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Under 25s will be able to dance to live beats, skate with the best or just chill with their besties at the free National Youth Week event on Saturday, April 9 from 2 to 8pm at Coolum's Tickle Park. 

The Blended Youth Culture, Art and Music Festival, hosted by IFYS Ltd, is the culmination of months of work by a dedicated support group and sponsors including Sunshine Coast Council, Community Solutions, Cosy Program, Electrify, Headspace, Korsos Photography, Shake It Up Music, TAFE, Uniting Care Community, Human Services and Red Frogs.

Maddie Aldwell from IFYS said Youth Week was about celebrating young people who have accomplished a broad range of achievements and are contributing positively to the image of young people within our community. 

"IFYS will be running the Blended Festival at the start of Youth Week 2016 to showcase the talents of young people across the full spectrum of the arts and music scene on the Coast," she said.

"There is a full line-up of popular bands and solo performers on two stages and 91.9 Sea FM will be broadcasting live on the day."

Council's Community Services Director Coralie Nichols said National Youth Week was the largest celebration of young people in Australia.

"Thousands of young people aged 12-25 from across Australia get involved in National Youth Week activities and council is proud to support the Blended Youth Culture, Art and Music Festival on the Coast," she said.

"This festival is very special as young local people have been involved from the very beginning in developing the fantastic program of entertainment and activities.

"In particular, some of the members who are on council's young engagement committee have worked tirelessly to deliver an event which will be remembered.

"This is also a great opportunity for young people to celebrate in a safe environment. Importantly it also showcases the outstanding young talent the Coast is lucky to have.

"The festival will also include a range of information and support services available on the Coast."

The festival's fantastic headline acts include The Unknowns, Taylor Payne, Fight Ibis, The Concept, and Chakra Efendi, and the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe will perform a traditional welcome.

The Balance, Jaiden Spence, Hahu Jade, Mason Hope, Olivia Nolan and Sally Skelton will take to the Surf Stage.

"Young people can unwind with photography exhibits, live graffiti art, a cartoonist, jewellery and a vintage clothing stall and Red Frogs will be running a skate workshop in the Chill Out Zone," Maddie said.

"We will be celebrating young entrepreneurs and local stall holders with selections of handmade products and clothing for sale. 

"There will be a great range of food stalls by La Petite Crepe, Gourmet Dumpling, The Paella Fella, Café Mobile, Beyond Blue bake sale, Swift Smoothies, Goat Pie Guy and the Sea FM BBQ."

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