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Youth Awards Festival Friday 31 March!

Everyone is invited to come along and have some fun while celebrating the achievements of young people at a free Youth Festival on Friday 31 March 4pm to 7pm at Victory Park.

The family friendly event in Castlemaine will feature live music by Big Blue and entertainment by young people. Food by XtremeInc. Youth Projects, KT's coffee van, fairy floss and ice cream social available. Come and try your hand at some youth led activities like tie-dying, parkour or giant jenga!

Winners of the 2017 Mount Alexander Youth Awards will also be announced.

The 2017 Youth Festival is organised by young people and supported by Mount Alexander Shire Council. The festival is funded by a Victorian Government grant for National Youth Week.

Click on the image below to see the event poster.

Youth Awards Festival 2017

Free Youth Leadership training - 12 April 2017

Young people aged 12 to 25 years are invited to attend free leadership training, as part of Council’s Youth Advisory Group program. You will learn skills in leadership, communication and decision making, building your campaign and project planning to create change.

Event details

Time: 9.30am – 4pm, Wednesday 12 April 2017 (during school holidays)
Venue: Castlemaine Continuing Education building, Templeton Street, Castlemaine
Cost: FREE (lunch provided)

Please register your interest by Friday 7 April by contacting Melissa Fowler, Youth Development Officer on 5471 1826 or email m.fowler@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Places are limited.

Follow the links at the bottom of the page for the information poster and registration form.

Off the Street


Celebrating Multicultural Youth Arts!

Get Off the Street with XtremeInc and Eight Metre Speaker at the old Gaol. FReeZA Committee Eight Metre Speaker are showcasing some top local musos from this king of the castle vantage point over Castlemaine. Off the Street is about interactive entertainment for and by our young people, with some fantastic outcome-based workshops on offer too, including Hip Hop songwriting and dance, parkour and mask making.

Off the Street is held on Saturday 25 March and will feature:

Live Music and Performance Stage

The FReeZA Stage overlooks the beautiful town of Castlemaine at the front of the Gaol with performances by Castlemaine's top young musicians, workshop participants and headline Burundian/Australian act FLYBZ.

Multicultural Hip Hop Songwriting with the talented FLYBZ (aka Fablice Manirakiza)
12.30 - 1.45pm and 2.15 - 3:30pm

Fablice Manirakiza delivers a powerful workshop for young people, beginning by telling his personal story of resilience. Born and raised in a third world country (Burundi), becoming an orphan at the age of 8, child soldier at the age of 11 and then living in a refugee camp before finally migrating to Australia, Fablice has learned a thing or two. The group will have the opportunity to perform on the main stage later in the day.

‘The Collective’ Hip Hop and Contemporary dance with Sarah Cook and Suilvan Byrne (XtremeInc)
Workshops 12.30pm - 1.45pm and 2.15pm - 3.30pm

The Collective workshops focus on bringing together young people from diverse cultural backgrounds to develop a showcase of dance work drawing on hiphop and contemporary dance forms. Dance and music are an important part of most cultures and using these forms to capture the richness of individual stories will be a huge gift to the participants, their community and Festival audiences. The workshop group will have the opportunity to perform on the main stage later in the day.

Parkour and Free Running Workshop with Flynn Patrao (XtremeInc)
1.00pm - 3.00pm

Parkour, also known as free running, is a French-designed form that utilises obstacle courses, encouraging abilities such as running, jumping, swinging, rolling and climbing. Parkour is fun, builds confidence and fitness, and is something that anyone can try. This will be an exciting workshop run over two hours where young people can come in and out as they please, led by Central Victorian Parkour instructors.

Afrobetty Mask of Meaning Workshop
12.30pm - 1.45pm and 2.15pm - 3:30pm

Afrobetty is a special workshop event that explores the transformative practice and rituals associated with mask making. Participants are invited to explore how masks can either conceal identity through blankness, or disguise or emphasise identity through personalised symbols and story-telling. Inspired by indigenous masks and face painting practices, this fun workshop explores the how deeper personal meaning can be expressed or enhanced using pattern, colour or motif to cover our faces.

For more information on this event or to register for workshops go to the official Castlemaine State Festival website.

Mondo Lounge Youth Space

The Mondo Lounge youth space runs every Friday afternoon from 3.30pm - 6.00pm at Castlemaine Continuing Education on Templeton St during school terms for young people aged 12-25 years. It provides a fun, safe, supervised space to catch up, socialise and meet with friends.

A range of activities, workshops and training opportunities, developed by the Mondo Lounge Youth Committee, are also offered each term as part of the Mondo Lounge program.

Read or download a copy of the Mondo Lounge activity program for Term 1, 2017.

To find out more about The Mondo Lounge contact Jodie on 54711 743 or email: j.hearn@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Mondo Lounge is supported by the Victorian State Government Engage! Program 2015-2017

Underage and all ages gigs in and around Melbourne

Victorian State Government
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