The parks in Narrogin were packed for the start of National Youth Week, as the Town of Narrogin and CAN WA created the first local Youth and Arts Festival on the 13 - 15 April 2012. At several venues around town, young people in Narrogin were treated to free workshops, performances and film screenings.

On Saturday, 14 April Mackie Park was set up with stalls and workshops for all interests. CAN WA ran a stencil art stall, where young people in town could bring in their old t-shirts, pillowcases or any clothes, and get them stencilled back to life. Other activities included wire sculpture making, theatre workshops, and the popular Junkadelic instrument making workshops.

Sunday 15 April was the big day, with the new look skate park being launched by a BMX/Skate comp run by Freestyle Now. The jam-packed day also included a speech by the Mayor, performances by Drumbeat, Wheat Beats MC’s and Optamus, as well as the high-energy performance and workshop by hip-hop dance group Urban Youth Crew.

With almost 500 young people in attendance, the weekend was a great success for CAN WA and the Town of Narrogin, so keep your eyes peeled for the next one!

Nicola Davison, CAN WA Project Coordinator

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