YouthFest 2018

Local youth will be able to rock out in Albany’s Town Square later this month when it comes alive with Youth Fest 2018 to celebrate Youth Week WA, formerly known as National Youth Week.

Youth Fest 2018 is a free local music festival with live bands and performers, food vendors and fun activities that will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 5pm to 9pm.

The Youth Week 2018 Program kicks off from the start of the next school holidays on April 12 and will feature a number of exciting events organised the City of Albany and Albany agencies including:

  • Saturday, April 14 – Roller Derby, the Track 300 Roundhav Street, 7pm, $15.
  • Monday, April 16 – Colour the Street Workshop, Vancouver Arts Centre, 10am – 1pm, $5.
  • Monday, April 16 – Skateboarding Clinics, Albany Sk8 & BMX Park, 9-11am & 11.30am -1.30pm, free
  • Tuesday, April 17 – Game on Event, Albany Public Library, 6 – 8pm, free
  • Tuesday, April 17 – Painting Noongar Stories, Vancouver Arts Centre, 10am – 12pm, free
  • Friday, April 20 – Palmerston Youth 3 on 3 Hoops Comp, Eyre Park 3-6pm, free
  • Saturday, April 21 – YouthFest. Albany Music Festival, Albany Town Square, 5-9pm, free
  • Sunday, April 22 – Denmark Youth Fest, McLean Oval Denmark, free

The Youth Week WA Youth Fest 2018 is presented by the City of Albany with the support of Propel Youth Arts WA, which is funded by the State Government, and Rio Tinto. 

Is this a family friendly event? No it is not, this is a youth event and is not suitable for families or children under 12. This event is for young people aged 12 – 25 years only.

Will alcohol be served at this event? No this is an alcohol free event, no BYO either.

Can I bring my dog? No it is not a Pet friendly event.

How much does it cost? Nothing this is a free event the only thing that costs money is the food but there will be affordable cheap food on sale.

Is there any free water? Yes there will be water refill stations but you will need to bring a cup or water bottle.

I am worried about my teenagers being in town at night, will it be safe? There will be multiple trained youth workers and volunteers on site, we have a first aide tent with a registered nurse as well as security guards and police. The event finishes relatively early at 9pm.

How loud will the event be? The sound will be monitored throughout so that noise does not exceed the levels specified in the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations (1997). The event finishes at 9pm to ensure residents and businesses are not impacted.

Will there be anything else to do on the night? Yes there will be free activities including lawn games, face painting and an Insta-booth with selfie props.

What should I wear? Dress however you like but remember it does get cold at night at this time of year.

What if it rains? There will be a large marque so that you can still dance and listen to music if it rains. If there is a large storm the event may be cancelled, in the event that we do have a big storm the updates will be made on Facebook and on the website.

Can I smoke at the event? This community event is smoke-free. Please use the sign-posted smoking area. Thanks for your cooperation and enjoy the event!

I am over 25 can I still come to the event? This is a youth event so it is for people 25 and under. Youth workers and volunteers can be over 25, so if you want to come you will need to volunteer. To volunteer contact Lesley Yates at the City of Albany 6820 3130

Can I charge my phone anywhere? Yes the headspace chill zone will have chargers available. But you will have to stay with your phone while it charges you cannot just plug it in and go to dance, headspace will not be responsible for your belongings.

Will there be Wi-Fi at the event? The town Library and visitors centre does have free Wi-Fi. Telstra phone box nearby has Telstra air (Telstra air only works with some Telstra devices check with your mobile provider to find out if your service is compatible).

What if I am feeling uncomfortable with the noise? Headspace chillzone will offer some time out from the crowd and noise if you are feeling overwhelmed or just want to rest for a while.

What if I feel unsafe or lose my friends? Youth workers and volunteers will be available all over the festival grounds. Just find someone with a youth agency T-shirt or Fluro vest. If someone you know feels threatened or has had an accident then the police will also be onsite.

What if I am unwell, intoxicated, hurt or have an accident or one of my friends is unwell, hurt, had an accident or is intoxicated? There will be a first aide tent onsite with trained first aide officers and a registered nurse. There will also be drug and alcohol counsellors and youth workers available to offer support if needed. Highly intoxicated people will not be allowed in the festival. Event staff however will ensure that intoxicated people are safe and they will not be “in trouble” especially if they need support.

Will there be buses or transport to and from the event? No people will be responsible for arranging their own transport to and from town.