Be YOUnique Mad Pride Youth Event 2014

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Weave Youth & Community Service’s annual Mad Pride Youth Event was held on Wednesday 8th October 2014 during Mental Health Month at an exciting new venue managed by Brand X in the new Central Parklands Shopping Centre on Broadway.

This year our theme was "Be YOUnique" and the night celebrated young people, diversity, difference and ignited conversations about mental health and drug use that encourage people to reach out, speak out and get the support they need.

Mad Pride 2014 was a true celebration of the creative talents of young people across the communities we work in- Redfern, Waterloo, Glebe, Marrickville and La Perouse. The event kicked off with superstar Prinnie Stevens from “The Voice” opening the night, followed by a fantastic representation of performers from our Kool Kids Club and Waratah Education Program. Our very own talented staff member Evie J Willie showcased her vocal skills inspiring everyone. This year we were able to secure local Aboriginal headliners “Sky High” who is signed with Elephant Tracks and “Shannel Dargan” recently featured on X-Factor making the top 24. Both Sky High and Shannel have a personal connection to Weave. Sky High participated in Weave hip hop workshops when she was 16 years old, and Shanell is a regular at our Social Group activities and represented Weave in the NAIDOC Oz Tag team. Closing the night was True Vibenation a very talented, energetic local group showcasing their hip hop, Afro funk soul music. They were incredible and blew everyone away with their YOUnique sound and performance.

A key part of the night was the launch of #weavesurvivaltips, a campaign aiming to invite all people from all walks of life to share their tips for getting through tough times. We were privileged to have the beautiful actress Rarriwuy Hick from Redfern Now, launch this campaign as well as facilitate discussions raising awareness around suicide. This resonated with many people that had been impacted by the suicide of Rhiniyah Johnson and provided a platform for the community to draw on each others strengths. In acknowledgment of the amazing strength and resilience displayed by the some of Rhiniyah’s friends and family Weave presented the Redfern All Blacks Women’s Memorial team with their winning jersey that is to be framed in memory of Rhiniyah and the achievements of the community.

As well as the live performances we had a gallery space showcasing the creative work of clients in psychiatric hospitals that our outreach art workers facilitate, as well as a showcase of “Masks” representing the faces of the young women we work with in the Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre. An interactive art installation was part of this space, click here to see the video that is sure to make you smile:

Overall Mad Pride 2014 was a great success creating a vibrant, supportive and collaborative space for young people to showcase their talents and celebrate their YOUniqueness with over 200 people attending. A big thanks to the Weave family, staff, clients and broader community for making Mad Pride 2014 truly YOUnique and an overall fantastic success!

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