Beach festival a hit
Beach festival a hit

Long established on the summer calendar for its youth focus and celebration of cultural diversity, the 2013 Be Active Busselton Beach Festival is shaping up as another highlight on the fixture list for next week.

The foreshore will be lined with artists, crafters, musicians and market stalls for two days of colourful activities, with the aim of bringing people together and enlivening their imaginations.

Saturday, January 12, will offer a multicultural tone as the Tribal Mix unfolds to highlight common values and transcend boundaries.

Director Suzi Kent believed the diverse program with nationally renowned talent would be “one of the best to date”.

Throughout the day, professional WA sand sculptor Jenny Rossen, known as “Jenny the Sandcastle Girl”, will captivate with her abilities and offer opportunities for community interaction.

Scattered throughout the afternoon three cultural dances will take place, including Bollywood and samba, as well as Wardani dancers and another performance leading into the traditional bonfire conducted by indigenous people.

Carnarvon-based international aerialist Theaker von Ziarno, who exhibits one of the few solo aerial street shows in the world and considers her role as working to empower and enrich culture and the arts from the ground up, will also make an appearance.

As the headline act, prior to the evening fireworks, Australia’s Got Talent finalists and WA opera sopranos Divalicious are excited to finish the day, delivering an eclectic short interlude of operatic highlights with a twist and classical duets.

Attention moves to the younger generation on Sunday, January 13, with the youth-organised and managed Big Mix event giving opportunities for young people from the region to showcase creative flair.

The program will consist of various displays and sessions such as fire twirling, Drum Beat, photo/art competitions, parades, dancing and theatre.

As dusk sets in, different genres of music will compete on stage in the Battle of the Bands, with Perth teenage five-piece Splinta to follow up their Saturday acoustic workshops by rocking the crowd, before the winners are announced.

Mrs Kent said the festival exemplified what young people, including those encouraged to take an active role in their community as part of the Southern Rip organisation, could achieve.

“I look forward to seeing the Southern Rip volunteers who are assisting this year go on to fulfil their dreams,” she said.

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