Month-Long Festival To Celebrate Young Victorians

15 February 2024

The skills and achievements of Victoria’s young people will be on show right across the state later this year at a month-long festival supported by the Allan Labor Government.

Minister for Youth Natalie Suleyman today announced an investment of $220,000 to deliver up to 110 events across the state for and by young Victorians.

Grants of $2,000 are available for youth organisations, local government and schools to partner with Victorians aged 12 to 25 to create a wide variety of events for young people in their communities.

Youth Fest kicks off in September and this investment will support young people to organise and deliver events, showcase their skills, share ideas, build social connections, and expand their networks.

In 2023, the Youth Fest program delivered 111 activities focused on art, music, sport and theatre, as well as recreational and community festivals, giving young Victorians the chance to have their voices heard.

Previous grant recipients include the Victorian Afghan Students Association for an Afghanistan's Got Talent event that included an art exhibition, short story competition and singing contest.

In regional Victoria, Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network hosted the Kyabram Youth Expo, which included an art exhibition and music performances, along with stalls providing information on local health, welfare, sports organisations, and youth services.

Applications are open until 15 March. To apply and find out more visit Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Natalie Suleyman

“We’re proud to support this wonderful program. Youth Fest is so important for sharing the voices of young people and celebrating everything they contribute to Victoria.”

“Youth Fest gives young people from across our state the opportunity to come together, build social connections and lead positive change.”

Reviewed 15 February 2024

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