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KickstART Festival 2015

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The fifth annual KickstART Festival is back with a great mix of celebration and inspiration for Perth's young people. With a smorgasbord of events taking place from 7 - 27 April the Perth Cultural Centre will be buzzing with creative energy.

Kickstart Festival 2015

KickstART is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing opportunities for young people to engage in the Arts.

The festival features a mix of free workshops and forums plus a very popular market day. The workshops offer a chance to learn new skills and the discussion forums provide an opportunity for young people to be heard on matters of importance to them. This year for the first time the forums will be streamed live online, allowing participation from youth in regional areas.

Check out the program and start planning now.

Workshops & Forums

All the KicksART workshops have a creative focus and all are free. They're aimed at teens and young adults with a recommended age range from 12 - 26. Workshops run for about two hours and registration is required. Here's a sample:

Creative Stationery
Cartoon Basics
Fix It: Bike Maintenance
Shake Your Cans Urban Art
Stamp It Up
Circus Skills 101
Story Making
Creative Crochet

Important note: a non-attendance fee will be charged if you fail to attend a registered workshop without notifying Propel Youth Arts WA 24 hours prior to its commencement.

Kisckstart Youth Festival

The KickstART Forums offer a chance for young people to discuss topics of importance to themselves and the wider community. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and debate key issues. The forums cover a range of topics from mental health to government to entrepreneurship:

Your State, Your Say
Matters of the Mind
Getting Published
Identity Politics

Note: Forums are free but registration is required to attend in person or to participate in the online webinar.

Market Day

The KicksART Market Day takes place on 11 April at the Perth Cultural Centre. Featuring more than 60 stalls, music dance and a few surprises, it's a popular day out for all ages.

The market stalls showcase emerging designers and local talent plus youth and community organisations. Here are a few of the stallholders expected on the day:

Baked 180 cupcakes
Patches Handmade
Decorate You jewellery
Recycled Rainbow
Lions and Unicorns clothing

Kickstart Festival 2015

As well as the Market, there will be live music on the Swamp Stage and giant board games. Other performers include KInetica Circus, Exzempt Dance Crew, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and many more.
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Why? You're only young once
When: 7 - 30 April, Market Day 11 April
Where: various venues in Perth & Northbridge
Cost: Free but registration may be required
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