Get Out festival gears up for colourful, connected youth event

COMMITTEE: Tegan Stephens, Melinda Dickson, Rosii Pedler, Emma Gale and Peta Fuss are excited for their first Get Out Festival next weekend. Image supplied.
COMMITTEE: Tegan Stephens, Melinda Dickson, Rosii Pedler, Emma Gale and Peta Fuss are excited for their first Get Out Festival next weekend. Image supplied.

Empowering Lower Eyre Suicide Prevention Network is preparing for its first Get Out Music and Arts Festival in Cummins next weekend, aimed at the community's youth to connect them to important mental health services.

The network received $10,000 in grant funding from Country SA Primary Health Network to connect youth and "get them out and about".

The Cummins Op Shop also donated $1000 for the event.

Empowering Lower Eyre vice chairperson Tegan Stephens said the network spoke with year 7 to 12 students last year about what they would like to see at the event.

"We really wanted to get the kids behind the planning of this event," she said.

"We wanted to show them insight into how much it takes to get this up and running but also that we want to do this for them."

She said the big attraction is professional skateboarder Darryl Harvey performing demonstrations, which will coincide with the skate park's official opening.

Another highlight is the colour obstacle course, which children and adults can participate in being splattered with various different coloured powders at different stages throughout the course.

The event will also feature live bands, wellbeing markets, macrame and drumming circle workshops, henna, nail painting, a stall by Empowering Lower Eyre, and interactive games by West Coast Youth and Community Support that ties to mental wellbeing.

"We have heaps of food stalls all volunteer run by committees in our community," Mrs Stephens said.

"It's run entirely on volunteers...and it wouldn't be possible without the funding from Country SA PHN."

"We hope if it's successful we can do it biennially," she said.

"We're encouraging everyone to bring a picnic rug...other than the food and drinks everything is free."

The event is at the Cummins town oval on February 15 from 2pm-11.30pm.

Follow the Get Out Music and Arts Festival 2020 Facebook page for more information.