YOH Fest is one of Australia's biggest health themed youth performing and visual arts events that gives school students throughout WA, the opportunity to take part in an innovation and revolutionary approach to health education. This annual festival requires school students to get together to construct and perform their own dance sequence, drama play musical compostition, short film or art piece based on a relevant youth health theme. 

The festival is unique, being the only one of its kind in Australia. It's organised, managed and run predominately by the young and young at heart with the invaluable assistance of youth leaders amongst us within the community! This gives the festival a feeling of vibrancy and fun that can only be experienced at YOH Fest. The experiences that participants encounter are amazing and life changing - just awesome! 

Thousands of young people participate in YOH Fest events held across WA, performing their productions in some of the best regional venue around to hundreds of audience memebers. YOH Fest patron Professor Fiona Woods considers herself one of the YOH Fest's biggest fans, and takes an active involvment in the festival each year. 

The festival is recognised 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 Australia to enable them to make  postive and healthy life choices. Participating students gain skills, self- confidence and respect for others, as well as understanding of relevant youth issues. 

Dates and Locations

2019 Heats for WA

  • Goldfields
  • Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie
  • 19th August 2019
  • Midwest
  • Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton
  • 22nd August 2019
  • Pilbara
  • Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha
  • 26th August 2019
  • Southwest
  • BREC, Bunbury
  • 29th August 2019
  • Peel
  • Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
  • 2nd - 6th September 2019
  • Perth
  • Subiaco Arts Centre
  • 9th -11th September 2019
  • Great Southern
  • Albany Entertainment Centre
  • 13th September 2019
  • Kimberley
  • Broome Civic Centre
  • 17th September 2019

2019 Grand Final - WA

  • Dance & solo/duo Drama
  • Friday 25th October 2019
  • Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
  • Group Drama
  • Saturday 26th October 2019
  • Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
  • Visual Art Exhibiton
  • Monday 21st - Saturday 26th October, 2019
  • Mandurah Performing Arts Centre Foyer

2020 Dates will be annouced at the Grand Finals on 25/26 October 2019

Category Information

YOH Fest is challenging you and your school to come up with a performance or visual art piece based around the annual YOH Fest health theme, this year's theme being "Belonging". Let your creativity loose and tell your story in your favourite art form. 

There are six categories (click for more information):
Drama (group)
Drama (solo/duo)
Visual Art 
Short Film

There is no limit on entries, you can enter as many times as you like across all YOH Fest categories.


Each year a relevant youth health issue is chosen as the Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest theme, and participants have the chance to get on stage and show off their talents, and educate themselves, audience members and the wider community about the challenges faced by young people in today’s world.

The Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest health theme for 2019 is:


The need to feel included is a fundamental part of who we are and is integral to our sense of happiness, well-being and identity. Everyone needs to belong - to one another, to our friends and families, to our culture and country, to our world. So how do you find a sense of belonging? And what impact does loneliness, judgement and isolation have on us?

When exploring this year's theme, think about the coping strategies that can be applied to create a better outcome.   

Encourage your students to think about the theme in the context of their own lives, this is an opportunity for them to tell their own stoires. Creativity is rewarded. 

As per our Healthway contract, we must stress the simulation and brand promotion of alcohol, drugs and cigarettes is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Failure to abide by this will result in disqualification of your item. 

The Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest health theme for 2020 will be annouced at the Grand Finals on 25/26th October 2019....watch this space.....


Stay physically mentally and socially active in as many ways as you can!

Become a member of groups and clubs in the community; keep up friendships and relationships with family!

Engage in activities that bring meaning and purpose to life! Help a cause; volunteer to help others and feel good about yourself at the same time; learn a new skill and challenge yourself; set a goal and feel that wonderful sense of achievement once you reach it.

Keeping mentally healthy is as important as staying physically healthy, and it’s as easy as A-B-C, Act-Belong-Commit. www.actbelongcommit.org.au.

As part of YOH Fest, entrants are required to incorporate the Act-Belong-Commit message into their performance. This can be done visually or verbally, or can be incorporated into this year’s theme of ‘Pushed To The Limit’. Schools will be provided with Act-Belong-Commit resources to help with their message promotion. More information about the campaign can also be found at www.actbelongcommit.org.au or call (08) 9266 4648.

Please find below a link to ABC youth and educational resources that might be of use to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dealines for YOH Fest?

Registrations close: Friday 31st May (week 5, term 2)

Drama script due:

Friday 26th July (week1, term 3)

Cast lists due:

Friday 26th July (week 1, term 3)

Performance details due:

Friday 26th July (week 1, term 3)

Film and music uploads:

Friday 26th July (week 1, term 3)

Submit your information at www.yohfest.com.au/documents 

Can a school enter multiple entries?                                                                                                                                  

Yes, schools are most welcome to enter multiple entries. However, depending on the number of performances a school enters, we cannot guarantee that all entries will be scheduled on the same day.

What time do we arrive on the day?

