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Youth Arts Festivals

Festivals who program work by, with and for young people and their families.

  • Emerging Writer's Festival
    Celebrating Australia's evolving literary landscape, the festival brings writers, editors, publishers and literary performers together with the reading public for panel sessions (covering the art, craft and business of being a writer), readings and workshops.
  • Fringe Festival
    Each year the Fringe Festival provides an umbrella for Melbourne's independent artists to present their contemporary, innovative and trend-setting art. Fringe is open access, meaning artists are responsible for the creation and presentation of their own events.
  • Sweet Streets
    Sweet Streets is proudly presented by Melbourne Stencil Festival in conjunction with the City of Yarra & 3RRR and celebrates & embraces the diversity of street art.
  • Melbourne Writer's Festival
    Melbourne Writers’ Festival was set up to raise awareness of the importance of the contribution of writers and their work to Australian society and to foster and encourage interest in literature generally, especially amongst the young.
  • Next Wave
    Next Wave is a biennial festival and artist development organisation, presenting new work by the next wave of Australian artists.
  • Overload Poetry Festival
    The Overload Poetry Festival (OPF) is an annual sixteen-day festival that showcases some of the best poets in Australia and overseas. Overload promotes  a program of regular readings and various poetry events around Victoria.
  • St Kilda Festival
    An outdoor community street festival along St Kilda’s foreshore, the St Kilda Festival presents free live music, extreme sports, dance and children’s activities in a carnival-like atmosphere. The festival also includes exhibitions and performances in St Kilda's galleries.


A colourful stencil painting

Boronia Heights College 2007

Crowds at Festival with shipping containers as rooms

Next Wave Festival 2006