The KickstART Festival – the largest celebration of National Youth Week in Western Australia – offers young people aged 12–25 an extensive range of free workshops, forums, performances, programs, special events and brand new initiatives for 2017. Presented by Propel Youth Arts WA in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities, KickstART is driven by young people with big ideas, and once again rolls into the cultural heart of Perth from Friday 31 March until Sunday 23 April.
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What do 'Eco-Futures' look like?
'Eco-Futures’ is the theme for National Youth Week WA 2017 and this year’s KickstART Festival.
It is a new term that came out of conversations with this year’s National Youth Week Planning Committee, who wanted a theme that addressed neo-futurism, technology, and new creative expression, while others in the group were concerned about nature, grassroots aesthetics, and caring for our environment. The theme expresses this meeting point between our individual desires and our concern for others.
‘Eco’ refers to:
‘Ecology’ – the branch of biology dealing with the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment, including other organisms.
‘Futures’ comes from:
‘Neo-Futurism’ – a 21st Century movement in art, design and architecture, characterised by an idealistic belief in a better future, and the need to rebuild better environments.
Eco-Futures is the belief in a future that is more caring and more sustainable for all of us. As a young person, you do have your part to play within your ecologies, and we all deserve our chance to thrive.
WHAT'S NEW IN 2017?
The KickstART Festival is a platform that encourages young people to explore their potential and nurtures curiosity into positive collaboration and experimentation within an open environment that embraces connection, exchange, and discovery.
For 2017, Propel has consulted with the National Youth Week Planning Committee to craft a program that proudly embraces KickstART’s history. We’ve continued our popular series of creative workshops and youth discussion forums, plus an array of market stalls and performances at KickstART Festival Day and introduced new initiatives, such as:
The Literary Youth Festival (LYF)
A sub-festival led by passionate young WA literary creators, to facilitate new streams of access to current industry leaders and organisations.
Glasshouse @ BiblioTECH
Pilot model for an accessible and dynamic co-working artist space, run in conjunction with our partners at the State Library of Western Australia.
Partnership with headspace providing a mental health relay and referral services for young people, along with practical advice via workshops and forums.
BIO + STEAM =
An exciting arts-science hybrid workshop series hosted at the Scitech CSIRO Lab, to engage enquiring young minds across both fields.
KICKSTART FESTIVAL DAY
Mark Saturday 8 April 2017 on your calendars now: KickstART Festival Day is the pinnacle of the KickstART calendar!
Enjoy the energy and excitement as you explore over sixty stalls showcasing emerging artists, designers, community groups, arts organisations, youth service providers and delicious food trucks at the KickstART Markets. Plus there will be plenty of other free activities to discover throughout the day, including: a program of live music performances, creative sustainable workshops, interactive installations, exhibitions, plus an array of special events for all to enjoy. Read more.
KickstART Workshops are subsidised by our incredible partners and sponsors, so Propel is able to bring them to you free of charge.
This year, Propel has partnered with: Scitech’s CSIRO Lab, to offer a range of creative science-based workshops; headspace, to provide practical mental health workshops and forums; plus the full range of Literary Youth Festival (LYF) activities on offer. Please register online and ensure you arrive 10 minutes prior to any workshop you sign up for. Workshops are for ages 12 – 26 unless otherwise noted. Read more.
The popular KickstART Forum series has been revamped in 2017, to spark bigger discussions on a broader range of topics than ever before.
From mental health and wellbeing; to creative industry networking events; to a state-wide forum hosted in a ferris wheel; to discussion about religion’s role in environmental sustainability; to a day-long program of talks from inspirational young change-makers – the 2017 KickstART Forums have been devised by the National Youth Week Planning Committee with you in mind! Inquire, connect, share, learn and have your say about topics relevant to you! KickstART Forum registrations are limited so book your place in advance, unless otherwise specified. Read more.
Feast your eyes on our expanded program of KickstART Exhibitions for 2017!
Including favourites such as The Sketchbook Project and KickstARTISTS – along with works from independent art collectives, urban art workshop participants, and an interactive exhibition where you can tell your own story. Read more.
KICKSTART SPECIAL EVENTS
Check out these exciting free KickstART Special Events and initiatives, run in partnership with local artists, organisations and service providers.
Movie screenings, walking tours, radio shows, art installations, photography projects, live performances, and heaps more! Come along and participate in these special one-off events during the KickstART Festival! Read more.
About National Youth Week WA
National Youth Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of young people aged 12 to 25 years, which in 2017 will run from 31 March to 9 April. This year's National Youth Week WA Ambassador is Darci Miller. As a volunteer, Darci will play an important part in guiding and promoting the week of events and chairing the National Youth Week Planning Committee. The theme for 2017 is 'eco-futures'. More than 100 events are set to take place throughout the State, many of which have received a NYW grant provided by DLGC and the Australian Government's Department of Education and Training. National Youth Week in Western Australia is presented by Propel Youth Arts in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities.
2017 KickstART FESTIVAL PARTNERS
The KickstART Festival would not be possible without the generous support Propel receives from the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government and Communities and the Department of Culture and the Arts.
KickstART is also proudly supported by Lotterywest, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Scitech, headspace, the City of Perth, the Centre for Stories, the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, City of Perth Library, the Office of Multicultural Interests, the State Library of Western Australia, and HyperFest.
Propel Youth Arts WA presents the 2017 KickstART Festival as part of National Youth Week WA 2017, in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities. All enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 08 9328 5855.
PREVIOUS KICKSTART FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
2016 KICKSTART FESTIVAL
Presented by Propel Youth Arts WA in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities, the KickstART Festival celebrates National Youth Week by delivering an enriching program throughout the Perth Cultural Centre and surrounds, from April 9 - 24, developed for young people by young people. National Youth Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of young people aged 12 to 25 years. More than 100 events - including the KickstART Festival - took place in WA during National Youth Week in 2016. The KickstART Festival would not be possible without the generous support from the Department of Local Government and Communities, Department of Culture and the Arts, Lotterywest, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, City of Perth, Cathedral Square, the Central Institute of Technology, and Hyperfest.
Video credit: Sarah Nelson
2015 KICKSTART FESTIVAL
The 2015 KickstART Festival was a huge series of youth arts happenings that took over the cultural heart of the city during April, and has become a yearly highlight of the National Youth Week festivities in Western Australia.
Presented by Propel Youth Arts WA in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities, the KickstART Festival delivered an enriching program of arts workshops, discussion forums, performances, live music, special events and activities, throughout the Perth Cultural Centre and surrounds, from April 7 – 27 in 2015.
This year's KickstART Festival would not have been possible without the generous assistance of the Department of Local Government and Communities, Department of Culture and the Arts, Lotterywest, City of Perth, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Perth Airport and HyperFest.
Video credit: Jeremy Tan from Cannonhill Creative
Image credits: Jessica Wyld, Rebecca Mansell and Claire Turner
2014 KICKSTART FESTIVAL
Video credit: Vaughn Hunt from Pistol Shrimp
Image credits: Rebecca Mansell, Rhianna Nelson and Jessica Wyld
2013 KickstART Festival
Video credit: Jeremy Tan & Cannonhill Creative
Image credits: Jarrad Seng