Inner West Youth Week bonanza begins in Easter holidays

Wednesday 5 April 2023

Young people in the Inner West can enjoy Youth Week activities for an entire month!

The Youth Week theme of Connect, Participate, Celebrate will come alive from 11 April and offer something for everyone.

The flagship Youth Week event Youth Take Over the Park is on Thursday 20 April and will boast bubble soccer, wheelchair basketball, lawn games and Indigenous Games.

Throw in great tunes, demonstrations and workshops and it’s going to be a huge day at Darrel Jackson Gardens and Summer Hill Community Centre from 10am to 3pm.

Youth Take Over the Park will also offer a sensory space for those wanting to take some time out during the day.

Inner West libraries will be hosting a wide selection of workshops including song writing, music creation technology, photography lighting, sketching and drawing, theatre sports and much more.

Emerging Inner West sleuths are encouraged to join the CSI forensics science workshop on Friday 21 April.

To make sure the needs and interests of young people were reflected, Inner West piloted a Youth Working Group to be at the forefront of event design and planning.

The working group, made up of young people aged 12 to 18 years, have been meeting regularly to develop event ideas, participate in event management training and socialise with other young people.

Their input and inspiration in shaping the activities and workshops will be seen throughout the integrated and inclusive program of events.

The working group also played a key role in Council’s selection of young Inner West designer Oliver Whitehouse as the official designer for Youth Week.

Council was thrilled to offer Oliver a paid commission to deliver the creative artwork for Youth Week. Look out for Oliver’s amazing design on posters, t-shirts, postcards and across digital platforms.

Along with a host of events and workshops, Oliver’s artwork can be seen at FUTUREPROOF 4, a youth music festival organised and performed by young people over two massive days at two venues.

Day one will be held at Pratten Park Community and Bowling Club in Ashfield, on Friday 28 April, from 5pm to 10pm.

The best teen bands and young music talent will take to the stage at the Red Rattler in Marrickville on Sunday 30 April, from 4pm – 9pm.
For details go to: FutureProof

Council is also excited to be staging Glitter Ball – A Queer Prom at Petersham Town Hall on Friday 28 April, from 6pm to 9pm.

Glitter Ball is a partnership with Twenty10, Inner West Council and Inner West Council’s Youth Week Working Group.

Glitter Ball - for folks aged 12-21 – is a celebration for LGBTIQA+ youth and their allies, with live music, performances, queer DJs, food and more.

For all details go to: Glitter Ball - A Queer Prom

There are so many more events being held over Youth Week celebrations during April including the Festival of Culture, OzTag tournament, Eco Adventure for Tweens and Sky’s the Limit - a two-day holistic girl’s empowerment workshop.

For the full lowdown on Youth Week events go to: Youth Week 2023

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Page last updated: 14 Apr 2023