Jessica Mauboy.
Jessica Mauboy. Sunshine Coast Daily/Greg Miller

Deadly days fest reaches out to young

FOR SOMEONE as drop dead gorgeous as Jessica Mauboy, performing at Kingscliff TAFE's Deadly Days Festival seems highly appropriate.

The award-winning singer will be joined by comedian and festival MC Sean Choolburra tomorrow at the Cudgen Street campus for day two of the youth festival, starting today.

Deadly Days aim to give young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people greater opportunities in education, employment and training, and get into a positive and healthy lifestyle.

It kicks off in Kingscliff before moving to Grafton and Port Macquarie TAFE campuses later this week.

North Coast TAFE community partnerships and inclusion director Tony Dreise said last year's festivals at the Wollongbar, CHEC and Taree campuses saw more than 1500 Aboriginal school students, 400 Aboriginal community members and 150 business and careers exhibitors engage in education and employment activities.

“This year our Kingscliff campus will host the bigger, better and deadlier two-day events,” Mr Dreise said.

“The festival will include more hands-on learning and fun on the first day, including a full day of vocational activities and Try-a-Trade workshops.”

The festival kicks off today with a series of hands-on learning workshops, in which registered school students will gain immediate skills, a taste of a TAFE course and a formal statement of attainment which would be their first step in a vocational education.

Mr Dreise said tomorrow is a “come one, come all” event, with a midday performance by Mauboy, a hip hop workshop, sessions with a Gold Coast Titan's Under 20 player, other high profile Aboriginal people and a Bush to BBQ feast.

Festival co-ordinator Simone Nelson said more than 320 students from 12 local schools have registered for today's event.

“Deadly Days is all about reaching out to young people,” Ms Nelson said.

“We've got a great new format this year by spreading it out over two days, I think the students will get a lot more out of it that way.”

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.

The festival encourages increased participation by young Aboriginal people in education, training and employment.

Mauboy is an MTV, ARIA number 1 and APRA Award winner.

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