Northland Youth Summit Arts Festival 2018

The Northland Youth Summit 2018 was held in Whangarei at North Tec from the 5th – 7th of September.

This was a platform for young people to develop the confidence to speak up about the issues and future aspirations that matter to them and their communities.

This is a FREE event for youth aged 12-24 in Northland with 80 spots available.


This year the summit consisted of seven workshops led by experts in the creative mediums as shown below:

Music – Compose and perform a song telling your story in a musical style of the group’s choice.
Visual Arts (Print) – Design a piece of artwork using print methods based on the ‘our visions, our futures’ theme.
3D Digital – Projection mapping is where digital imagery is projected onto buildings/objects etc. through a large scale projector. You will be creating designs that will become a part of a 3D projection mapping exhibition.
Sculpture – In pairs, you will carve a small sculpture out of Oamaru stone reflecting the ‘our visions, our futures’ theme.
Theatre (Performance) – Design and perform a creative theatrical piece revolving around the ‘our visions, our futures’ theme.
Dance (Movement) – Choreograph and perform a dance routine based on the ‘our visions, our futures’ theme.
Film & Photography – The group will make a documentary about the youth summit – learning story-telling skills, how to use a camera, sound and editing equipment. This will showcase the event telling the stories.

Youth will need to select a first choice and a second choice option of workshops they wish to attend as we cannot guarantee placement in the first choice workshop.

Each workshop had a youth mentor to ensure the three-day programme was fully immersive, engaging and nurturing for the youth attendees. At the completion of the Northland Youth Summit, each group presented their finished work.

Accommodation & Food

All youth who attended were supplied with accommodation and food over the 3 days at no cost. All youth stayed on site for the entirety of the event. Youth participants & mentors were accommodated at a local marae.

Key sponsors

This event is not possible without the support from key sponsors. We are extremely thankful to have secured funding and sponsorship from the following businesses:

  • NorthTec – Educational sponsor; provided the facilities, technical resources including some tutors from Applied Arts.
  • Creative New Zealand awarded $40,000 grant funds towards the art learning workshops for young people
  • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa came on board as a sponsor for the mentors at the NYSAF as well as supporting the Sculpture Workshop and other in-kind support.
  • Whangarei Youth Space provided WYS youth workers to deliver evening activities for the youth and other in-kind support.

Check out the Film “Commissioners Message” created by the Film Workshop Group.

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