Iconic children's entertainer Jay Laga'aia on his way to CQUni Village Festival

Published:04 August 2017

Well-known ABC PlaySchool presenter, star of Jay’s Jungle and iconic Australian children’s entertainer Jay Laga’aia is heading to Yeppoon for the CQUniversity Village Festival.

Iconic children's entertainer Jay Laga'aia is on his way to the CQUniversity Village Festival, boosting the range of entertainment appealing to families with young children.

Jay will perform a free children’s concert at the Yeppoon Main Beachfront stage from 11 am on Saturday 12 August as part of the Festival.

CQUniversity and Livingstone Shire Council have teamed up to arrange the performance by the well-known ABC Play School presenter, star of Jay’s Jungle and iconic Australian children’s entertainer.

Performing his favourite songs from his numerous ABC for Kids children’s albums, Jay says he can’t wait to hit the coast with a concert by the sea.

“I am really looking forward to coming back to Central Queensland to play at the CQUniversity Village Festival in Yeppoon. It’s a beautiful part of the world and the locals always make me feel welcome," Jay said.

“I am excited that the Festival has decided to try something new by reaching out to kids and bringing young families into the event.

"There will be plenty of singing, dancing and laughing, and I can’t wait to see everyone there!” Jay said.

Jay's film credits include Nim's Island and Star Wars, and he has television credits on Home and Away, Bed of Roses, Legend of the Seeker, Xena Warrior Princess and, of course, Play School! He has played Mufasa in The Lion King, The Wizard in Wicked The Musical, and most recently performed in Children of the Sun with Sydney Theatre Company.

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman said he was delighted to help the CQUniversity Village Festival reach out to younger audiences.

“The CQUniversity Village Festival is the region’s premier celebration of arts and culture, and it’s important that we reach out to our region’s kids to engage them in this celebration," Professor Bowman says.

“I am a huge fan of Jay’s work, especially the way he inspires creativity and imagination amongst kids. This is so important; it will be our younger generations that change the world, but they must be able to imagine it first. It's people like Jay who drive that imagination."

Livingstone Shire Deputy Mayor and Councillor for the Arts, Nigel Hutton said it was exciting to see the coast attract such an iconic household name like Jay Laga’aia to perform a free concert for local kids.

“Jay is huge, and not just among kids. Most adults know his work in films like Star Wars and TV shows like Home and Away. It’s fantastic that Council is able to partner with CQUniversity to support the Village Festival with arguably Australia’s most popular children’s entertainer,” Cr Hutton said.

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