National Youth Week lifts off!
National Youth Week (NYW) celebrates young people’s contributions to Australia and runs from 31 March to 9 April. It’s the single largest celebration of young people on the Australian youth calendar.
The theme for 2017 is 'Eco-futures'—addressing neo-futurism, technology and new creative expression as well as nature, grassroots aesthetics and caring for our environment.
Gabby Loo talks about ‘Belonging’, a NYW project
Gabby Loo’s ethnic background is Shan (Myanmar) and Chinese, and she’s an active comics artist studying fine arts at UWA.
“National Youth Week is always an enlightening experience that provides a diverse range of events catered to young people”, Gabby says.
“As a young person myself, I believe that in these modern times we need engaging, hands-on activities that will join us together and feed our passion for learning. In celebration of NYW, Kickstart Festival 2017 provides just that.
“Kickstart Festival 2017 has granted me the amazing opportunity to be a first-time curator and art tutor, facilitating the artistic expressions of CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) youth participating in Belonging.
“Belonging is a community exhibition for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. It allows them to explore ideas of identity and culture, and to share their stories. I’ve developed a series of creative story-collecting workshops that encourage young people to add their voices to ongoing dialogue about the nature of belonging.
“I’m thankful for the mentoring and sponsorship I’ve received as Belonging is certainly a project I could not have created alone. I’m excited to see what personal histories our young participants have to offer. After the festival I would love to continue the Belonging project in rural Western Australian communities and cultivate the artistic expression of their CALD youth.”
See work from the project in an exhibition at the Showcase Gallery, North Metropolitan TAFE, 12 Aberdeen Street (corner of Beaufort Street) from Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 April.
Belonging is part of the Kickstart Festival 2017, a celebration of National Youth Week WA, supported by the Department of Local Government and Communities, the Office of Multicultural Interests, and Propel Youth Arts WA.