National Youth Week 2015!

National Youth Week 2015!
7 April 2015    Phil Cookson    0 comments
With National Youth Week almost upon us for another year, set to involve over 750 events, 151 councils and close to 85,000 young people - here at the Skillsroad office we thought we’d shed some light on our picks for the top events (that are either free, or close to it!) across Sydney, two wild cards from regional NSW and a couple from around the Country!


It all kicks off at the MCA this Friday Night with a symposium Hosted by hilarious sisters Hannah and Eliza Reilly (from Girls Gone Mild on FBi 94.5), five extraordinary young people (including NSW Young Australian of the Year Genevieve Clay-Smith, Activist Chris Wright, Visual Artist Jackson Stacy, Three Farm founder Mel Fuller and Fighting Chance Australia’s Jordan O’Reilly) share their incredible journeys with us, Free to attend and sure entertain, challenge and inspire you, all topped off with free snacks, live music and awesome art-making activities in the beautiful Creative Studios overlooking Sydney Harbour. While tickets for the symposium have now all been reserved, the MCA will be live streaming all the action throughout the museums creative studios!



Symposiums and speakers not your thing? Not to worry, the 17th Annual Fernside Skate Comp is also happening on Friday down at the Waterloo Skate Park (Cnr McEvoy and Elizabeth Streets, Waterloo). Whether you want to strut your stuff (there’s divisions for Juniors (6-11yrs), Teens (12-17yrs), Girls (all ages) and Opens (18+)) and compete for some rad prizes, or maybe just come along and enjoy some jaw dropping, edge of your seat skating action – we’re sure this is going to be one amazing Friday afternoon! Check out the Weave website for more info.



Need to keep turning it up? Saturday sees an all ages live hip hop event hit Good God Small Club in the city featuring Bam Bam, Joelistics, Sleepwalkers, Coda Conduct and heaps more!

Starting at Midday, entry is via gold coin donation (because we know how hard budgeting is when there’s so many awesome events on!) and you can expect to get stuck into some live cyphers, dance battles and loads of giveaways!





If Hip Hop’s not your thing, shout outs to Manly Youth Council who are putting on an all ages festival down on the Corso! Expect to see bands like Glass Ocean, Lupa J & MAra, Ziggy McNeill, 316, The Alpha Experiment, Space Monk, Whippet, Lambrou Bros., Taelor-Jane, Ella Clair, Beacon.along with heaps of skate demo’s (think rollerskate, skateboard, quadskate and inline skating!) and a heap of stalls and workshops to get stuck into! Totally free to join in, be sure to hit up their event on Facebook to stay up to date!


Ever heard of GeoCaching? Think of it as treasure hunting for the 21st century, and the City of Sydney is putting on a free introductory workshop in Sydney Park on Sunday the 12th where you’ll get to work with experienced geocachers to scout out all the treasures to be found! RSVP’s are essential, so be sure to click here to claim one of the last few tickets.


Finally Friday rolls around again and we’re set for another huge weekend of Youth Week fun! Kicking it all off is Burwood Councils #GetConnected Youth Fest from 3-7pm at Burwood Park. With rock climbing, bouncy boxing, Zorbing, a mechanical surfboard, temporary tattoos and a free sausage sizzle, we’re pretty sure this is the ultimate way to start the weekend!



Wondering where to head after #GetConnected? Luckily Leichardt Council is putting on an awesome outdoor cinema that same evening at Pioneers Memorial Park, screening 10 Things I Hate About You then The Avengers! It’s totally free, and there’s no need to RSVP so just rock up at 6pm for 10 Things I Hate About You (or 8pm for The Avengers) and enjoy!


Follow this up with an amazing sports day down in the rocks at the King George V Recreation Centre where you can compete in Soccer and Basketball competitions while meeting the Sydney Kings Basketball team players, followed up by a free lunch and DJ workshop! While this is a totally free event, you will need to register for it before Thursday the 16th by emailing



Rounding out Youth Week, WAYS is hosting BONDI BLITZ on the hill at South Bondi! Featuring Forever Ends Here, Storm the Sky, a bunch of other bands, and all your favourite food stalls, we can’t think of a better way the end the weekend than relaxing on the hill! Totally free to attend, keep up to date at the Bondi Blitz Facebook page.



Our two wild cards are great if you’re not based in Sydney, or are looking for a road trip with the family! We start out at The Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park in Singleton who are offering the unique opportunity to have a day personally assisting the Rangers as they do their daily activities- feeding, encounters and cleaning of the cages of the animals. The opportunity will also provide wildlife encounters, see the Aboriginal sites, Aboriginal tools, shelters, bush tuckers, bush medicines and develop bush skills! Setting you back 38 bones (and the drive!), we think this is definitely a once in lifetime opportunity not to be missed! Get in touch with the Singleton Youth Venue by calling 02 6571 4687 to book your place.


As our final NSW event, this has most exciting Saturday out we’ve heard of in a long time! Cowra (about 4 hours drive from Sydney) is hosting a giant (yep, we mean giant!) 1000ft slip and slide on Sunday the 18th. With three sessions on during the day, there’s plenty of time to head down there and be back in Sydney for dinner, all for just $35 for 90 minutes unlimited sliding! Tickets can be booked here or on the day.


Our pick of the Melbourne events is in the ever trendy Fitzroy, with Yarra Youth Services putting on the SPECTACLE event on Saturday the 18th at Atherton Gardens Housing Estate on Napier Street. This free all-ages festival includes a stack of live music and hip hop performances, DJs, spoken word poetry and an explosive combination of breakdancing and painting on canvas! Join in the creative capers or just come along and enjoy the show! The day will also help fundraising efforts for Yarra’s Wild Beasts Basketball team to participate in this year’s South Sudanese Australian Basketball Competition – so head on down and support a good cause while enjoying a great day out!



Meanwhile in (R)Adelaide, we couldn’t go past their National Youth Week Launch event on Friday the 10th down at the Parks Recreation and Sports Centre in Angle Park. With everything from dancing, skating and bush cooking workshops to art exhibitions, a roller derby and live music, this launch party is set to start your weekend (and Youth Week festivities) off with a bang!


Up in Townsville, McDonalds is partnering with the Townsville City Council to throw the Ultimate Beach Party at Strand Park Beach! Featuring beach bowling, giant jenga, the most creative sandcastle competitions, tiki beach huts and ultimate Frisbee all while watching local bands and performers tear up the stage! Not to mention the chance to win Groovin the Moo Tickets, ferry tickets to Magnetic Island and loads of cool beach merchandise! Be sure to register in your local McDonalds store – then head down on Friday the 17th (from 2pm) to get amongst it!

Did we miss a Youth Week event you think deserves to be here? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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