By Casey Neill
Talented young locals will shine at the Dandenong Show in a music extravaganza planned and hosted by young people.
The Greater Dandenong FReeZA committee has enlisted dancers, DJs, and singers in various genres to perform from 4.30pm on Saturday 12 November.
Committee member Craig Rennie said the group gave 12 to 25-year-olds the opportunity to learn sound, lighting, stage management and more, and achieve qualifications in areas such as food handling.
The Doveton 21-year-old has been involved for four years.
“It’s more trying to show the younger people that you can actually make your own events,” he said.
“We’re always promoting for more people to join.
“It’s really good that you’re doing something for the community.
“Because I’m in my final years I’m able to teach the younger people that come in what I learnt when I first joined.”
The group meets once a fortnight generally and weekly leading up to an event.
Council community services director Mark Doubleday said this was the first time young people had actively been engaged to co-ordinate a youth event at the Dandenong Show.
“Involvement in the event will provide young people with the opportunity to hone their event and stage management skills, as well as a chance to gain first-hand experience with the technical skills required to bring an event of this nature to fruition,” he said.
“The youth stage will promote new and emerging musical talent from across Greater Dandenong, including dancers, rap artists and musicians.
“The event promises to be vibrant and dynamic and provides a platform for young people to showcase their talent both on and off stage.”
Craig said young people who wanted to get involved could pick up a flyer at the show or visit YStop at 39 Clow Street, Dandenong.