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Celebrating youth culture

If you’re anywhere near our region this Saturday 21 April head to Castlemaine when the 2 The Extreme Youth Festival (2TX) hits town. If you’re not, you might need to change your plans!

2TX is a huge, one-of-a kind youth festival put on by Castlemaine’s own XtremeInc Youth Projects, a leading Central Victorian Youth organisation that has been supporting young people in the region since 2009.

2TX caters to all ability levels and aims to inspire, motivate and engage young people aged between 8 and 25 – many of whom are from less advantaged backgrounds – in positive, healthy, creative activities such as sports, dance, music and food.

This year’s event will be a jam packed day celebrating youth culture with skate and scoot competitions, parkour workshops and competitions, hip hop and contemporary dance workshops, live music, young makers’ market, street art and much, much more.

One of the biggest attractions is the Skate, Scoot and Parkour competitions with special guest pro skater Ebony Bielby.

“We’re so pumped to have special guest judge and pro skater Ebony Bielby for our first all girl skate comp,” says Sarah Cook, Director XtremeInc Youth Projects.

Pro scoot rider Will Barlow will also be a guest judge.

“Will has been riding his whole life from bikes to scooters to motorbikes,” says Sarah. “He competed in the 2017 Nitro World Games in the United States against some of the best freestyle scooter riders in the world. His scoot demo is something no one should miss!”

“2TX provides employment for young artists and instructors from our region and inspiration for young rural artists,” she says.

“Many past participants have gone on to become professionals in their field.”

“We’re expecting around 1,000 young people this year making it our biggest to date and we’re thrilled to see registrations for competitions filling so fast.”

Each year 2TX attracts high profile artists and groups to perform, teach, judge and mentor young people. This year they include XFactor contestants FD3 who will feature as the headlining act and also run a dance workshop. Other bands include All That Mammoth and The Wilsons.

Entry is $10 Adults, $8 Child/Youth or $30 Family of 4. Gates and registrations open at 12 but you can pre-purchase tickets and register online at www.2thextremefestival.com

For a festival schedule head to the website www.2thextremefestival.com

Waller Realty is pleased to have been a sponsor of 2TX and XtremeInc Youth Projects for many years and to be able to continue our involvement in 2018.

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A night under the stars in historic Maldon

Main Street Maldon will be transformed into an open air theatre and restaurant

Enjoy the magical atmosphere this weekend at Maldon’s highlight event of the year, the Maldon Twilight Dinner.

For one night only tables will line iconic Main Street Maldon, declared Australia’s first Notable Town by the National Trust in 1965, transforming the streetscape and creating an utterly unique visual spectacle.

Share fabulous food from local providers, wine from the region and enjoy wonderful entertainment from international duo Pavarotti and the Diva and the Beatles Show Band, Rubbersoul.

Now in its 13th year, the Maldon Twilight Dinner started as a way to showcase Maldon’s cafes and producers and was originally called Tastes of Gold. Now three times the size, the dinner draws crowds from the local community and interstate.

“This year we’re bringing back the idea of showcasing local producers by providing hampers as part of the ticket price,” says Pamela Jewson, Secretary Maldon Eat Drink Events Inc.

“They’ll be packed with local delicacies including baguettes from LeSel, Harcourt cherries, chocolates from the Maldon Lolly Shop, cheese from Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese, southern fried free range chicken, beef and salads from the Spotted Cow, Miss Pritchards Pantry and The Gold Exchange Café. ”

The Twilight Dinner is historically a sell-out event but spectator tickets are still available so you don’t have to miss out on the atmosphere and entertainment. Why not book a table and have dinner at one of the town’s many restaurants, pubs and cafes?

The Maldon Twilight Dinner is on this Saturday 13 January. For more information, event tickets, or, for something extra special, a ticket to get there in style on the Victorian Goldfields Railway, call 0417 150 709.

Maldon Folk Festival hits town this long weekend

From its beginnings on a makeshift stage on the back of a truck at the football oval in 1974, the Maldon Folk Festival has grown into a four day event showcasing music, dance, workshops and other events across the National Trust Classified township. And it’s on again this long weekend.

“Once again, we have a great line-up and it’s looking to be another great festival,” says Maldon Folk Festival Director, Pam Lyons.

“Eric Bogle is back and we have Damien Leith, Mile Twelve (USA), The New Macedon Rangers (USA) and Rob Barrett (UK) all joining us for the first time.”

This year’s performers also include Celtic-rock sensation Claymore and gypsy dance band The Royal High Jinx, Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo, The Good Girl Song Project, Rich Davies & The Low Road and many more.

“As well as our concerts, workshops and street performers we have a memorial concert for Danny Spooner, long time festival stalwart, who sadly passed away early this year,” says Pam.

While the early years might have consisted of sessions at the Kangaroo Hotel or around the campfire at the oval, with a Sunday concert at Butts Reserve at the foot of Mount Tarrangower, the present day Festival has spread out to venues across the town.

Butts Reserve remains the hub, with the Guinness Tent and Troubadour Wine Bar now popular features, but visit these days and you’ll find events in the local pubs, cafes, gardens and churches. The link with the football club continues with musical items and the Poet’s Brunch held in the clubrooms and at Maldon Primary School you’ll find the popular craft market and Children’s Circus on the Saturday.

Experience the legendary, festival atmosphere over four decades in the making this long weekend 3 – 6 November. Check out the full Maldon Folk Festival program here.

 Waller Realty is pleased to have been a sponsor of the Maldon Folk Festival for many years and to be able to continue our involvement in 2017.