FAQs

Welcome to Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest, and congratulations on being involved in the most exciting youth performing and visual arts experience in the state!

The details you need to know... Frequently Asked Questions

YOH Fest is WA's largest health themed youth performing and visual arts event that gives school students throughout WA, the opportunity to take part in an innovative and revolutionary approach to health education. This annual festival requires school students to get together to construct and perform their own dance sequence, drama plays, original song, short film or art piece based on a relevant youth health theme.

    • Registrations close: Friday 21st May (Week 5, Term 2)
    • Drama scripts due: Friday 30th July (Week 2, Term 3)
    • Performance details due: Friday 30th July (Week 2, Term 3)
    • Cast lists due (list of names for participation certificates): Friday 30th July (Week 2, Term 3)
    • Screen Fest: visual art, short films & song entries MUST be uploaded by: Friday 10th September (Week 8, Term 3)
    • Screen Fest : drama & dance entries MUST BE uploaded by: Friday 10th September (Week 8, Term 3)

    Submit your information by Managing your Entries.

  • For the live events, we are always looking to hear from awesome outstanding young people to become part of our crew to assist with the coordination of YOH Fest in their region.

    Interested students should send us an email with a brief 'about them' summary and why they want to be involved : admin@yohfest.com.au

  • Keeping Up Appearances - we are challenging participants to explore what could help young people as they try 'keeping up appearances'. What are the coping strategies and how can they be applied in the context of their own lives? YOH Fest is an opportunity for participants to tell their own stories with creativity being rewarded.

  • With the success of the 2020 Virtual platform, we have decided to maintain this as an option for those who may not be able to attend one of the live heats. Plus we found it a great way to showcase the Visual Art, Song and Short Film categories.

    This will be a trial for 2021 to how it works for everyone.

  • No, unfortunately you cannot enter the same item in both events.

    However, you are most welcome to enter different entries. (ie: enter a dance performance at the live events, then a different choreographed dance performance for the Screen Fest).

  • Yes, there is a minimal administration cost to enter both the live and screen fest competition.

  • Yes, for 2021 we will have cash prizes for the following:

    • YOH Fest Winners in drama, dance & solo/duo drama categories
    • YOH 'Screen' Fest Winners in drama, dance, short Film, song & visual Art categories
    • Overall Health Award winners
  • Yes, Schools are most welcome to enter multiple entries. However, for the live heats - depending on the number of performances a schools enters, we cannot guarantee that all entries will be scheduled on the same day.

  • Apart from the solo/duo drama category, you can enter as a solo performer or as a group as large as you can manage!

  • These are the times for both Junior & high school entries.

    YOH Fest 'Live'

    Group Drama: 15 minutes (H/S) 10 minutes (Primary)
    Solo/Duo Drama: 5 minutes
    Dance: 8 minutes (H/S) 4 minutes (Primary)

    YOH 'Screen' Fest

    Group Drama: 8 minutes
    Solo/Duo Drama: 5 minutes
    Dance: 4 minutes
    Song: 3 minutes
    Short film: 5 minutes

  • Scripts are required for all drama entries and will form part of the judging process.

  • The judging panel expects to be able to pick up a copy of your script and should be able to direct a fully-fledged performance from it. A good idea would be to refer to a professional script for a guide. It is important that teachers proof read the scripts before submitting.

  • No, all YOH Fest live heats are a mixture of all dance & drama entries.

  • Once we have received all the 'performance details' we can put together the live event schedules. You will be supplied a copy of this as early as we can prior to the event.

  • All rehearsals at the live events are ‘timed’ and watched by the judging director.

    Allowed times are:   Drama (Group): 25 minutes | Solo/Duo Drama:  15 minutes | Dance:  20 minutes

    All performances MUST be rehearsed in FULL to allow the judging director the opportunity to view the whole performance and give valuable feedback for your evening’s JUDGED performance.  This includes your spoken introduction.

  • No, all rehearsals are CLOSED rehearsals. The only students permitted in the auditorium during rehearsals are the students on stage and their backstage crew. Students from the same school, but in different performances are not permitted into the rehearsal without prior permission from YOH Fest personnel.

    Please make sure you have enough teacher/parent supervision organised.

  • Approximately 15 minutes before you are due to go on stage, one of the YOH Fest Marshalls will come and collect you from your dressing room and take you to the holding area side of stage.

