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Gold Coast Youth

The City recognises the valuable contribution young people make to our city. Find out about the City of Gold Coast Youth Plan and related activities.

Gold Coast Youth


Exhibit @ Exchange

Festival of Ideas, Gold Coast 23 to 24 June 2017

Exchange, Festival of Ideas is a fantastic program of free workshops, speakers, panels and great entertainment.

Find out more about the Exchange Ideas Festival program schedule and register now.

The Festival runs from Friday 23 June from 3pm to 8pm and continues until Saturday 24 June.

Friday 23 June

Come and experience food trucks, outdoor stalls, activities, and entertainment featuring interactive art, poetry, dance and more. The park and main hall sessions are all free and open to all ages.

Friday evening will include the opening of Exhibit@Exchange, showcasing original artists, songwriters and creators. The official opening will be at 5pm followed by Tim Baker who is a renowned surf journalist, best selling author and three-time winner of the Surfing Australia Culture Award.

Festival participants are challenged to take part in #southportmoreorless to photograph (or provide images of) five things in the CBD they'd like to have more of.

Saturday 24 June

From 10am Exhibit@Exchange will be open to all with panel presentations and activations in the park.

Panels and speakers include discussions with Gold Coast's key industry leaders, opportunities for young creatives on the Gold Coast and a Q&A with City of Gold Coast Councillors.

Talks will include an interactive session on creating sustainable and vibrant public spaces that celebrate people and culture with Debra Cushing, and a session with Chris Evans from Wounded Pelican on 'Taking on Everest and more'.

Free workshops
If you are 18 to 25 years old, you can also sign up for over 30 free workshops:

List of free workshops

  • How to get your first home
  • 3D printing
  • Creativity with free workshops on embroidery, painting, clay meditation, sculpture and portraiture drawings
  • Having great skin health
  • Nurturing and nourishing yourself
  • How to utilise and build your business connections
  • Choosing your career
  • Making great coffee
  • Augmented reality
  • Marketing yourself and getting a great bio
  • Mindfulness and stress reduction techniques
  • Nice easy simple tips for cooking
  • I – express the evolution of culture through you – tips on telling your story
  • Exchange sounds – bring your instrument or voice to the Metro Jam
  • Bike maintenance
  • How to communicate effectively and deliver an effective elevator pitch
  • Life hacks and tenancy advice
  • Creating virtual reality worlds

National Youth Week

2017 National Youth Week was held between the 31 March to 9 April 2017. The Gold Coast was transformed into a wonderland of free and low cost activities to celebrate Youth Week. Events were held all over the city from Upper Coomera to Coolangatta.

Level Up

The City of Gold Coast’s youth arts incubator program Level Up aims to engage emerging young artists transitioning from school, work or tertiary studies to a career in the creative industries sector on the Gold Coast.

It will provide a unique opportunity for emerging young artists to take their arts practice to the next level and be a part of the city’s vibrant cultural landscape.

Find out more about the Level Up program.

Gold Coast Youth Plan 2020

Gold Coast Youth Plan 2020 - A plan to embrace our young potential was adopted by Council on 18 October 2016.

The Plan was presented to Council by 2015 Junior Mayor Zuzana and 2016 Junior Mayor William. The Plan provides a strategic framework for the delivery of City services to the growing number of young people living in the city.

Take a look at the video:

Young people make an invaluable contribution to the city. In 2014, there were 106,197 young people between the ages of 10 and 24 living on the Gold Coast, representing almost 20 per cent of the total population. The City provides infrastructure like skate, BMX, and park facilities, and delivers many programs and activities for young people in our community centres, libraries, and parks.

We're also committed to hearing young people’s thoughts and ideas through year-round youth engagement programs, encouraging young people to share their unique perspectives and fresh insights.

Check out the links on our Youth services and events page.

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