Arts

Young artists to KickstART festival

A selection of images from Effie Windberg’s A Manifesto to Softness. Photo: Eloise Parks

Organisers of the KickstART festival say the achievements and contributions of our state’s young people are invaluable to society.

The week-long arts event, operating as part of Youth Week WA, will celebrate everything those aged 12 to 26 have to offer.

KickstART itself will boast over 40 free events across the week, ranging from workshops and talks to exhibitions and a market.

Propel Youth Arts WA project coordinator Cecile Vuaillat says the festival aims to break the stereotype of young people being unmotivated.

“A lot of people tend to disregard young people, saying they’re at a stage where they don’t know what they want, they don’t know what to do, they’re all learning… and so on,” she said.

“So this week is for spotlighting the fact that they are doing incredible things, that they’re individuals and have goals, dreams and passions.

“The idea of Youth Week is to celebrate that, and to teach everyone across WA that they have a voice, are important and deserve to be heard.”

Ms Vuaillat says this year’s theme of Nurture The Now encourages young people to live in the present.

“Rather than focusing on what’s happening in the future for them and what experiences they’ve had in the past, we want them to actually take the time to recognise who they are right now,” she said.

“That’s the overflowing goal; to have people really self-reflect and recognise that they have done so many things and are capable of so many things.”

A market day will be held in the Perth Cultural Centre on Saturday, with all stalls run by creatives under 26.

The KickstART festival runs from April 13-20. Head to https://www.propel.org.au/kickstart for the full program schedule, and have a look at some of the visual highlights here:

Effie Windberg’s photographic exhibition A Manifesto to Softness – part of the 2019 KickstART Festival.