National Youth Week celebrates cultural diversity
National Youth Week 2016 kicked off today with a showcase of multicultural youth performances around the theme of "My Community is Your Community".
Youth Minister Zoe Bettison attended the state launch this morning at Multicultural Youth South Australia, where events included music and dance performances, cultural cooking demonstrations and street art.
"This year's theme celebrates and recognises the contributions, achievements and views of our diverse communities, and especially of young people," Ms Bettison said.
"The theme was chosen by a public vote of young people aged 12-25, and I'm happy to see the youth of our state getting so involved.
"Many interesting and exciting events are planned during National Youth week, including art and craft markets, a Mexican-themed Youth Fiesta, music workshops and the sharing of multicultural meals.
"I encourage all young people to get involved and attend at least one event in their local community this week," Ms Bettison said.
A total of $130,000 in funding was distributed to 52 community groups and organisations across the state for events and activities during the week.
"These events aim to bring young people together with their local communities to celebrate cultural diversity.
"South Australia is home to people from over 200 countries, and the events organised for national Youth Week celebrate this wonderful diversity," Ms Bettison said.
More information on National Youth Week 2016, including a map of events, is available at www.officeforyouth.sa.gov.au; www.facebook.com/NYWSA and www.twitter.com/SA_DCSI by using #nywsa16.