Youth Week kicks off with epic block party

Youth Week kicks off with epic block party

The Metro Theatre’s intimate dance venue The Lair will be home to an epic block party to mark the start of Youth Week in the City.

The Centre Stage gig on 6 April kicks off a dynamic week-long series of arts, culture and sporting events. Highlights include a photography jam, a charity treasure hunt, a film festival and the Betty Makin Youth Awards.

Lord Mayor Clover invited young people from across Sydney to join in the City of Sydney’s annual Youth Week in the City celebrations.

“This exciting annual festival is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views and have their voices heard,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Young people are the ones who will shape this city in the future. Throughout the year, they are developing projects, making things happen and having a positive involvement in the community, and this week is our chance to say ‘thank you’.”

For the first time, young people will also benefit from special discounts to Sydney’s top attractions. Offers include insider tours of the ABC studios, low cost entry to Madame Tussauds Sydney, half-price snorkel safaris, and special rates for the Sydney Tower Eye.

“I encourage everyone to visit to see the full program and find out how you can take part in their annual celebration,” the Lord Mayor said.

Youth Week in the City is part of the wider celebrations for National Youth Week 2013 with the theme, ‘Be active. Be happy. Be you.

The annual Betty Makin Youth Awards will honour talented young Sydneysiders who are excelling in the areas of community, environment, creativity and entrepreneurship.

All nominees will be recognised on the night, while individuals from each category will be awarded a $500 scholarship to help them achieve their goals. There will also be two awards for a local youth worker and NSW Police Force officer.

Youth Week in the City Coordinator Jenna Bloom said her team had worked hard to create a diverse program to cater to all young people and their interests.

“National Youth Week is a great opportunity for the City to host forums and other events to provide fun activities for young people, celebrate their contribution and also provide them with a space where they can discuss the issues that are important to them,” Ms Bloom said.

“This year, the City has again collaborated with local businesses and organisations to make Sydney an accessible and creative space for young people to enjoy.

“We hope young people come out in force to take part in the many different types of events this year, including the block party at the Metro, an amazing race against youth homelessness in the Royal Botanic Garden and a live-music showcase in Martin Place. Be sure to check out what’s on offer!”

The City of Sydney’s Youth Week in the City runs from 5-14 April 2013 and celebrates young people’s contribution to the community. Youth Week in the City highlights include:


Betty Makin Youth Awards

Tuesday 9 April 2013


University of Sydney, The Refectory, Holme Building, Science Road, Camperdown


These annual awards recognise and reward the achievements of young people aged 12 to 24 in four categories: Contribution to the community; Environmental sustainability initiative; Creativity; arts and culture; and Young entrepreneur. Awards include two $500 scholarships and awards for a local youth worker and police officer.


Centre Stage under-18s dance party

Saturday 6 April 2013


The Lair, Metro Theatre, 624 George Street, Sydney

Pre-sale tickets $10

Held at intimate underground dance venue The Lair, this exclusively under-18s block party will host a variety of live acts. Performers include X-Factor Australia stars, Young Men’s Society, R&B soul crooner Mike Champion, urban dance champions Royalty Dance Crew and grime-pop specialist DJ Morphingaz.


What’s In Your Name?

The City is publishing a special booklet featuring stories by young people and the meanings of their names to mark Youth Week in the City and the Living in Harmony Festival. The What’s in Your Name? project invited 12 to 24-year-old residents to share the reasons why they were given their name, and how it reflected their identity, religion, culture, family or heritage. Copies of the book will be made available to local schools.


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For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Jodie Minus, phone 02 9265 9910 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin on 0477 310 149 or email