YouthFest ’22 was the most highly attended iteration of the event in its 12-year history, with incredible weather throughout the entire event period. We look forward to our flagship event every year in order to celebrate local young people aged 12 to 25 years, and are glad to bring this event back for the first time since 2019.
Activations included flower crown making, wellbeing workshops, face painting, and more. There was free popcorn and fiary floss being provided to attendees, as well as an Enviro Tent which featured a clothes grab, diverting dozens of clothing items from landfill.
The event included a youth-led Market Space where young people could sell their crafts and products, which was bigger and busier than any other year! Did you miss out on a product you wanted? Check out our Creatives for Hire and buy from some of our local makers online.
This YouthFest, we also had 2 stages and a DJ Booth (located in the Skate & Sport Zone) filled with over 30 different acts. These acts included local established acts like Controlled Chaos, Krackers & Koolaide and Drag Queen Iva Problem. We also saw the likes of Jets Studios talents such as A LITTLE BIT FANCY, CHEWINGS!, Riley Morrissey and fresh bands making their debut, Soft Plastic and Vending Machine Repairmen.
Our food trucks were also serving some delectable meals, so thank you Pavilion School Food Truck & Dos Diablos for your contributions, as well as Open House for keeping the coffee, tea and hot chocolates pouring for staff, volunteers and attendees all day.
Banyule Youth Services would like to thank everyone who came to YouthFest and had a great time; this would not have been possible without the over 120 young people who performed, held a stall or volunteered alongside Banyule Youth Services staff.
Finally, we would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Wurundjeri People, namely Alinta from Morningstar Performing: a traditional custodian who welcomed us to country so beautifully and yarned with staff and young people, contributing to the important, significant and inclusive culture of our local community.