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Propel Youth Arts WA invites you to unearth your creativity and unleash your imagination at the KickstART Festival! Uncover your artistic potential at the one of the spectacular workshops, explore the hidden treasures and delights at the KickstART markets, let your imagination run wild and immerse yourself in magnificent performances and exhibitions throughout the festival.

Unearth your creativity and unleash your imagination at the KickstART Festival! Presented by Propel Youth Arts WA in celebration of National Youth Week, the KickstART Festival is a massive series of events designed to spark your creativity!

Grounded in the community and driven by those with big ideas, open minds and great imaginations, the KickstART Festival has something to captivate everyone’s imagination, serving up an assortment of free arts workshops, performances, discussion forums, live music, special events and activities.

The KickstART Festival would not be possible without the generous assistance of the Department of Local Government and Communities, Department of Culture and the Arts,  LotterywestMental Health CommissionPerth Theatre Trust, State Theatre Centre of WAMetropolitan Redevelopment Authority and HyperFest.




Weave your way through colourful stalls filled with original and handmade wares, see dance performances from local groups, visit our creative arts space for day long entertainment, get in touch with your creative side in a free workshops and don’t miss several of Western Australia’s most talented musicians as they grace the stage in Perth Cultural Centre. 



Sink your teeth into something creative! Each year we run a range of workshops run by local artists, with something for everyone aged 12-25. From crafts to photography and illustration these workshops are designed for people looking to try something new, explore their creativity and meet likeminded people.



What subjects are you passionate about? What needs discussing? What is important to you? The KickstART Forums offer a platform for intelligent, insightful conversation about health and wellbeing, career development and broader social issues, and are led by industry representatives. 




The Sketchbook Project is a platform for young people to show off their artistic skills by filling the pages of a blank sketchbook with original designs, writing, photos, illustrations, or anything else creative! In 2014, over 400 young people have participated, with sketchbooks being sent out to schools, groups and individuals across Western Australia. Once completed, participants sent their sketchbooks back to Propel Youth Arts WA, to be exhibited at the KickstART Festival. Read more.



The Cropped Short Film Project showcases films made by young and emerging creatives, offering them an opportunity for public exposure at the KickstART Festival. 

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KickstART Festival- Photo by Jarrad Seng

KickstART Festival- Photo by Jarrad Seng


Propel Youth Arts WA is coordinating the KickstART Festival. All enquiries can be directed to or 08 9328 5855.

For more information about National Youth Week events around Australia visit the Youth Week website.


The KickstART Festival 2013 was a massive success running throughout April and May. See the highlights below. A big thank you to Jeremy Tan for his wonderful work capturing and editing this video and to Jarrad Seng for his stunning photos.



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