Pathways for Young People in the Creative Industry

Sept. 2, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

The annual Northland Youth Summit Art Festival saw students from all over Northland come together for 3 days at Te Ahu Center in Kaitaia.

The students participated in 8 creative genres - film, music, painting, theatre, dance, weaving and carving, creative technologies and making its first appearance in the summit is wearable arts. 

Creative Northland general manager Hinurewa te Hau said Northland young people have great creativity and those talents should be nurtured.

“We want to show our youth that they can have a career within the arts. There’s so many aspects to art so we want our rangatahi to access the experts available to them,” said Hinurewa.

Students worked with professionals of their fields mentoring them through workshops and hands on experience gained in depth knowledge from the experts.

Taipa Area School student and young filmmaker Te Mahara Tamehana-Parata has a passion for film and said events like this open doors and also help them to think about their future.

“What I hope to take away from this is a lot more skills, contacts to work with and create more films on my community and stories that are around us,” said Te Mahara.

The Summit was a platform for young people to develop confidence to speak up about the issues and future aspirations that matter to them and being able to express what it means to them in a creative way.

Creative Northland have plans for continued workshops and exhibitions across Northland for many of the works created from this summit including Exhibitions of Paint, Weaving and Carving and Creative Tech in Russell, Waitangi and Whangārei.


Tags: Youth Development


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