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Shockwave ‘Back to the Future’ Festival 2018 a HIT!

The 2018 Shockwave ‘Back to the Future’ Festival was a huge success among Central Western Queensland Youth. Saturday, August 25th 2018 saw the main & surrounding streets of Blackall come to life as Youth from all over Central Western Queensland flocked to the tiny, drought-stricken town to not only celebrate Blackall turning 150 years, but to immerse themselves in the creative opportunities that were on offer at the 11th Annual Shockwave Youth Arts Festival. The Festival is the ONLY Festival

Young people build confidence and self esteem during tough times

The Shockwave Program and Festival is a unique project run by local councils to address the wellbeing of young people affected by drought in Central West QLD. Shockwave Mentor, Pip Kelly says “Young people can sometimes be left out of the picture. Shockwave has a whole of community approach, one which focuses on the leadership of young people while also bringing families together, to relax and celebrate, despite stressful times.” The program provides year round creative skills workshops in Longreach,

Shockwave Workshops – TAMBO

Shockwave will be in Tambo the first week of Term 4 running workshops in the afternoon at the Grassland Art Gallery workshop space. We will have talented arts worker Tiffany Beckwith-Skinner with us from Brisbane running workshops in face masks. These will not be your everyday face mask but brilliantly eye catching and creative masks. These face masks will be featured in the Gen West Youth Art Exhibition at the Tambo Grassland Art Gallery. If you would like to display

Gen Connected – Shockwave Festival 2015

The 2015 Shockwave Festival was held in Blackall on Saturday the 1st of August at the Blackall Memorial Hall and Skate Park. “Gen Connected” was this year’s theme and over 300 young people from the Central West came to enjoy the activities on offer. For the first time Lacey Cluff from Winton ran a workshop at the festival which involved weaving fabric into copper wire. The wire represented hair of the girl that Lacey had painted on MDF board. All

Blackall Youth Centre Starts Vegie Garden

Lily McIntosh, Youth Officer at Blackall-Tambo Regional Council has started a vegetable garden with young people from around Blackall to show that growing your own vegies can be a rewarding way to stay healthy, get physical in the garden and eat delicious and nutritious food. With local vegie prices soaring ($9 per cauliflower!) , it’s great to see Lily and young people showing some initiative and growing their own! How did the community garden get started? Lily: It was the young people’s

Another Great Festival – Aug 1 2015

The 2015 Shockwave Festival was held in Blackall on Saturday the 1st of August at the Blackall Memorial Hall and Skate Park. “Gen Connected” was this year’s theme and over 300 young people from the Central West came to enjoy the activities on offer. For the first time Lacey Cluff from Winton ran a workshop at the festival which involved weaving fabric into copper wire. The wire represented hair of the girl that Lacey had painted on MDF board. All

Shockwave Festival Program 2015

10am Festival Kicks off 1pm Official Opening MAIN STAGE 10am to 6pm Featuring Caitlin James, Tanae Beatty Smithy, Out of Time Blackall SS Band. Showcasing Longreach, Winton, Tambo & Blackall. CREATIVE WORKSHOPS  10am -1pm & 2pm – 5pm Lantern making 10am -1pm & 1.30pm – 5pm Screen printing 10am-1pm Leather art 10am -1pm & 2pm – 5pm Art with Lacey ALL DAY Rugging and weaving HIP-HOP WORKSHOPS 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm Dance and beat box in the hall

May/June Workshops 2015

The central west was a hive of activity last week with the second round of Shockwave workshops for 2015 taking place. The workshops were a resounding success with upwards of 150 young people attending 25 workshops and 2 Showcases over 6 days. Winton and Blackall hosted workshops packed with Music, Hip Hop, Movie Making, Photography, Weaving and Visual Art. Facilitators included Shockwave regulars Melinda Wells and young facilitator Ebz Christopher, newcomer Dan Baebler and Local Artists Kylie Britton (Winton) and

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