Youth Week WA KickstART Festival

13 - 20 April 2019

Welcome to the 9th annual Youth Week WA KickstART Festival! We are delighted to offer over 40 free events across seven days for creative young people aged 12-26. This includes workshops, live performances, markets, exhibitions, installations, talks, mentorships, and even a prom to cap it all off!

KickstART is created in consultation with a Youth Week WA Planning Committee and in 2019 there are 30 incredibly dedicated young people sitting on that committee. Each year, Propel offers an emerging artist the opportunity to program the KickstART Festival in collaboration with the Youth Week WA Planning Committee as the Creative Coordinator and this year we have been working closely with Maddie Godfrey in this role.

The Youth Week WA KickstART Festival 2019 is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA, and is funded by the State Government of Western Australia. The KickstART Festival is also supported by Lotterywest, the City of Perth, and the Perth Theatre Trust.

All enquiries can be directed to hello@propel.org.au or 08 9328 5855.

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About Youth Week WA

Youth Week WA (formerly National Youth Week WA), is an annual statewide celebration of the positive contributions of young people to our community throughout Western Australia. 

More than 100 events take place across the State each year, many of which have received a Youth Week WA grant provided by the State Government of Western Australia through the Department of Communities.

The Youth Week WA 2019 theme is Nurture The Now.

Nurture The Now places significance on the present tense, and what we are currently conquering. The theme celebrates sustainable growth and encourages young people to validate their achievements and progress right now. By nurturing the now, we affirm the potential for young people to create a positive impact during their current stage of growth.

Find out more about the theme and access the Youth Week WA 2019 logos by clicking the button below. 

KickstART Program

The 2019 KickstART Festival program has a recurring focus on stories. As a local poet and writer, Maddie Godfrey believes that giving young people an opportunity to shape and share their narratives constitutes a form of nurture.

When we speak about young people, the role of nurturing is often placed with employers or guardians. In discussions with our Youth Week WA Planning Committee, our awesome interns and the young artists we are collaborating with – I have been constantly reminded of how self-sufficient young people truly are.

These individuals inspire inter-generational action. They are passionate about making positive change in the world, even when that ‘world’ starts in their local café or living room. Whether framed as boxing, visual arts, eco-education or musicality – these opportunities aim to amplify and affirm the narratives of young people.

I am excited and grateful to share this program of enthusiastic individuals, who are pursuing what they love, in so many different ways.


KickstART in previous years

Check out the history of the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival from its inception in 2011, by clicking the below links.