Fast pace for Youth Week

Fast pace for Youth Week

Sydney’s young people will come together in a range of exhilarating events ranging from scooter and skateboard competitions to a basketball contest with the police force as part of Youth Week.

Live music, performances and other entertainment will launch the City of Sydney’s Youth Week in the City festival, which is designed to attract young people aged 12 to 24 years of age from 14-21 April.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it was a fabulous opportunity for Sydney’s young people from all backgrounds to get together and celebrate having a world of opportunity on their doorstep.

“One of the highlights of Youth Week for me is the Betty Makin Youth Awards, which celebrate the achievements of young leaders and their role in shaping the development and wellbeing of younger generations,” the Lord Mayor said.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to recognise the significant contribution made by young people in our city.”

Youth Week highlights include:

Youth Week in the City - Fernside Skate Comp

Fernside Festival 20th Anniversary
Saturday 14 April, 12pm-5pm – Waterloo Skate Park

Live music with a DJ, performances and other entertainment will kick start the launch of the City’s Youth Week events and the 20th Anniversary of the Fernside Festival. Showcasing their talents, youngsters can take part in a scooter contest in addition to the Fernside Skate competition.

Betty Makin Youth Awards
Awards night Tuesday 17 April, attendance of the event by invitation only

The Betty Makin Youth awards are designed to recognise the importance of activism and service in our local communities, and by encouraging young people aged 12 to 24 of inner-Sydney to play their part in building stronger, healthier communities.

Discover Green Square on a bike
Friday 13 April & Friday 20 April, 4pm-7.30pm – starts at Sydney Town Hall

Youth Week FB

Discover Green Square on a bike allows students to improve their skills and confidence riding a bike in the city. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness about a number of community facilities that will be opened in 2018 and encourage students to get involved in their local community.

Youth in the City Hoops 3 on 3 Basketball Competition – Wednesday 18 April, 12pm-4pm – Peter Forsyth Auditorium, Glebe

Police, local young people and the community will come together to train, play and compete in basketball games and share food to build relationships and celebrate Youth Week together. A shield and trophies will be awarded at the end of the day.

Inclusive Sports Day
Friday 20 April, 12pm-4pm – Alexandria Park Tennis Court

City community tennis coaches will host ‘Fast4’ mixed doubles tennis matches, with prizes and medals. Fast4 is a fun, shortened version of tennis with the first to four games winning the match. Wheelchair tennis is a fast-growing sport that follows traditional tennis except the ball is allowed to bounce twice.

Block Party
Saturday 21 April, 11am-4pm – Catholic Care – Yurong Parkway Basketball Courts, Woolloomooloo

This event includes DJ workshops, dance performances and art-based workshops and gives an opportunity for young people from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds to engage and participate in a safe and friendly environment.

The Style of Diversity Fashion Show and Public Program
Saturday 21 April, 1pm-3:30pm – Barnett Long Room, Customs House

A fashion parade with Australian designers who identify with various cultures and gender. This will be followed by a panel discussion about visual politics and cultural appropriation and explore the fine line between what is cultural appreciation and appropriation. The event will also screen of a documentary to discuss ideas about appearance, youth identity and public perception of young people.

International Youth Fest 2018 – Unity Through Diversity Thursday 19 April, 5:30pm–9pm – King George V Recreation Centre (KGV), The Rocks

City Of Sydney KGV Basketball Centre - Up Late at the KGV Friday night program 2013

Youngsters can take up basketball, futsal and volleyball as well as other non-sport activities and games. There’s something for everyone in this event, which will involve a number of engaging creative, cultural, recreational and educational activities.

Youth Social Enterprise Workshop
Saturday 14 April, 9am–5pm – Barnett Long Room, Customs House

The event will engage 40 students both local and international in a one-day social enterprise program to help young people to think creatively, build skills in critical thinking and communication.

Sunset Busker Showcase (all female line up)
Thursday 19 April, 5pm-7pm – Pitt Street Mall

Female street performers will entertain late night shoppers and visitors with a showcase of busking acts in the heart of Sydney’s shopping district.

For media inquiries contact City of Sydney Senior Media Advisor, Elaine Kelly on 0477 362 550 or

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore contact Communications Officer Julia Lenton on 0410 748 039 or