Youth celebrated across region

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on April 14, 2018

THE Great Southern will celebrate its young whippersnappers next weekend with three big festivals in Albany, Denmark and Katanning.

Albany’s YouthFest Music Festival will be held at the town square on April 21 and City of Albany Youth Development Officer Lesley Yates said visitors, restricted to ages 12 to 25, can expect a line-up of fantastic local talent and awesome music.

“We want young people to feel like Albany is somewhere they would like to continue to live, work, play and study and that they are valued for their diversity and talents,” she said.

“Youth services and agencies will engage with young people at key locations throughout the event through positive and fun activities.

“It is ultimately a celebration of young people.”

Ms Yates said the event was put together with the help of Albany’s Youth Advisory Council, and that there would be dancing, lawn games, face painting, an InstaBooth, Wi-Fi, phone charging ports and food vendors at the event, opening at 5pm and closing at 9pm.

Katanning’s Great Southern Youth Festival will also be on April 21, at the Katanning Leisure Centre.

From 2pm to 5pm, attendees – restricted to ages 11 to 25 – will be able to enjoy free entry, food stalls, live music, bubble soccer, a dunk tank, a rock climbing wall, sumo suits and sporting activities.

The 4Youth Denmark Fest will keep the party spirit going all weekend, scheduled for April 22 at McLean Oval.

From 11am to 4.30pm, there will be skateboarding clinics, demonstrations and a competition, a silent disco, art workshops, henna and glitter tattoos, Thai massage, bubble soccer, free Wi- Fi and food.

The Denmark event welcomes the whole family, particularly with the concert at 1.30pm featuring talent from Denmark and surrounds.

To find out more about the Great Southern’s youth festival events, check out the respective shire or city websites.