More than 200,000 young people call Brisbane home and are an important part of our community.

To celebrate their contribution and the vibrant energy the thriving youth population bring to Brisbane, Council will host a jam-packed week of activities to celebrate National Youth Week.

The week-long festivities will kick off on Friday April 10, with activities including everything from live music events to skateboarding clinics and creative art workshops.

The highlight of this year’s program is the QUBE Effect, which is a new battle-of-the-bands competition with free live music performances held over two days – Saturday 11 April at South Bank Parklands and Sunday 19 April at Roma Street Parkland.

Following each live performance, the competing band will be escorted to the nearby ‘Qube’ – an intimate square-shaped performance stage – to record their best song for online voting to compete for the People’s Choice Award.

Youth Week activities are part of Brisbane City Council’s Youth Strategy, which includes more than 100 existing Council programs and 18 new initiatives aiming to provide opportunities, services, and programs for Brisbane’s youth.

Council also celebrates young people all year round with a range of youth initiatives including the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, Visible Ink, Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships and the Chill Out school holiday program.

Recently I met with the 2015 Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC) for the first time this year, welcoming 63 Year 10 Students from across Brisbane to the Council, who will meet with me regularly to discuss ways that Council can tackle the issues affecting today’s young people.

I believe the LMYAC provides an important link between our city and our youth and encourages young people to provide feedback and ideas about Council policies, local laws, services and programs.

By participating in this initiative, students make new friends with others who have similar interests and passions, learn to communicate their ideas effectively and actively engage in shaping the future of Brisbane.

For a full program of Youth Week events, visit or call Council on 07 3403 8888.