Bring it on! Festival gives local youth their chance to shine

Published Monday, 18th April 2016

Thousands of young people turned out on Sunday 17 April to take part in the biggest Youth Week event in NSW, Fairfield City Council’s Bring It On! Festival.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said the Bring it On! Festival was a great success with young people enjoying the day.

“Bring It On! provides opportunities to local youth to showcase their talents,” Mayor Carbone said. “This year a number of outstanding young people competed in band competitions and dance battles. Congratulations to Samantha Hurenkamp, from Freeman Catholic College, who won the High School Showdown, as well as Band Comp winner Sevsons. The 1v1 Street Jamz Battles winner was Azzam Hassan (from Baddies) and runner-up Jason Nguyen. The 3v3 Street Jamz Battles was won by Baddies dancers Molonai Tu'akalau Makalio, Azzam Hassan and Audrey Kiya.

“The Bring it On! Festival encourages young people of our City to celebrate their achievements, inspiring them for the future as they are cheered by their peers. This is a huge motivator for local youth who do not get a lot of opportunity to perform.

“We also had some outstanding, action-packed performances from the FMX Freestyle Motocross Team, with stunts such as 180s, 360s, transfers, stalls and backflips, while Australia’s best gymnasts put on an incredible acrobatic show of high flying trampoline routines.”

The Pioneers Mega Crew stunned crowds with their amazing skill and agility as they explored various dance styles such as Reggaeton, Dancehall, Waacking, Vogue, Krump, and Urban choreography. The Pioneers hail from across Western Sydney and have represented Australia at the Hip-hop International in Las Vegas (2014) and San Diego (2015).

Other festival highlights included the Silent Disco walking tours, Tricking workshops, the thrill and amusement rides in Adrenaland and the LOUD TR!BE dance party.

“Bring it On! Festival is an event dedicated to many different interests, including sports and recreational activities, music and arts. We are very proud of the Bring It On! Festival,” Mayor Carbone said.

“It is the largest Youth week event in NSW, which is an incredible achievement.”

Almost 200 young volunteers helped on the day and worked closely with a range of community agencies building their skills in a range of disciplines.

Although it looked like it might rain on the day, there were only a few spots that did not disrupt any of the outdoor events. The remainder of the event is under cover.

Bring it On! continues to evolve and develop each year. For 2017 Council will build on the new adrenalin-based events such as motocross and trampolining. The Dance Party remains popular and the new elements this year such as the fire show were just the start of exciting, drug and alcohol free recreation options during next year’s Youth Week.

Bring It On! Festival would not have been possible without the support of the local Fairfield City community and sponsoring organisations. Fairfield City Council thanks Supporting Partners

Cabra-Vale Diggers, PARKS Community Network and Loud TR!BE, Community Partners St Johns Park Bowling Club, Canley Heights RSL and Sporting Club, Stockland Wetherill Park and Hoyts Wetherill Park.

Competition winners

The Ultimate High School Challenge:

Samantha Hurenkamp - Freeman Catholic College

Band Competition:

Sevsons

Street Jamz all-styles dance battles:

1v1 Battles:
1st place - Azzam Hassan (from Baddies)
2nd place - Jason Nguyen
3v3 Battles:
1st place – Baddies dancers Molonai Tu'akalau Makalio, Azzam Hassan and Audrey Kiya

ENDS

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