From Tik Tok-worthy events and festivals, to outdoor adventures at skate parks and BMX tracks, and creative grants and low-cost rehearsal spaces, there's more to see and do for the tween, teen and twenty-something Brisbanites looking to live their best young lives right here in Brisbane.
Get ready to party
Each year, Brisbane Youth Week brings a stellar line-up of activities and events for 12-25-year-olds across Brisbane.
With a program designed to inspire, spark conversation and spotlight our best and brightest emerging talents, there are heaps of events to encourage learning and fun with peers.
The QUBE Effect live shows are a highlight in the Brisbane Youth Week program. With 24 emerging local performers battling it out for a career-making prize, these free laneway and mall gigs are not to be missed! Catch a CityCat and enjoy tunes from young musicians with Beats on Boats while you ride, or grab a bus headed for Fortitude Valley and see Brisbane's next big hit on stage. While wandering the Valley, pause for dumplings, donuts and street art.
You can also help behind the scenes by volunteering at this year’s event. Register your interest by emailing Council's Youth team.
Get your creative idea off the ground
Know a young person with grand goals to be the next Billie, Banksy or Speilberg? Council's creative grants might be the kick start their creative idea needs to help them further their career. Give them the chance to join alumni including Bri Lee, who travelled to New York to develop the manuscript for her book Beauty, Sophie Banister, who sharpened her comedy prowess with the Upright Citizens Brigade, and opera performer, Oliver Boyd, by applying for the Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships. The grants program gives artists and art workers aged from 17-30 the opportunity to seek out national or international training opportunities.
There's a range of other creative and history grants too! Register for alerts so you are notified when new creative grants rounds open.
Chillout and learn a new skill
If your Netflix and YouTube consumption is out of control, try a screen-less adventure out of the house with thousands of free and low-cost Council activities across Brisbane. From windsurfing, boxing, stand up paddling, canoeing, to skateboarding and rock climbing, our active and healthy events are all about taking the chance to dabble in something new without breaking the bank. Best of all, with many event venues located near public transport, 'Mum Uber' can take a break, while the you catch a bus, train, CityCat or ferry, or cycle or CityCycle (must be 17 years or over) your way there.
Try an indoor pursuit at one of our libraries or environment centres. With free and low-cost sessions ranging from crochet and cooking, to code club, it's worth keeping an eye on what's on each week to find your perfect new passion.
Make your voice heard
Got an entrepreneurial or creative spirit? Check out Visible Ink Youth Hub in Fortitude Valley. It's a space where young people 25 years and under can explore new ideas, access resources, connect with community partners and contribute to a better Brisbane. From getting a zine up and running, taking part in Council's VI: Enterprise program, or gaining experience in our Developing Artist in Residence program, Visible Ink is the spot to dive right into your creative spirit.
We've also partnered with Mount Gravatt Police Citizens Youth Club and BABI Linx Youth Space, Wynnum to offer young people a space to hang out, connect with others and get involved in activities, music programs, art, competitions and events.
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This blog was first published in March 2019 and was updated in February 2020.