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Youth Week kicks off in the Highlands

28 March, 2013Posted in: Community, Events
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The young people of the Southern Highlands are gearing up for this year’s Youth Week, with the celebrations set to kick off on Friday, 5 April with Plugged in the Plaza.

The live music event will start at 5.30pm in Corbett Plaza and is the first of a number of youth-oriented events which will run throughout the week and have been created in collaboration with local high school students and youth organisations.

Youth Week’s theme for this year is ‘Be active. Be happy. Be you.’ and Council’s Youth Liaison Facilitator Michelle Williams explained that the week is an important one for the Shire’s young residents.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for teenagers and young adults in the Southern Highlands to have fun and let their hair down in a drug and alcohol free environment,” she said.

“There’s often the perception that there’s nothing for young people to do in the Highlands, but Youth Week is a great way to get involved with Council and local youth organisations, to meet other young people with similar interests, and to find out how you can get involved with other events we run throughout the year.”

A skate, BMX and scooter competition will continue the celebrations on Saturday, 6 April at the Moss Vale Skate Park from 11am, and the Performing Arts Showcase on Sunday, 7 April at the Mittagong RSL will feature works from some of the Shire’s most creative young people from 3pm.

Wednesday, 10 April will see some budding cartoonists take over Bowral Library with a free Manga workshop at 4pm, while movie buffs can catch a free screening of GI Joe at the Empire Cinema on Friday, 12 April starting at 4.45pm.

Council has been working closely with entertainment students from Bowral High School to create this year’s final event, with the Audio Overload music competition to be held on Saturday 13 April set to wrap up the week with a bang.

“The students and staff of Bowral High School are to be commended for their efforts in helping put this fabulous initiative together,” Michelle said. “It will be a great opportunity for our Shire’s talented young musicians and music lovers to enjoy a fantastic event.”

The concert will kick off at 6.30pm at the Bowral Memorial Hall and one lucky musician or band will take home a three day recording contract to help jump start their musical career. Tickets are $5 and are available from Michelle at Council’s Civic Centre in Moss Vale or from Bowral Library.

For more information on Plugged in the Plaza or Audio Overload, contact Michelle Williams on 4868 0859 or michelle.williams@wsc.nsw.gov.au.

To book a place in the Manga workshop head to www.bowralmanga.eventbrite.com.au and use the online booking system.

For more information on the skate, BMX and scooter competition, the performing arts showcase or to register for tickets to the free movie night, contact Highlands Community Centre on 4862 1122.