Drum, Dance And Play At Youth Event


Young people across Australia are gearing up for another energetic National Youth Week, celebrated from 10 to 19 April.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s major event, No Talent Required, will be held on Saturday, 18 April at the Wonthaggi Town Hall.

The event will have free workshops, food, activities and an open microphone Talent Quest, supported by Wonthaggi Rock Star School’s Leigh Owens at 2.00pm.

A massive Drumming Circle will be hosted by Gippsland’s renowned drummer and music facilitator, Steve Shulz.

Mr Shulz has worked with schools and attended festivals all over Australia for many years.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said Mr Shulz’s high-energy, engaging style will leave participants feeling energised, excited and like a drummer by the end of the session.

“In the lead up to Steve’s session at the No Talent Required event, Wonthaggi Secondary College will host a ‘taster’ drumming workshop at the school’s McBride campus on Wednesday 15 April at 1.00pm,” Cr Brown said.

“Students must register at the school office to participate.”

Wonthaggi Secondary College are looking forward to the drumming workshop and say it’s an excellent opportunity to get young people involved in music and rhythm.

Mr Shulz has worked with many of the students in the past.

“I use the rhythms of language to teach drumming,” Mr Shulz said.

“If anyone’s familiar with my workshops they will well-remember the ‘bobs-your-uncle’ beat.

“My sessions are fun and easy for everyone to participate in.”

There will also be a photo exhibition showcasing the youth involved in the Stop Tagging Start Street Art project.

This laneway mural project was developed as part of a State Government Community Crime Prevention grant. Council, along with Wonthaggi Business Association, Wonthaggi Secondary College Satellite VCAL and Wonthaggi Police worked together on the Abrahams Laneway street art in Wonthaggi at the end of 2014.

“The exhibition will highlight the involvement of VCAL students who worked from start to finish on the mural, mentored by professional artists,” Cr Brown said.

“The VCAL students have made a fantastic contribution to this project. Their support has underpinned the success of the Abrahams Laneway project.

“The outcomes of this project have been substantial. There has been a reduction in graffiti around town, and other street art projects have sprung up as result of the project.”

If drumming and street art doesn’t grab your attention, there will be hip hop workshops run by Studio Phoenix; a ‘Get Your Body Into Art’ workshop by Headspace; a Circus Tricks workshop run by local, 12 year old busker, Jayden Matthews; and theatre workshops run by former Wonthaggi Secondary College student and professional actor, Rory Godbold.

Workshops start at 11.00am, with a free lunch at 12.30pm and talent quest and afternoon workshops from 2.00pm.

To register for the No Talent Required talent quest, contact Council’s Youth Planning and Policy Officer, Geraldine Archibald, by emailing community.development@basscoast.vic.gov.au or calling 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.