The Hills Shire Council celebrates our youth

Young people in the Sydney Hills are invited to the Live It Up Festival, The Hills Shire Council’s initiative as part of the National Youth Week program, which kicks off on March 31.

National Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people around the country between the ages of 12 and 25 and this year Council has teamed up with the Hills Youth Army to engage with residents through Live It Up – a program of events and activities which are aligned with this year’s theme, ‘Get Involved, Be Heard and Make a Difference’.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane said Youth Week is a time for young people to find out more about the opportunities they have to be more engaged with their community and do what they do best; get creative, imaginative and get involved.

“We are lucky to have such a diverse, vibrant and inspiring young population here in The Hills,” Mayor Keane said.

“Youth Week is an opportunity for them to come together, express their views and ideas, act on issues that affect their lives, and plan and enjoy the many events we have planned for Live It Up.

“It’s also about creating opportunities for our young residents to have fun and make new connections in a safe and encouraging environment. We look forward to celebrating our local youth and all their great achievements, which is highlighted during National Youth Week,” Mayor Keane added.

Activities include a coding workshop at Castle Hill Library, Talent Quest and the Short Film Festival which will conclude the week’s festivities on Saturday, April 8 at Castle Hill Showground.

 Live It Up Festival

Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 2pm-8pm
Location: Castle Hill Showground
Cost: Free entry, food and drinks available for purchase

The Live It Up Festival returns to Castle Hill Showground this April as part of national Youth Week celebrations.

As part of the event, young people will be able to enjoy music and dance performances, DJ, food trucks, Hills Daily Grind coffee, Short Film Festival, face-painting, henna, rock climbing, bubble soccer, Sydney Thunder Bus, wheelchair basketball, yoga and fitness, Western Sydney Wanderers, skate boarding and the chance to meet local youth services.

Entry to the festival is free with food and drinks available at a cost.

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Talent Quest

Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 2pm-4pm
Location: Castle Hill Showground

Local musicians, singers and dancers can register now to perform live at the Live It Up Festival on Saturday, April 8. Open to youth aged between 12-24 years, entrants simply need to upload their audition video (maximum three minutes) on YouTube and include the URL in their registration.

Entries close on March 31.

To enter, visit:

Short Film Festival

Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 6pm-8pm
Location: Castle Hill Showground

Aspiring directors and screenwriters will have the chance to showcase their skills with the Short Film Festival this youth week.

Youth are encouraged to stand up for something they’re passionate about, tell their story or just have fun through a 2-5 minute short film that incorporates the 2017 theme “Get Involved, Be Heard, Make a Difference.”

Entries will be judged by a panel of professional judges, with finalist entries to be screened on Saturday, 8 April at the Live It Festival. Winners will be announced on the night of The Festival.

Entries close on March 31

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Poster Design Competition

Budding graphic designers and artists have the chance to see their designs used as part of the 2017 Live It Up Marketing Campaign when they enter the Live It Up Poster Design Competition.

Entrants are encouraged to explore the issues and stories that resonate with them, centring their designs on the Youth Week theme of “Get Involved, Be Heard, Make a Difference.”

Open to Year 3 – Year 7 students from schools based in The Hills LGA.

Entries close on March 31.

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Coding workshop

Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Castle Hill Library
Cost: $20 per person

This one-day coding workshop is designed by CODE4FUN for high school students who have a passion for all things digital.

Open to 12-18 year olds.

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