On Sunday April 13th 2014, a group of young people with the support of community and entertainment workers will run a mini-festival in West End, Brisbane. The event will feature live music, dance and art from a wide variety of artists.

The event will run from 1-5pm, but participants are encouraged to take part in a walk from 12pm. The walk and event are helping to promote acceptance of diversity among Brisbane youth, as well as giving our young adults exposure to some of our cities youth services. All ages are encouraged to join us for a fun filled afternoon of local acts in the West End Twilight Market venue – 113 Boundary St, West End. This year’s event will have performances by:
Little Scout
Eves
Chris Tamwoy
Elements Collective
Vaguely Human
Guy Drory
Beat the Bongo
Speakajoy
Cody Freeman

Youth Voice is a project funded by the Department of Social Services and supported by the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT). However it is run by young people ages 15-25 years from diverse backgrounds. The Youth Voice is committed to promoting respect, fairness and sense of belonging for everybody. The Youth Voice are currently organising an event called “Walk in Our Shoes” for National Youth Week 2014.

“Walk in Our Shoes” is open to all young people aged 12-25 years. The event aims to provide an opportunity for social inclusion and engagement, celebrate the diversity and talents of young people, and start conversations about tolerance and acceptance. The event also aims to highlight the needs of young people in Brisbane and assist them in breaking down existing barriers, whilst having fun and meeting new people.

This event takes into consideration and addresses the issue of judgement. In our society emphasis is placed on one’s colour, body shape, race, and general physical appearance. The “Walk In Our Shoes” event deliberately steers away from this and allows young person’s shoes to tell their story. The start of the event involves young people taking a photo of their shoes to accompany a short written story about themselves and their life. The participants will then be given another’s shoe photo and story. They will find their allocated partner using the shoes as the identifiable factor. A walk will then take place with the young person and their dedicated partner talking and sharing their very unique journey through life. The walk will end with a mini festival where there will be entertainment and information stands from a wide range of youth service providers and youth led groups.

Walk In Our Shoes is funded by the Department of Social Services, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through TAFE Queensland English Language and Literacy Services.

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