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Youth Week: Kickstart Festival

Jacob Vantuil, Reporter

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For the eighth consecutive year, WA organisation Propel Youth Arts has stepped up and planned one of the biggest FREE Youth Week celebrations on offer.

The Kickstart festival founded by Propel Youth Arts will run from April 13 to 22, at the Perth Cultural Centre and surrounding streets. It will showcase an extensive range of free workshops, forums, performances, programs and special events.

Youth Week (formally National Youth Week) is an annual celebration of the positive contributions of young people to Western Australia.

The WA Government support for Youth Week took the form of 58 grants from the Department of Communities totaling around $81,000 that will enable young people in WA aged 12 and 25 to take part in activities organised by local governments and community sector organisations.

And in light of this Propel Youth Arts, The YMCA HQ and the Department of Communities’ have invited people aged between 12 and 26 years to come wonder the streets in the cultural heart of Perth (Northbridge).

This year the Kickstart festival has been broken up into several segments which involve two festival days (the opening and closing days) and eight days for workshops, performances, informational talks, exhibitions and special events.

We have broken up the Kickstart festival’s weekly planner and highlighted days and events which patrons thinking of going may consider checking out.

Festival Opening – Saturday April 14

Live music at the James Street Amphitheatre

There are 12 acts in the line-up including:

• Noon – Welcome Address
• 1:55pm – Ru
• 3:10pm – Jack Davies
• 5:50pm – Carla Geneve
• 7:45pm – Raksha
• 9:35pm – Darling

YMCA’s workshops at the Urban Orchard

17 acts in all, here are a few highlights:

• 12.00pm – DJ D’Coconut Funksta
• 2.45pm -Breakdancing with Idris Bourne
• 4.15pm – Open DJ Demo
• 7.15pm – Barefoot Boogie (open dance floor on the grass)

There’s lots of others workshops through the week, including

Gelo DIY Comedy crash course, at the Blue Room Theatre on April 15 and 18.

Headspace – Letting go of thinking, at the Blue Room Theatre on April 16.

WOMPP (music production) Open Workshop at the Urban Orchard on April 17 and 19.

Drawing Bots at the Midwest room, State Library of WA on April 20.

Festival Closing, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

Saturday April 21

• 5:00pm Feels
• 6:00pm Yung Squid
• 7:00pm Hi. Ok, Sorry.
• 8:00pm Bella Ndayikeze
• 9:00pm Breaking waves
• 10:00pm WYN

There are many more events throughout the week, we recommended checking out the Kickstart Festival event plan here for more information on times and locations.

If you’re interested in anything on to offer or just want to check out last year’s festival 2017 have a gander here or at Kickstartart’s Facebook page.

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Jacob Vantuil, Reporter
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Youth Week: Kickstart Festival