facebook page.