Bring It On! Festival empowers youth to take hold of their future

Published Monday, 4th April 2016

Young people in Fairfield will get a head start in establishing their careers thanks to Fairfield City Council’s Bring it On! Festival on Sunday 17 April at Fairfield Showground.

Running alongside Bring it On! Festival is the youth training program, Bring it On! Volunteer Generations: Leadership and Development Program, in addition to the fun-filled, day-long event for young people.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said the training program was about giving Fairfield youth the best chance to build skills they could use as a stepping stone to further opportunities.

“Volunteer Generations brings previous volunteers back to work alongside this year’s volunteers in a leadership capacity,” Mayor Carbone said. “The returning volunteers have received a leadership training session to hone their leadership skills and will work alongside the younger volunteers in a mentoring capacity.

“This year the program is focusing on building the capacity of young people to enable them to gain the confidence required to begin building their careers.

“In 2016 about 150 youth volunteers aged 14–24 were involved in various roles, such as sound crew, photographers, videographers and event management. The experience and skills gained as a volunteer can be very valuable in securing future employment.”

Mayor Carbone said that in addition to this, Council was running workshops for young people in photography, live sound production and film, where participants would gain transferable, hands-on experience.

“There are many examples of young people transferring the experience gained at Bring it On! Festival into a job,” Mayor Carbone said. “One long-term volunteer who began at the festival from 2009 has now gone on to establish a career in event production and promotion and works across Sydney. This year he successfully tendered for, and won, the contract to provide the sound and lighting for Bring it On! Festival.

“Fairfield City Council is committed to providing increased opportunities for its community, including more activities for youth. This is one of Council’s priorities, which was established by Fairfield residents.

“This commitment is demonstrated not only with the Youth Week program, but also through the Youth Advisory Committee, which presents the views of Fairfield City’s Youth to Fairfield City Council and the wider community, ensuring that young people are given a voice at Local Government level year round. The Bring it On! Festival is developed in consultation with our Youth Advisory Committee.

“Our goal is to bridge the gap between youth, community and business. It makes me very happy to see young people benefit from the opportunities offered through the Bring it On! Festival and grasp hold of their future with both hands.”

The Bring it On! Festival is on Sunday 17 April between 10.30am and 7.30pm at Fairfield Showground. It is the biggest Youth Week event in NSW. It is a FREE day-long event jam packed with entertainment, including three stages of performances, rides, workshops, a career and education precinct, and food and market stalls. Bring it On! Festival is an all ages, drug and alcohol-free event.

Free shuttle bus transport is available from Cabramatta, Canley Vale and Fairfield train stations.

Details about the Bring It On! Festival can be found at www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/bringiton, Facebook www.facebook.com/bringitonfest and Twitter @bringitonfest.

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Media enquiries: Roxanne Martinenko, Communications and Marketing Officer
Phone: 9725 0166
Email: fcccommunications@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au