New Talents Embraced At Youth Event


Over 300 young people attended Bass Coast Shire Council’s celebration of National Youth Week, No Talent Required, held at the Wonthaggi Town Hall and Wishart Reserve on Saturday.

Organised and run by Council’s Future Leaders Influencing the Community (FLIC) group for the second year running, the event included a range of creative and performance-based workshops to inspire, engage and celebrate the arts.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to engage young people in activities that they might not have had the chance to take part in before,” Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown said.

With a focus on showcasing and highlighting local creative skills and talents, Wonthaggi Rock School’s Leigh Owens said most of the workshops were facilitated by businesses and individuals from the local community

“There is actually a lot on offer for young people to engage in the arts in our community. The event workshops provided an excellent opportunity to see and experience these possibilities and opportunities,” Mr Owens, who coordinated the Talent Quest component of the event, said.

The event was free and welcomed all young people, however many adults and family members also took advantage of the workshops to learn new skills and crafts.

Cr Brown said an event highlight was the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s (WTG) surprise flash mob of No Talent Required.

“The Group’s three minute compilation provided a sneak peek of their upcoming production, Pippin,” Cr Brown said.

In true tradition for WTG, Pippin has a cast comprised predominantly of teenagers, many of whom have been involved in other theatre productions and activities.

“The Wonthaggi Theatrical Group epitomises the very best of the Bass Coast community, in terms of engagement and development of young people and the arts,” Cr Brown said.

Wonthaggi Secondary College’s VCAL students also strutted their stuff at the event, with the photographic exhibition of the Stop Tagging, Start Street Art project.

The large canvas prints were a beautiful addition to the event, with explanations from VCAL participants of the graffiti prevention project, which was funded through the Department of Justice – Community Crime Prevention program.

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

No Talent Required was funded by Council and a State Government National Youth Week grant.