Below Zero Runs Hot! (2019) At Below Zero on Saturday night, around 350 young people from across the North Central region experienced live music sets, a spectacular laser light show and performance artists in aunique bush setting adorned with psychedelic art installations, and an incredible kaleidoscopic designed stage. The enthusiasm of the crowd was palpable from the moment they disembarked from the buses and saw the astounding site. As the crowd grew, so did the excitement as the young people caught up with new an old friends and danced the night away. DJ’s Alayna Brown and Taylor Fedke entertained the young people with their mix of tunes and genres, and Disco Gold finished the line up by exposing the young people to some Esoteric music. The DJs were impressed with the set up of the event and the engagement of the young people. Taylor Fedke posted on his facebook page, “Had so much fun at Below Zero underage event last weekend, can’t thank them enough for the opportunity to play for them; it was one of the top 5 moments of my life so far.” The male and female performing artists, arranged by event promoter Sam Goldsmith, mesmerised the youth with their juggling, baton twirling, poi spinning, fire breathing and fire dancing skills. Their freestyle double act was performed to the music on stages in front of the set, and it became more and more enthralling as the night proceeded as the props developed from LED lights and hula hoops to live fire. The chill-out tent provided relief for revellers who needed a break from the high energy of the dance area. Four youth workers from the Bendigo Collective Society were in attendance with giant jenga, connect four, bean bags and red frogs. Local artist Tarra Tonso was kept busy in the tent, with a lineup of young people waiting patiently to have creative designs painted with luminous paint and glitter on their arms, chests and faces. Co-ordinator of Buloke’s FReeZA program Music,Mates and Multiformity, Simone Christie said, “It was an amazing event that was just reward for the two years of planning and hard work from the Charlton Youth Group members and president Xanthe Fitzpatrick.” The Charlton youth group is grateful to Charlton Neighbourhood House, and co-ordinator, Kim Laffin, and Amy Theiz, who volunteered in the canteen on the night, Cr. David Pollard who was in attendance all evening to assist with any first aid incidents, Kylie Ftizpatrick and Barry McKenzie, who provided support to the youth group in the set up and pack up phase, Noonan builders for the fencing, the Charlton A&P Society and Football Club lent their support pro- viding the coolroom, chairs,tables and marquees, and the Buloke Shire for providing and removing bins. Funding for the event was provided by the Buloke FReeZA program, Charlton Youth Group, Buloke Shire and the Victorian State Government’s ENGAGE! Program coordinated by the North Central LLEN. Transporting young people to a venue in the bush could have been problematic, but thanks to the support of John McConville, Jamie Start, Doug McKenzie (Bendigo Bus Company), Noel Woodman and their drivers, every- one was able to be accommodated. Organising the bus lists in each town is an onerous task for the designated young person in each town, and the event organisers are grateful for everyone who took on this role for Below Zero. Enormous gratitude is extended to Sam and Karen Goldsmith and their extended family, and the whole Esoteric crew who have established this awesome festival site in our local area, and willingly and enthusiastically agreed to share it with the young people of Buloke and surrounds. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this event an unforgettable experience for Buloke young people.