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The youth of Ipswich have spoken ‘Tropical Block Party’ they said

It’s time to dust off that Hawaiian shirt to wear loud and proud at the Tropical Block Party this Saturday night at Ipswich Festival.

There will be a silent disco, glitter bar, flower crown making and even ukulele workshops.

The night is aimed at Ipswich youth and has been put together by the Ipswich Youth Advisory Council (IYAC) which is an Ipswich City Council youth engagement initiative for young people aged 16 to 25.

Organisers Caragh Dickson and Kori Besgrove have spent the past two months searching the aisles for grass skirts, mocktail accessories and also working closely with mentors from the Ipswich Festival team and the Community Engagement Branch.

“I have really enjoyed working alongside council to create the Youth Arena,” Ms Besgrove said.

“I have worked alongside an amazing team of dedicated people, and I believe this experience will enrich my career in socially engaged art practice.”

The Youth Arena aims to target 16 to 25 year olds will be in full swing over Friday and Saturday night. The Youth Arena is an alcohol free space.

Arts, Social Development and Community Engagement Department Chief Operating Officer Caroline McMahon said IYAC members have shown a great deal of dedication planning both nights of entertainment at the Heritage Bank Festival Village, The Youth Arena.

“Importantly they are providing local youth with a safe and inclusive space to celebrate and be entertained,” Ms McMahon said.

“By empowering our young people to develop and implement youth events themselves, they are able to create community-enhancing events that are relevant and appealing to Ipswich’s young people.”

Head along to the Heritage Bank Festival Village, The Youth Arena at Timothy Moloney Park on Friday, 12 April and Saturday, 13 April from 5.30pm to 9.30pm for two huge nights focusing on local youth and culture.

The Ipswich Festival Youth Arena is proudly supported by Ipswich City Council, the Ipswich Youth Advisory Council (IYAC) and BEMAC. 

Ipswich Festival

From 11 April to 14 April, the Ipswich Festival is bringing back all the favourites such as Festival Parade of Light, Honk! and Fire On The River. In addition there are free music and theatre performances for kids, youth and adults. Don’t miss the huge line up of activities and entertainment across the festival weekend.

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