Health on centre stage at YOH Fest

Louise AllinghamNorth West Telegraph
Karratha Senior High School students prepare for YOH Fest.
Camera IconKarratha Senior High School students prepare for YOH Fest. Credit: Rebecca Parish

Karratha and Hedland Senior High Schools will go head-to-head with dance and drama performances this weekend at the Youth on Health Festival.

YOH Fest is one of WA’s biggest performing arts programs in which schools from across the State put together their own dance sequence, drama play, art piece, media production or song performance while promoting healthy lifestyles.

The Pilbara heats’ best performers will go on to the YOH Fest grand final in Mandurah in October.

YOH Fest is this year celebrating its 20th anniversary and has a large focus on youth health and works to encourage young people to make positive lifestyle choices and build confidence and leadership skills.

YOH Fest chief executive Rhys Williams said the event’s growth over the past 20 years showed it was a platform for health education that engaged and excited young people.

“Every year I’m so inspired by how these young people not only inform audiences on the health issues most relevant to them, but also how to tackle these challenges head on,” he said.

“YOH Fest just shows us that by just stepping up, coming together and identifying how we can harness our collective talents, we can create something that makes a difference.

“The performances we see in the Pilbara always stand out to us, so we really want to grow the heats and foster the opportunity for local young people to express themselves on stage.”

Visit yohfest.com.au.

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