Youth-led cultural festival rocks the block in Ballarat
Last month, CMY was proud to be part of Rock the Block Culture Fest, a youth-led cultural festival that celebrated Ballarat’s rich cultural diversity. Hundreds of attendees gathered at Federation University’s SMB Campus for the inaugural street party, held as part of Harmony Week 2018.
The event featured vibrant performances from Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, Ghanaian musician Bortier Okoe, and local talent blues guitarist Rhiannon Simpson, young rap artist EMBE and nine-piece soul & funk band Butterfunked.
The art workshops with indigenous artist Josh Muir proved very popular, alongside badge and piñata making workshops, rock climbing, market stalls and delicious food offerings.
Event partners the City of Ballarat Youth Services, Federation University and CMY worked together with a dynamic group of young people over a number of months to curate the inaugural festival.
More than 50 youth volunteers helped out on the day, bringing energy and enthusiasm to the diverse array of activities and performances.
Vanessa Amedgnato, CMY Youth Advisory Group member and one of the young people from the event’s organising committee, who was also MC on the day said “What’s great about this project is that it has drawn from all our cultures and ideas.”
Photographs courtesy: ChipShots/ Ballarat Youth Services