    Please do not come earlier as there is limited space and can get congested.

  • All performance MUST fill out an LX plot sheet and bring along with you to your rehearsal.

    The lighting grid will be of a standard configuration, consisting of spots and floodlights with various coloured gels. Roving spotlights are not available. If your venue has a cyclorama, then this can also be lit for your performance. You may have to adjust small parts of your lighting program on the day; however we have found that usually the arrangement is more than adequate.

    PLEASE DO NOT USE A BLACK OUT STAGE WITH SPECIAL SPOTS - INSTEAD A GENERAL WASH WORKS BEST WITH FROZEN POSES. WE HAVE FOUND THAT STUDENTS DO NOT STAND IN THE SPOT AND OFTEN PERFORM IN DARKNESS AND SO LOOSE VALUABLE POINTS.

  • When you arrive at the venue, bring all large props to the loading dock. Your backstage crew is responsible for working with the venue staff and YOH Fest personnel to ensure safe and convenient placement of props.

    Smaller props can be taken and stored in your allocated dressing room.

    All props need to be removed from the venue on the night of your performance, unless prior arrangements have been made with venue staff and YOH Fest crew.

  • This is entirely up to you. You are most welcome to stay at the venue for the day. In fact we encourage this - it gives the students a chance to get to know other students and be part of the YOH Fest vibe as well as squeeze in some extra valuable rehearsal time.

    However, ALL Primary students are not allowed to remain at the venue for the day. Primary students MUST arrive at the venue 30 minutes prior to their rehearsal and MUST return back to school afterwards.  Primary students can then return to the venue in time for the preparation for the evening performance which commences at 6.30pm

    Please remember to ask students to bring adequate healthy food and drinks with them.

  • Every YOH Fest entry is to provide a 'short' introduction of their entry, which should include:

    • Name of School/performer/artist
    • Our Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest item titled "........."
    • A brief outline of the health message you have portrayed

    Live events: These will be performed by a student, live off-stage in the wings using a handheld microphone.

    Screen Fest: These will be displayed as a caption as the introduction to your entry.

  • All entries can be filmed via zoom, on an iPhone to using more professional equipment and filmed from your lounge room to a full scale production - there are no limitations.

    Please also bear in mind the sound and lighting quality, as this may affect the judging process.

    • Dance, Drama & Short Films - MP4 film file (please compress the file before uploading)
    • Original Song - MP3 song file
    • Visual Art - JPEG image
  • All 'Screen Fest' Entries will be available to view for FREE via our online portal from Friday 29th October

    *(Winners will be identified by a displayed 'Star' on their entry)

    As well as online, Screen Fest entries will be shown as follows:

    • Visual Art will be showcased digitally as a Virtual Exhibition in the foyer during the Grand Finals weekend.
    • Short Films will be played as a digital showreel in the foyer during the Grand Finals weekend, with the winning short films included as part of the Finals program.
    • Songs will be complied as a playlist, which will be playing in the foyer and main auditorium throughout the Grand Finals weekend.
    • Winning 'Screen Fest' Dance & Drama entries will have their films included as part of the Finals program
  • YOH Fest Live events are performed in front of an audience who MUST purchase a ticket to enter the auditorium. Tickets are available from the venues directly.

    Discount tickets are available to participating YOH Fest teachers/performers, who are encourage to watch and support their peers.

    Screen Fest entries can be viewed FREE of charge to the general public via the Screen Fest online platform.

  • Local community Ambassadors will be selected, who will promote the Act-Belong-Commit message and YOH Fest within their community. Ambassadors will also have the opportunity to:

    • Wear the famous YOH Fest blue shirt and be part of the YOH Fest team, helping behind the scenes at the live event in their region
    • Get on stage and ‘MC’ the live YOH Fest event in their region
    • Develop on their speaking and leadership skills
    • Take over the YOH Fest social media channels
    • Apply for scholarship funds for an activity/event that engages the broader community in developing an understanding of the act-belong-commit message.
    • And much more...
  • We will be putting the call out for students to recreate their own Act Belong Commit advert, within the competition guidelines. The winning advert will be shown at the YOH Fest Live Grand Finals, across all our social media channels.

    Keep an eye out on social media or subscribe to our mailing list to stay in the loop.

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