Participate & Celebrate Youth Week in the Hills

Published on 26 March 2024

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Free films, festivals, workshops and art exhibitions are on offer to young people from The Hills Shire to enjoy in celebration of Youth Week 2024.

Youth Week is held state-wide in April each year with activities organised by young people, for young people from 11 to 21 April.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi said it’s important to acknowledge the positive contribution of young people and their role in shaping community life.

“We’re offering a range of participation opportunities, so we have favourite events returning along with exciting new activities,” Mayor Gangemi said.

“This year’s theme is ‘express, empower, get loud’ and we’re encouraging young people to do just that by getting involved, connecting, trying new things and exploring their interests.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in organising this year’s Youth Week activities including Hills Community Aid, Uniting, Rouse Hill Town Centre, Youth Rezolutions, Event Cinemas Castle Towers, Reading Cinemas, our Creative Arts Competition sponsors, the Hills Youth Army and our Youth Ambassadors.”

Local events and activities include:

Free film, food and fun times 

11 – 28 April at Rouse Hill Town Centre

Council has partnered with Rouse Hill Town Centre to make 100 of their popular Entertainment Bundles FREE with vouchers for a movie at Reading Cinemas, a meal and games at Timezone.

Popcorn and Pandas

Monday 15 April from 3pm – 5:30pm at Event Cinemas, Castle Towers

Grab your friends for a fun afternoon watching Kung Fu Panda 4 for FREE on the big screen with FREE popcorn and a bottle of water.

Art Therapy Workshop

Tuesday 16 April from 2pm – 4pm at Castle Towers Community Hub

Enjoy a relaxing art therapy workshop focusing on looking after your emotional and mental wellbeing. This event is held in partnership with Uniting.

Hills Community Aid Family Fun Day

Wednesday 17 April from 10am – 1pm at Balcombe Heights Estate, Turner Buildings carpark

Don’t miss these fun activities for families including information stalls, jumping castle and more.

Hills Youth Fall Festival

Thursday 18 April from 1pm – 5pm at Castle Hill Showground, Aub Juleff Arena

Enjoy free local entertainment, food, outdoor gym, photobooth, stalls and more! Artworks from the Creative Arts Competition will also be on display for voting in the peer’s choice award. This event is hosted by Youth Rezolutions and raises awareness of youth homelessness.

Creative Arts Competition

Thursday 18 April 2024 at Castle Hill Showground, as part of the Hills Youth Fall Festival

Showcase your creative talents and win great prizes! Open to young people aged 12-24 who live, work or study within The Hills, the competition will culminate with an exhibition of top works at the Hills Youth Fall Festival. The theme is ‘connection and identity’ and entries close 4 April.

To enter the Creative Arts Competition, or to book free tickets to events, visit www.thehills.nsw.gov.au and search for ‘Youth Week 2024’.