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Showcase Events

We've been lucky enough to work with incredibly talented creatives all across Aotearoa to bring our creative projects to life. From festival-type events series to community activations, we've collaborated with emerging poets, artists, dancers, musicians and more to bring creativity to our communities. We've been able to provide generous artist fees to the creative rangatahi involved in this work, offering opportunities to both build their portfolios and get paid for doing what they love. Check out some of our showcase events below!

Young At Art

Young at Art brought to life a collection of 5 vibrant, youth-powered creative hubs across Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Through exhibiting young people’s work, creating live music performances, and offering interactive visual and written art activities, Young at Art allowed our emerging stars to shine and celebrate their creative identities before a region-wide audience. Part of the 2021 Summernova Festival, Young at Art provided new and exciting opportunities for rangatahi from all parts of Tāmaki Makaurau to showcase their talents to and represent their own communities.

“It was amazing seeing my family members checking the tower out on their instagram stories. I really feel, in this small way, I made my Papa proud. Mum couldn’t stop crying! Words cannot express my appreciation.”

The impact of the event extended beyond our engagement with each young artist, empowering them to share their own creative mahi with their whānau and community. With an audience of 20,000+ engaging with the towers and performances and 96 young creatives involved, Young at Art empowered, amplified, and interconnected the diverse creative identities of Auckland’s youth.

“The opportunity to explore my creative side in a public environment was a welcome push out of my comfort zone.”

38 Hurstmere Summer Series 2020-21

In collaboration with Fresh Concept, Youth Arts New Zealand was tasked with filling Takapuna’s newest public space, 38 Hurstmere, with youth-centred creative activations all throughout summer. Every weekend, YANZ planned and delivered a unique and exciting creative activation, working with local youth talent to produce fun family-friendly events for Takapuna to enjoy. The series featured a diverse range of creative talent to delight the Takapuna public, from free face- painting and portraits to youth music showcases and improvised dance performances.

Through the 38 Hurstmere Summer Series, we empowered 20 youth creatives to share their passions with friends and whānau in their local community, while also providing them with a paid opportunity to build their portfolios and gain valuable work experience. It was heartwarming to see the connections and relationships formed between the young creatives we worked with.

“Before taking up this opportunity I thought I would have to pay to perform. When the team told me I would be getting paid I was stoked!”

Apollo Night

Apollo Night was an all ages live music and poetry event where moshpit energy met finger snaps. Young musicians and young poets came together to create an interactive live experience. ‘Apollo Night’ was a concept created by two students from Rangitoto College who wanted to create a platform for their talented community to share their music and poetry. YANZ mentored and supported the young leaders to bring this event to life.

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