Thousands of young people participate in YOH Fest events held across WA... What is Yoh Fest?
Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest is a leading forum for youth health education in West Australia, allowing thousands of school students to take part in an innovative and revolutionary approach to health education through the arts. First established in Mandurah in 1998 to help equip local school students with the tools to make healthier lifestyle choices; YOH Fest has grown into a State-wide competition that educates and empowers thousands of young people every year to lead a more positive and healthier lifestyle.
YOH Fest uses the arts platform for primary and high school students to explore important health issues and to harness their creativity and enthusiasm to convey these health messages to their peers; by researching, constructing and presenting their creations around the annual health theme in the form of drama, dance, song, short film and visual arts at one of the YOH Fest 'live' heats held across WA. Here they are judged, with the top items invited as finalists to the State Grand Final for the chance of the ultimate crown of Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest Winners!
No-one knows yet, how 2021 will pan out with the pandemic. But at this stage, we presume the traditional 'live' format will resume in 2021. However, due to the unprecedented success of using the 'virtual' platform in 2020 - it too will be retained!
This gives participants the option - of entering through either platform - in 2021.
Registrations opening soon!
Karen has been the face behind the scenes of YOH Fest since 2011.
Her outstanding communication and organizational skills is what keeps YOH Fest running so smoothly. The thrill of the whole festival is what drives her; seeing the whole event come together throughout the course of the year and being amongst all the incredible talent and powerful stories shared.
Reaching Out Community engagement stretching out to regional WA
Thousands of young people participate in Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest events held across West Australia, presenting their items in some of the best regional venues around, to hundreds of audience members. YOH Fest Patrons Professor Fiona Wood, Minister David Templeman and Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams all consider themselves YOH Fest's biggest fans.
The festival is recognized by Healthway as WA's leading forum for youth health education through the arts. The key objective of YOH Fest is to educate and empower young people throughout the State to enable them to make positive and healthy lifestyle choices. Participants not only gain leadership skills, they build on their self-confidence and respect for others, as well as an understanding of important youth health issues.
In 2020, YOH Fest had to adapt to all the uncertainty and unpredictability that was sprung on us by the Corona Virus pandemic - and from it, the 'virtual' YOH Screen Fest platform was created. This not only allowed the Festival to continue, it did fortuitously also highlight the potential and opportunity that existed - for all school students to participate from even the most remote communities across Western Australia. This was an unexpected and pleasant surprise - and so, it too will be retained!
This gives participants the option of entering either or both YOH Fest platforms in 2021.
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