Arts extravaganza a huge success

The first school holidays Youth Arts Extravaganza at the Byron Bay Youth Activity Centre has been hailed a ‘huge success’ by project manager, Nicqui Yazdi.

Ms Yazdi, team leader of the Byron Underage Drinking and Drug Initiative (BUDDI) and Community Drug Action Team, said more than 70 young people attended workshops during the week-long extravaganza.

She said the focus of the program was on getting young people involved in community projects, forming good connections and promoting ideas for positive mental health.

Activities had included workshops on photography, graffiti art, wearable art fashion and comedy all run by professional artists and supported by youth workers.

The theme for the holiday program and finale party was ’Unique and Interesting’ with young people at the workshops invited to explore this theme when creating their art and music pieces.

"Unique is such a wonder word essentially meaning particularly remarkable, special, rare, distinctive or even unusual and of course, interesting,” said Ms Yazdi.

“We believe this is a perfect theme for young people to relate to.

“ We wanted to design a program that would make young people feel special, build resilience in them, give them something constructive and artistic to do and assist to delay the initiation of these young people to alcohol.”

Ms Yazdi thanked the many local businesses that had supported the project.

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