Youth festival on ‘belonging’

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on August 18, 2019

A YOUTH health-themed performing arts event is coming to Albany next month and people are encouraged to come along and support local students who, if they perform well, will get a crack at the grand final in October.

The annual Act-Be-long-Commit Youth on Health (YOH) Fest Albany Heats will take place at the Albany Entertainment Centre on September 13 between students from Mt Barker Community College, Bethel Christian School, Great Southern Grammar, Mt Lockyer Primary and St Joseph’s College.

The theme for this year is ‘belonging’ and students will address this theme through dance, drama, art, film and music.

YOH Fest coordinator Karen Lyons said it was important regional students had the opportunity to participate in the competition.

YOH Fest Heats will this year take place in Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Karratha, Bunbury, Albany, Mandurah, Subiaco and Broome, before the Mandurah grand finale.

“Remote, rural and Indigenous communities are at a disadvantage in society through reduced exposure to most educational and health-oriented programs,” Ms Lyons said.

“Because of this, they are at significantly high health risk than their urban counterparts.

“YOH Fest recognises this and has focused their efforts, helping to cater for some of their needs because we believe that participation in arts programs can be a key driver in development stronger, healthier communities.”

Tickets to the Albany heats performance on September 13 cost $14 and can be purchased online and in-person via the Albany Entertainment Centre.