Create NSW and Office for Regional Youth Holiday Break Program

APRA AMCOS, Plug and Play at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, 2019. Photo: Jack of Hearts Photography.

The Holiday Break Program aims to deliver a rotating school holiday program of cultural events for young people (12–24 years old) across regional NSW, with a focus on those affected by drought, bushfires, floods and COVID-19.

It provides the opportunity for them to enjoy a range of arts, screen and culture activities that are free, responsive, and local, so their creativity, imagination and self-confidence is enhanced.

Activity dates are:

  • Spring School Holidays (26 September–7 October 2022)
  • Summer School Holidays (21 December 2022–26 January 2023)
  • Autumn School holidays (7 April–23 April 2023)

Spring Holiday Break Activities

MUSIC AND SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS

APRA AMCOS SongMakers Sessions
The APRA AMCOS SongMakers Holiday Sessions program is a travelling song writing mentoring scheme, targeted at budding songwriters and music producers in regional NSW. Young people will write songs, record, and learn about music industry careers from some of Australia’s most exciting hitmakers over two days.

Dates and locations:

  • 26 – 27 September 2022, Bathurst
  • 27 – 28 September 2022, Leeton
  • 28 – 29 September 2022, Orange
  • 28 – 29 September 2022, Broken Hill
  • 4 – 5 October 2022, Bega

For more information, click here.

 

WRITERS ON THE ROAD WORKSHOPS

WestWords
Over the school holidays from Winter 2022 to Summer 2023 we are providing young and emerging writers (12–24 years old) in Orange and Broken Hill with creative writing workshops. Further to theses series of workshops we are providing in term opportunities for these young writer’s access to our wider activities through our online Creative Kids eligible after-school writing classes, writing groups and online resources. Publications and podcasts will be developed out of the programs to showcase and share their work.

Dates and locations:

  • 26 – 28 September 2022, Broken Hill
  • 4 – 6 October 2022, Orange

For more information, click here.

Comics Crunch
Comics Crunch is a free three-day workshop for comics artists and writers aged 12-17. Over three days we will learn about comics and make our own (using the finest art materials from Mudgee Art House), which we will then print and launch at Mudgee Arts Precinct!

Dates and locations:

  • 27 – 29 September 2022, Mudgee

For more information, click here.

Write On! Shoalhaven School Holiday Writing Program
The South Coast Writers Centre presents a program of author talks, writing workshops, and hands-on creative activities for Shoalhaven teens (ages 12-18) this Spring school holidays by award-winning and internationally published authors at Ulladulla and Nowra Library, and Shoalhaven Regional Gallery. All the events are free.

Dates and locations:

  • 28 – 29 September 2022, Ulladulla and Nowra
  • 4 – 5 October 2022, Shoalhaven, Ulladulla and Nowra

For more information, click here.

Dubbo Storytelling Workshops
All young women aged 18 – 25 in the Dubbo region are welcome to come along! In particular we welcome women from First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse communities, women living with disability and LGBTQI+ communities.

Learn how to craft your story in a safe and creative environment. Gain confidence and learn about storytelling. Join a story circle to begin and get to know other creatives. Have fun with word games and story play. Listen and share stories with others. Hear your story read by an actor and work with them on it. Share your story on a podcast.

Dates and locations:

  • 29 September – 2 October 2022

For more information, click here.

 

PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS

Generate Dance Workshop
Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub will deliver a series of week-long contemporary dance and choreographic programs to young people (14-24) from across the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie regions, engaging national acclaimed choreographers to teach, and create new collaborative choreographic performance works. The program is focused on inclusivity, collaboration and creativity.

Dates and locations:

  • 4 – 8 October 2022, Booragul, Wyong and Kariong

For more information on Booragul workshops, click here.

For more information on Wyong workshops, click here.

For more information on Kariong workshops, click here.

Gravity Aerial Dance
Presented by Outback Arts and Signal Creative, Gravity is a free workshop for 12 – 17-year-olds, combining elements of contemporary dance and aerial apparatus (Hoop and Silks). This workshop is designed for beginners and the content will be adjusted to suit each individual’s abilities. Participants learn elements of contemporary dance and a combination of tricks on the aerial apparatus. Everyone is then invited to contribute ideas and put it all together as a short routine by the end of the workshop.

Dates and locations:

  • 27 September 2022, Warren
  • 28 September 2022, Nyngan
  • 30 September 2022, Cobar
  • 1 October 2022, Bourke
  • 4 October 2022, Brewarrina
  • 6 October 2022, Walgett
  • 7 October 2022, Coonamble

For more information, click here.

