Young people throughout the MidCoast local government area (LGA) will enjoy an exciting line-up of activities to celebrate Youth Week.
This year’s event begins next Friday, April 13 with an inspiring photography exhibition at the Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, showcasing work produced by local, young people aged 12 – 24 years.
Celebrated in every state and territory across the country, National Youth Week is dedicated to recognising the important contribution young people make to their communities.
Under this year’s theme, Unity through Diversity, local events will be hosted across the MidCoast LGA, focused on promoting the strength that comes from the uniqueness of our people.
“Content for the exhibition has been collated through a call for submissions held last month, asking for photos that captured the Unity through Diversity theme, MidCoast Council community strengthening officer, youth Russell Ingram said.
“What we’ve received will make for an outstanding display that showcases the creativity and talent of our young people”.
The Youth Week Photo Exhibition, sponsored by the Manning Regional Art Gallery and will be on display during normal gallery hours throughout Youth Week until Sunday, April 22. Admission is free.
Also kicking off Youth Week is the next instalment of the popular Live n Loud concert series, this time rocking the back deck of the Manning Regional Art Gallery, April 13 from 6pm.
Providing a stage for some of the best young performers in the region, Live n Loud promises to be a great night of entertainment and a fun way to celebrate the end of the school term.
Entry is via gold coin donation, with “best-dressed” prizes on offer for those who take advantage of the Friday the 13th theme.
Now in its 12th year, Live n Loud is funded by Indent, part of Music NSW and is a fully supervised, drug and alcohol free event.
On Saturday, April 14 the action moves to Tuncurry Skate Park with the popular King of the Krater skate comp, hosted by Homebase and YMCA.
Whether you’re a skater or spectator, come along from 11am to check out the thrills and spills across categories that include scooter, BMX and skate.
Bus transfers to and from the skate park will be available from the Smiths Lake, Green Point, Wingham, Taree and Old Bar skate parks.
Find the event on the Skate Park Leagues Facebook page for full details.
The fun continues throughout the week, with a series of activities hosted by YMCA at both the Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre and the Great Lakes Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
Activities ranging from soccer to basketball, a sausage sizzle, pool fun and Teen Gym will be available from Monday, April 16
Visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/NYW18 for full details of what’s on, and when, at each centre.
“The timing for Youth Week coincides with the school holidays, and we’re encouraging students to not only get involved in the events we’re hosting, but to continue their own Youth Week celebrations by getting together to share ideas, discuss issues or concerns, and develop a support network for each other,” Russell said.
National Youth Week runs from April 13-22 April 2018.
Formore information about local activities, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/NYW18 orwww.facebook.com/ManningYouth
For more information about state-wide Youth Week events, visit www.youthweek.nsw.gov.au
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