Project 8 uses spoken word, film for youths to make positive messages for their peers

Kirin Gill, Sinead McKay and Ricky Bloomfield make some music as part of Project 8.
Kirin Gill, Sinead McKay and Ricky Bloomfield make some music as part of Project 8.

South East Arts has announced the next stage of Project 8, a music and digital media program for the next generation, to promote positive messages about staying safe and having fun.

On Thursday, July 18 in Eden, the Project 8 taster workshop takes place at Campbell Page from 10am to 3pm for youth aged 14-20.

Participants will collaborate with established regional artists including spoken word artist Meaghan Holt and filmmaker Carl Broman to develop a video sending positive messages to their peers about having a good time - safely.

This free workshop is great for young people who are interested in spoken word, digital technology or video creation.

Bookings and further information can be found by clicking here.

South East Arts communications manager Kate Howarth said it was is a great opportunity for people to get some hands-on experience with professional mentoring.

The first video from Project 8 - Take Care, Be Aware

"We are really pleased to see yet another great example of the arts creating health outcomes - especially for young people," she said.

"Having someone like spoken-word artist Meaghan Holt aka Sassi Nuyum on board is really great.

"She sends a positive and powerful message through her words and has a lot of experience working with young people.

"Carl Broman is an experienced and imaginative filmmaker, who has worked around the country with people from all walks of life. "

On Saturday, July 6, the song written during the last Project 8 session in Bega in April will be further developed with young musicians and Ricky Bloomfield at Merimbula School of Music.

They will record a full version of the song Take Care Be Aware and get a hands-on professional recording studio experience.

People aged 14-20 from around Bega, and also Cooma, worked together to create a pitch to their peers through music and video on healthy lifestyles, mentored by singer-songwriter Jasmin Williams, digital media artist Scott Baker and filmmaker Kyle Wilson.

Project 8 will return again later in the year with continuing workshops in Eden and kicking off further north in Cobargo and Wallaga Lake.

All these workshops are made possible by a grant from the Australian Government through the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, led by South East Arts in partnership with the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) and other agencies, aimed at preventing and reducing alcohol and other drug-related harms at a grass roots level.

"Project 8 is about supporting young people to create the best alcohol and drug harm minimisation messages for their peers," Project 8 coordinator Gabrielle Powell said.

"By building a greater understanding of the evidence base for alcohol and other drug-related harm minimisation, we will be focusing on increasing resilience in local youth by helping them to create new messages."

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