It is imperative that you arrive by the time specified on your rehearsal schedule which will be sent prior to the event. The day is run to a tight schedule and delays are an inconvenience to YOH Fest and the other schools.

Will the dance and drama entries be scheduled on different days in the heats?

No, all heats are a mixture of all categories.

When will I know my rehearsal and performance time?

You will be supplied with a copy of your rehearsal schedule prior to the event.

How long is our rehearsal time?

All rehearsals are 'timed' and watched by the Judging Director. 

Allowed times are:
Drama group: 25 minutes 
Dance: 15 minutes 
Drama solo/duo: 15 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. 

Can other students watch the rehearsals?

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 in the auditorium without prior permission from YOH Fest personnel.

Please ensure you have enough teacher/parent supervision organised.

How will we know it's our time to perform?

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

When planning the lighitng for our performance, what sorts of lights are available?

All performances must fill out an LX Plot Sheet and bring along with them to their heats. A copy can be found in the 'teachers portal' or in the back of the Production Manual. 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.

What is required in the performance introduction?

All performances must have a scripted introduction to their piece, introducing the name of your school, title of your performance and a brief outline on the health issue you have chosen to convey. All introductions should inlcude the terminology 'Our Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest item titled "...". 

These introductions will be judged as a part of the judging process and MUST be spoken by a student. 

Introductions will be conducted 'live' using a hand held microphone, off stage in the wings. Students may bring their introduction script with them to read from. 

What do we do with our props?                                                                                                                                        

When you arrive, bring all large props to the loading dock of the venue that you will be performing at. Your backstage crew is responsible for working with the venue staff to ensure safe and convenient placement of the props.

Do our students have to go back to school after their rehearsals?

No, your students can stay at the venue for the whole day. We encourage this as it gives the schools a chance to get to know other students.

Will dinner be provided for the students?

The dinner break is usually held between 5:00pm - 6.00pm. Students are responsible for all of their meals. We endeavour to secure venues that are close to other facilities, such as food outlets; however, it is best to look at the area for yourself so your school’s needs are met. Please note that most venues have in-house catering, therefore do not allow outside food on the premises. Please take this into consideration when making your arrangments. 

When is the visual art required?                                                                                                                                               

Every region except Perth and Mandurah must deliver visual art to the venue by 11am on the day of the heat that you have  entered and will remain on display for the duration of the day/evening. It is the school's responsibility to arrange the delivery and collection of the artwork. 

All WA artwork is then required to be displayed from Monday 21st - Saturday 26th October at the YOH Fest Visual Art Exhibition as part of the State Grand Finals where they will be judged. Please arrange for artwork to be delivered to the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre by 10am on Monday 21st October and collected by the conclusion of the evening on Saturday 26th October. 

How do visual art entries need to be displayed?

Visual Art must be mounted on backing card with sticky velcro dots, or on a canvas that must have picture hanging wire attached at the back. Any sculptures or large-sized art work needs to be specified on the performance detail sheet prior to the event.

How do I submit a short film of song?                                                                                                                                 

You can upload your film or music entries in MP4 format on the teachers portal at yohfest.com.au by due date (see Deadlines), along with your accompanying rationale in a word document. (If you come across any problems uploading your film/song; try reducing your file size). 

What is expected in the production of the script?

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. Scripts must be submitted through the 'Teacher's Portal' on the YOH Fest website (www.yohfest.com.au) by the due date. Once logged into the 'Teacher's Portal", click 'Submit scripts' and upload your script in PDF file format. 

In this section of the webiste you can also upload your cast list and complete your performance details. 

What is the YOH Fest talent quest?

The Talent Quest has become an event in its own right. It is held from 5pm, usually in the foyer of the venue. Students are free to dance, sing, do stand-up comedy, play an instrument, and do impersonations...any special talent that they may have!
It’s a great way for everyone to mix together in an informal way, and it gets the performers excited for the big event!

Where do I get tickets from for YOH Fest heats and Grand Final?
Tickets are available from the venues. Please refer to details on page 8 of the Production Manual.

Do performers need to purchase tickets?

Yes, all teachers & performers will be required to purchase a discounted ‘performers’ ticket if they wish to be in the audience at any point during the event. If they choose not to, they are welcome to remain in their allocated dressing rooms, under supervision, for the duration of the show. 

When do we pick up our props and visual art entries?

All props need to be removed from the venue on the night of your performance. Visual Art entries can be removed from the venue at the conclusion of the exhibition. Unless prior arrangements have been made.

What happens if I get selected for the Grande Final?                                                                                                    

Firstly celebrate with your school, it is a massive achievement! Next, start considering logistics; funding; your support team and implementing the judges feedback into your performance. 

The YOH Fest team is only a phone call away for any questions about the grand final or Mandurah related recommendations but most of the logistics will need to be handled by you and your school- including transport, accommodation and catering. Tickets to the Grand Final will also need to be purchased.

Can we choose which heats we would like to perform in?                                                                                                

Yes, as long as the preferred heat location had been specified on your Registration Form.