Bass Coast,

‘No Talent Required’ Back Again


After last year’s hugely successful event, ‘No Talent Required’ is back again. This year’s event will host a fantastic line-up of locally grown performers and facilitators. From street art and circus skills to hip hop and drumming, young people throughout Bass Coast are invited to take part in ‘No Talent Required’.

This National Youth Week event is an opportunity for young people, aged 12 -25, to participate and experience workshops they might otherwise not have had access to.

This year’s event aims to inspire and engage young people in a series of free workshops and performances. Hosted by performers who grew in the region, these talented individuals now contribute in many ways to the arts scene, both locally and beyond.

‘No Talent Required’ will be held on Saturday, 18 April from 11.00am until 3.00pm in Wonthaggi Town Hall, Baillieu Street East, Wonthaggi. A free lunch will also be provided.

Morning workshops will include Wonthaggi’s Studio Phoenix Hip Hop; Street Art, including stencilling and spray painting with Mike Maka; performance with Rory Godbold; drumming with Steve Shulz and the youngest workshop facilitator and performer will be from Jayden Matthews of Inverloch.

Jayden will be running a circus tricks workshop followed by a fire twirling performance. At 12 years old, Jayden has been performing locally and interstate for about 18 months. He was first inspired in 2013 when he worked with his uncle in a Darwin Detention Centre.

‘My uncle was invited to do a circus workshop for kids in detention and he brought me along to help and to do fire twirling. I loved it” said Jayden.

“The smiles on their faces when they learnt to juggle was the best thing. Juggling isn’t as hard as it looks and by the end of the workshop most people will be able to juggle with two balls and some will be able to juggle with three balls.”

‘No Talent Required’ will also feature a Talent Quest at 2.00pm which will be supported by Leigh Owens from Wonthaggi Rock School.

Mr Owens grew up in Wonthaggi and is well-known to the community as a performer and music teacher. He and wife Maureen Alford started their Wonthaggi Rock School business over 10 years ago.

“We will be there to support and encourage everyone. We will get them feeling confident, prepared and excited to go on stage”, says Mr Owens.

“With performance, it’s all about having a go and I am sure performers will feel very proud of themselves at the end of their performance”, he says.

Last year the Talent Quest was the biggest hit of the day.

If you’d like to participate in the Talent Quest please contact Geraldine Archibald, Youth Planning and Policy Officer, on or (03) 5671 2745.