Youth Week is a celebration of young people in every state and territory across the country.
Like many things last year, Youth Week in 2020 did not go to plan, with many events either postponed or cancelled. However, this year, the week-long celebration is back with a bang.
In South Australia, it will run from Sunday, May 2, and this year's theme is Our Voice - Our Future. It will be a chance to recognise the young people of SA's contribution and help empower them to make a difference in their own and others' lives. There will be opportunities for them to share their hopes and aspirations for the future.
In Tasmania, 11 recipients received a share of $20,000 to deliver innovative and creative events and activities as part of Youth Week Tasmania 2021, which runs from Friday, April 30 to Sunday, May 9. This year's theme is We've Got This! and funded events include a Youth Expo in Burnie and outdoor music and movie in the Central Highlands.
In ACT, Youth Week runs from Monday, March 22 to Thursday, April 1. It will be an opportunity for young people to share ideas, attend live events, showcase their talents and much more.
Queensland will celebrate Youth Week from Saturday, April 10 through to Sunday, April 18, while in Northern Territory, it is held from Friday, April 9 through to Sunday, April 18 with the theme 'It's your tomorrow', which will encourage young Territorians' vision for a healthy future, celebrate culture and diversity and prompt innovative ideas.
In NSW, a whole range of events will occur, including live music, a skate party, a movie marathon, an escape room experience; there is even a clothes swapping party.
"We are really looking forward to celebrating Youth Week in NSW from April 16 to 24," NSW Advocate for Children and Young People, Zoë Robinson said.
"Youth Week is a great opportunity for young people to come together, take part and have fun with their peers by participating in one or more of the hundreds of events taking place across the state.
"In NSW, our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) are responsible for picking the theme each year. The YAC decided on the 2021 theme 'together more than ever' to highlight the significance of young people coming together after what has been a very difficult year in which COVID has had drastic impacts on all their lives.
"Young people can find out about the events their local council has organised for Youth Week by visiting youthweek.nsw.gov.au."
In Western Australia, Youth Week includes the KickstART Festival, a week-long statewide celebration of young creatives aged between 12 - 26.
The KickstART Festival 2021 kicks off with Festival Day on Saturday, April 9, with a range of free performances, forums, and collaborative workshops that celebrate WA's young creatives' artistry and backgrounds.
"Following the cancellation of the 2020 festival, myself and the team at Propel are thrilled to be able to pull together a 2021 KickstART Festival that features a diverse and exciting line up of events, including KickstART's first-ever all-ages drag show. We are just crossing our fingers that the WA luck remains and that we and the young artists and participants can see this incredible festival through." project manager Cecile Vuaillat said.
Victoria's Youth Week will take place later in the year in June and July.
Whenever and wherever it takes place, Youth Week is a chance to appreciate the talents and contributions of our nation's young people.