Making a festival

Smithton High School students (back from left) Georgia Gale, 13, Damon Joyce, 12, Sophie Nichols, 12, (front) Telina Anderson, 13, Zeb Johnson, 13, and Jaimee Fisher, 13 ask ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ with Commonwealth Bank Smithton branch manager Izaiah Swain and event organiser Dudley Billing. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

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Event. Smithton High School students have put their heads together to come up with Where’s Your Head At?

Supported by Seven Up Youth Centre, Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation and other Tasmanian organisations, the event focuses on starting conversations surrounding mental health.

Local students have been a driving force in the organising of the inaugural event.

Selected as an ‘option’ class for grade seven students, participants have had an insight into what goes on behind the scenes of a festival. From securing funding, locations and entertainment to the permits and promotion required to make a successful event, students have been involved every step of the way.

A mini concert will be held at Smithton High School and Circular Head Christian School with MC Straay during the day before the main event later that evening.

The festival features home grown Tassie talent including The Bad Dad Orchestra, Pete Cornelius, Red Giant and many more.

There will be food and drink, and activities as well as health checks and information for the community to check out.

The event is made possible with the support of a $10,000 Centenary Grant from the Commonwealth Bank.

Where’s Your Head At? is on tomorrow (Friday October 26) from 4.30 to 11.30pm at Trawmanna, 73 Mella Road, Smithton. The event will be drug and alcohol free and is free to attend for youth under 18, $10 for adults and $5 for pensioners.

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