YOUTH WEEK IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS – IT STARTS WITH US
Blue Mountains City Council is pleased to be joining with local schools and community organisations to support Youth Week 2016, taking place during April.
Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “Youth Week provides an opportunity to celebrate and encourage our young people’s contribution and approach to life. I look forward to Youth Week in the Blue Mountains.”
Upcoming Youth Week events include the free-of-charge Goodomabah Aboriginal Film Festival from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 April, screening in various venues in Katoomba. Everyone in the community is invited and audiences can expect short and feature films boasting a diverse range of compelling and entertaining stories. In addition, a Youth Week Mini Fete & Graffiti workshop developed by the Mountains Youth Services Team (MYST) will take place Thursday 14 & Friday 15 April.
Youth Week events began on Saturday 2 April with a Youth Week Creative Showcase. Young people from schools across the lower Blue Mountains treated the community to an eclectic series of artistic performances.
The event is unique in that that the young people themselves were responsible for all facets of the show’s production. Nikki Tunica, Principal of Blaxland High School said, “We are stepping away from this one. Youth Week is about showcasing the talent, abilities and enthusiasm of young people and they really are in charge of this event.”
Along with music, dance and comedy, the program includes an inspiring question and answer session with special guest Coen Ashton, a young cystic fibrosis survivor who, at the age of 13, became the youngest person to jet-ski the 2,000 kilometre length of the Murray River, and did so while requiring a double lung transplant. He signed 100 new names to the Organ Donor Register along the way.
The Creative Showcase is a partnership project between Blue Mountains City Council, Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, Blue Mountains City Church, Mountains Youth Services Team (MYST) and Blaxland High School.
To stay updated with Blue Mountains Youth Week events, like the Blue Mountains Youth Council’s Facebook page on www.facebook.com/bluemountainsyouthcouncil/