Youth Week in the City starts this Friday, 10 April. Young people are bursting with new ideas and energy, and it's important that older generations listen to and support them.
Our Youth Week celebrations this year include a skating comp, art show and GPS treasure hunt. We're recognising the rich contribution young people make to the arts, sports, culture, education and other areas of life in Sydney.
The activities open with a Youth Symposium at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday night. Artist Jackson Stacy, spoken-word champion Christopher Wright and NSW Young Australian of the Year Genevieve Clay-Smith will join a panel of other young talents to discuss the theme 'It starts with us'.
There's also a free Youth Art Showcase, where hot-off-the-press hand-made magazines or 'zines' and new works by emerging artists will be on show at the Pine Street Creative Arts Centre Gallery in Chippendale.
On Saturday 11 April, hip-hop bands Bam Bam, Joelistics, Sleepwalkers and Coda Conduct headline an all-ages gig at Goodgod Small Club, which also features free giveaways and dance battles.
Music-lovers should also head to Redfern on the same day for the Redfern Break Party with special guest DJs, break-dancing, food and great music.
Young people interested in Sydney's rich Aboriginal history can take part in a free heritage tour on Saturday 11 April at the Royal Botanic Garden, led by its Aboriginal Program's education coordinator Clarence Slockee.
There are almost 30,000 young people, aged 12 to 24 in the City of Sydney area, making up 16.9 per cent of the city's population.
For more information and the full Youth Week in the City program, visit: youthweekinthecity.com.au.