Get creative as Australian Catholic Youth Festival approaches!

For thousands of years, faith has been expressed in myriad ways, including through various forms of art. Art allows faith to be expressed uniquely in ways that words may not be able to achieve.

If you are a young person between Year 9 and age 30, there is an opportunity to create an artwork or short film to be shown at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney in December.

These competitions are a way to use God-given talent to inspire others. Those who see your artwork or film may want to know more, or deepen their faith because they see the joy your faith gives you.

Entries will be curated into an exhibition which will be shown at Sydney Olympic Park for the duration of the Festival, 7-9 December 2017. A short three-minute film or artwork must reflect the Festival’s theme, “Open new horizons for spreading joy: young people, faith and vocational discernment”. A completed body of artwork must not exceed one square metre in area for two-dimensional works and one cubic metre in volume for three-dimensional works. Short films can be no longer than three minutes.

First prize for each of the competitions is $500 and the second prize is $300. Participants at the Festival will also vote for their favourite art work and film with a People’s Choice prize of $400 on offer. The closing date for entries is 16 October. Now is the time to get creative!

Malcolm Hart, Director of the Office for Youth, Archdiocese of Sydney, said, "These artistic and creative elements of the festival are a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate the many gifts and talents of young people.

“I encourage every parish, school and community in Australia to invite and encourage their young people to participate and to grab hold of this opportunity by exploring and sharing their faith through film making and artistic creations. A personal encouragement can be just the spark needed for a young person to seize an opportunity, so spread the word in your local school, parish or youth ministry team."

Whom can you encourage to apply?

Further competition details are available on the ACYF website. Festival registrations are now open.

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Brooke is the Administrative Assistant for the Communications Team in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

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