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Youth groups join forces to bring passionate young people together

A festival for young creatives is just one of seven events Lake Macquarie City Council is supporting this month as part of Youth Week 2021.

The Get It Together Youth Festival will coincide with the Youth Artisan Market on Saturday 24 April at Cameron Park’s Pasterfield Sports Complex to bring a first-of-its-kind youth event to the city.

Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser said Youth Week, from 16 to 24 April, was an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and showcase their talents.

“Youth Week is a fantastic way to celebrate the contribution young people make to our community,” she stated.

“The $1000 grants allocated to local Youth Week event organisers will support a variety of events, from self-awareness and music to creativity and fitness.”

Youth Week 2021’s theme is Together more than ever, an important reminder for youth navigating a post-pandemic world.

Edgeworth Memorial Neighbourhood Centre acting manager Richard De Martin said Youth Week was an opportunity to increase the community’s awareness of young people and the issues that were important to them.

“We want to give young people a place to use their creative voices, talk about their passions and have fun,” he added.

Other Youth Week events include a Youth Art Showcase at ARTea’s Gallery and Garden with Swansea Community Cottage on 21 April.

A songwriting competition with Community Activities Lake Macquarie is also on offer for young creatives passionate about music and poetry.

Entries close on 24 April, with four winners selected to participate in a full day songwriting workshop with Potbelleez lead singer Ilan Kidro.

To find a Youth Week event happening near you, visit lakemac.com.au.

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