Youth Fest to return in July

THE Watershed in Kilkenny City will be the venue for the third annual Kilkenny Youth Fest, a recreational day for young people aged 12-18 years, on July 1. The event will begin with registration from 11.30am with events taking place from noon to 4pm with all events free of charge.

THE Watershed in Kilkenny City will be the venue for the third annual Kilkenny Youth Fest, a recreational day for young people aged 12-18 years, on July 1. The event will begin with registration from 11.30am with events taking place from noon to 4pm with all events free of charge.

Young people will have the opportunity to try out a range of activities such as hip-hop dancing, creative writing, manicure and theatrical make-up, zumba dancing, drama, health and beauty, animation, keep fit, outdoor yoga, inflatable games, drumming, guitar, giant Jenga, spinning (16 years+), Doctor Bike Workshop (bring your bikes along to fix them up for summer), a chill-out space and a chance to meet the Butler Gallery’s Young Critics Group.

There will also be a Mixed Tag Rugby Blitz and a soccer blitz on the day for preregistered teams (for more information on this, contact Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership on 056 7720870). There will also be a photography competition for the best photograph that captures the essence of the day.

Young people are asked to note that to secure their place in the workshop(s) of their choice they must register for these on the day. Registration begins at 11.30am and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Free shuttle buses will be in operation from the Parade to the Watershed from 11am to 3pm and to ensure that no one goes hungry each young person who registers at the event will be given a voucher toward food costs. Participants are asked to note that Kilkenny County Council reserves the right to use any photographs taken during the day for future publications or promotions.

Kilkenny Youth Fest is a multi-agency initiative that began in 2009 when Kilkenny County Council was approached by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to organise a pilot recreation day for young people that raised the importance of recreation for young people and highlighted the variety of recreation facilities and opportunities for them. The council then approached a number of statutory, community and voluntary organisations locally to get involved in the venture and following on from the success of last year’s event the majority of organisations have renewed their commitment to Kilkenny Youth Fest with additional agencies getting involved as well.

For more information on the event, contact Martina Comerford on 056 7794926 or martina.comerford@kilkennycoco.ie.