Jessica Mauboy keeps the crowd entertained.
Jessica Mauboy keeps the crowd entertained. Tweed Daily News

Jessica wows crowds at Deadly Fest

PROVING she has a voice as deadly as her looks, singer Jessica Mauboy entertained a crowd of hundreds at Kingscliff TAFE yesterday for the Deadly Days festival.

A 600-strong crowd made their voices heard when Ms Mauboy took to the stage.

“My God, you guys have some lungs,” Ms Mauboy told the screaming crowd.

“You guys can really sing.”

The Deadly Days festival is about giving young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students greater opportunities in education, employment and training, and getting into a positive and healthy lifestyle.

Ms Mauboy encouraged students at the event to continue with their studies.

“You guys want to sing and learn how to write songs? Then you need to stay in school and maybe even go to TAFE , because even if you want to make music you still need an education,” Ms Mauboy said.

Students were given a look into potential future careers, with exhibitors from Country Energy, TAFE Hairdressing, ANZ, NSW Fire Brigade and more giving out information during the event.

The festival, which kicked off on Tuesday, involved workshops on working with the land, with people and with machines.

Yesterday's line-up included hip-hop workshops and sporting activities along with Ms Mauboy's performance.

North Coast Aboriginal Learning Partnerships director Tony Dreise helped to organise the event.

“This is the first Deadly Day at Kingscliff, and another two events will be held this year at Grafton and Port Macquarie,” Mr Dreise said.

“We expect more than 2000 young people to attend the events.

“The idea behind Deadly Days is to give our young indigenous children hands-on experience in different trades like construction and hairdressing as well as the other education options that TAFE can offer, and it is also about inspiring them by showing them positive role models like Jessica.

“It is not just about the dream; you have to have a course of action and dedicate yourself to achieving that outcome.”

The festival is funded by the Australian Government as part of the Community Festivals for Education Engagement initiative, and hosted by North Coast TAFE's Aboriginal Learning Partnerships Team.

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