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.

Create NSW and the Office for Regional Youth are partnering to respond to the gaps and opportunities for children and young people participating in arts, screen and culture in regional NSW.

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:

  • Autumn School Holidays (11April – 24 April 2022)
  • Winter School Holidays (4 July–15 July 2022)
  • 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)

Autumn Holiday Break Activities

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.

SongMakers Sessions Autumn locations:

  • 11 April – 12 April, Port Macquarie
  • 11 April – 12 April, Goulburn
  • 19 April – 20 April, Albury
  • 21 April – 22 April, Coffs Harbour
  • 21 April – 22 April, Wagga Wagga

For more information, click here.

WestWords Writers on the Road
Presented in partnership with Orange Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) and the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service, three writers with 16–24 participants between 12–18 years of age will undertake free creative writing workshops over three days in Orange in regional NSW during the first week of the April School Holidays.

Writers on the Road Autumn location: 11 April – 13 April, Marang Gunya, Orange

For more information and to register your interest in participating, click here.

Music In the Regions
Music in the Regions has been established to forge relationships across regional NSW, to facilitate transformative musical experiences across the state. This mini music camp (two to three days) will introduce young people to the benefits of making music and engage them with regional conservatoriums. It is an opportunity to elevate and amplify their love of music-making at a scale, which is often not achievable in regional centres.

Music In the Regions Autumn Locations:

  • Young Conservatorium of Music
  • Gunnedah Conservatorium.

For more information, click here.

Winter Break Holiday Break Activities – locations and dates coming soon

Performing Arts Camp
Performing arts residential camps and workshops will be presented by performing arts specialists across regional NSW. These will be offered in a variety of artforms including drama, dance, circus arts and physical theatre.

Locations will be added shortly. 

Writers on the Road
Writers and literature organisations will take to the road and run creative writing workshops over a range of literary genres in regional locations, partnering with writers’ centres and libraries to increase young people’s engagement with existing creative writing services.

Locations will be added shortly.

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.

Locations will be added shortly. 

Music In the Regions
This mini music camp (two to three days) presented by Music In the Regions, will introduce young people to the benefits of making music and engage them with regional conservatoriums. It is an opportunity to elevate and amplify their love of music-making at a scale, which is often not achievable in regional centres.

Winter Locations:

  • Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium
  • Northern Rivers Conservatorium
  • Hume Conservatorium

For more information, click here.

Film Festivals and Workshops
Selected short film festivals will tour across regional NSW, with the potential to show films by locally based young people in addition to festival highlights. Filmmaking workshops will accompany the screenings.

Locations will be added shortly.

First Nations Marking Country Mural 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.

Locations will be added shortly.

Holiday Break Partnership Program Information for Providers 

Film Festivals and Workshops – applications currently open
The Holiday Break Film Festivals and Workshops grant will fund regional film festivals and screen-based workshops for young people (12–24 years old) during school holidays. Potential programs include family friendly screenings, filmmaking workshops and community festival events including screen-based Creative Kids providers. Grants of up to $20,000 are available for applicants to deliver regional film festivals and screen-based workshops. Applications close on 27 April 2022 at 5pm. Find out more

Activities must take place in the local government areas targeted by Office for Regional Youth, which can be found here.  

Performing Arts Camp – EOI closed 30 March 2022
Performing Arts Camp provides an opportunity for Creative Kids providers and performing arts organisations to deliver a performing arts residential camp or workshop program across a range of artforms. Grants are available for applicants to deliver a minimum five-day program of performing arts workshops in regional NSW. These can comprise drama, dance, circus arts or physical theatre. You can apply for $30,000 for a week Workshop Program, and/or $55,000 for a week Residential Camp. More information. 

Writers on the Road – EOI closed 30 March 2022
Writers on the Road provides an opportunity for individuals and/or groups and organisations to take to the road and run creative writing workshops over a range of literary genres in regional locations. Grants of up to $20,000 for individuals and $40,000 for organisations are available to support young people accessing quality writing programs in regional areas. More information

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