Dubbo Ballet Studio Spring Workshop
Dance students 12 – 18 years old across the Central West NSW are invited to join us in this free workshop during the Spring School Holidays. This workshop offers access to guest professionals in the performing arts industry across a number of dance genres, including David McAllister and Vicki Attard.

Dates and locations:

  • 3 October – 7 October 2022, Dubbo

For more information, click here.

Spring In Your Step | Bom Funk Dance
Put a ‘Spring in your step’ these Spring school holidays and gather at Bom Funk’s Queanbeyan HQ for a week of dance workshops culminating in an in-house dance performance. The program is designed to allow regional NSW students access to professional dance tutors and cultivate their passion for dance and the production process. Students aged 12 – 24 years living in regional NSW with some dance knowledge/experience and a passion for dance are invited to join for free.

Dates and locations:

  • 26 – 30 September 2022, Queanbeyan

For more information, click here.

Brent Street Dance Workshops
Get ready for four massive days of classes and workshops, before we hop on stage for a final performance for your families and friends. This workshop is a place where we encourage young artists, to grow, learn, discover and create freely, exploring and expressing themselves in a safe environment. We encourage you to dive right in to all that this free workshop has to offer and get the absolute most out of it.

Dates and locations:

26 – 30 September 2022, Albury

For more information, click here.

Outback Theatre for Young People and Shopfront Arts Co-Op present Dance & Film Holiday Workshops
Join us for five days of fun in Berrigan with two artists from Shopfront Arts Co-Op who will help us develop skills in movement, choreography and performance, as well as film making and visual storytelling. These Spring school holiday workshops are for children aged 10 to 14 years; places are limited.

Dates and locations:

  • 4 – 8 October 2022, Berrigan

For more information, click here.

 

FILM FESTIVALS AND WORKSHOPS

Flickerfest and One Vision Youth Music and Filmmaking Workshop
One Vision Productions and Flickerfest are coming together to give voice to youth to express themselves in music and on the big screen. How did they feel? What did they learn? What do they want to say?

During the free 5 day program, participants will be guided through all stages of songwriting, rhyming, lyrics, video concept, storyboarding, choreography and performance toward the production of a group music video.

This week is also about sharing opinions, building bonds, learning about aboriginal culture, discussing the power of mind and how to use it!

Dates and locations:

  • 26 – 30 September 2022, Byron Bay

Workshop video and Flickerfest community screening:

  • 8 October 2022, Mullumbimby

For more information, click here.

SF3 – SmartFone Flick Fest
That great story you have always thought would make a great film? Now’s your chance to tell it! This free workshop will be delivered by SF3 (SmartFone Flickfest, Australia’s international film festival) in Lithgow. Learn smart device skills to turn you into a creativity powerhouse. SF3 provides training and a platform for budding and emerging young filmmakers to bring their ideas to life, and the potential to have their films seen by a global audience, without the need for lots of fancy equipment or a big budget.

Dates and locations:

  • 27 September 2022, Lithgow

For more information, click here.

Bloodfest
Bloodfest comes to Cooma! Natalie Richards and Curly Fernandez bring Genre film making skills to Cooma and its surrounding regions. Teaching young people the art foundational film making.

This one-day workshop will cover; building suspense, high stakes emotional acting, eerie lighting techniques, ideas generating, genre film objectives, sound techniques, camera angles, shot lists, and story boards.

All these techniques and skills are applicable to all screen content made by young people. Participants will need to bring a phone, your charger and a dose of danger.

Dates and locations:

  • 4 – 5 October 2022, Cooma

For more information, click here


FIRST NATIONS MARKING COUNTRY PROJECT

An intergenerational art and cultural program that responds to the ongoing need to strengthen deep cultural connections between Aboriginal young people and their Elders and cultural Knowledge Holders. The program is designed to invest in the strengthening of Aboriginal young people’s cultural identity. Workshops and public art activations will be led by First Nations mentors working with regional artists, Elders, and students.  It will respond to Aboriginal communities’ aspirations to keep culture strong through connections between community, Country and culture.

2022 Spring Holidays Programs include:

  • Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance | Marking Country Arts Project | Coffs Harbour (Gumbaynggirr), Bowraville (Gumbaynggirr) and Kempsey (Dunghutti)


Summer and Autumn 2023 Holiday Break Activities 

Dates and locations will be added shortly. 

Image: APRA AMCOS, Plug and Play at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, 2019. Photo: Jack of Hearts Photography.
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