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There are a number of long running events and programs that are held part of our Annual Youth Program.

Northern Composure Unplugged

Entries for the 2019 Unplugged competition are now open. Find out more and enter the comp.

This premier acoustic competition gives young acoustic musicians the opportunity to compete for cash, prizes and gain local exposure. Heats are held throughout November at locations across the Northern Beaches, with the Finals in early December.

24/7 Youth Film Festival

24/7 Youth Film Festival is a short film competition for young people aged 12 – 24 in which participants have just 24 hours to make a 7 minute short film. 2019 is the 18th year the competition will be running, and participants have the opportunity to win $5000 in prizes.

For information about this years competition and key dates visit the webpage.

Art Decko

Showcasing the creativity of local young people, ArtDecko is a series of workshops where skate decks are created into unique artworks. The skate decks are exhibited for the whole community to see and an in-door mini-ramp is set up as part of the annual exhibition.

In 2019 ArtDecko was held as part of National Youth Week Celebrations at the Dee Why PCYC.

Youth Exchange Brewarrina

On the Brewarrina Youth Exchange you can swap your ocean home for the outback in our beach to bush friendship program. Visit National Parks, shear a sheep, go to an outback radio station, see the opal mines at Lightning Ridge, learn about rural and Indigenous Culture and the 40,000-year-old Brewarrina fish traps.

Japan Student Exchange Program

For over 25 years Manly Council and now Northern Beaches Council have engaged with Odawara City Council in Japan to host an annual reciprocal language and cultural student exchange with Tokimeki International School in Odawara, Japan. 20 Northern Beaches students studying Japanese in year 8 or above get the chance to improve their Japanese language skills and learn firsthand about Japanese culture travelling to Odawara in September.

For information about the exchange and Council’s Sister City Programs visit the webpage.

Northern Composure Band Comp

The largest and longest-running youth band competition in the area and offers musicians local exposure as well as invaluable stage experience. The competition involves three rounds of heats during March, held at locations across the Northern Beaches, followed by the final in April as part of National Youth Week celebrations. With a total prize pool of over $10,000 up for grabs.

Northern Composure Band Comp 2019 Highlights:

  • 2019 was the 18th year of the competition with record numbers in attendance at the Dee Why PCYC
  • Heartlake took home the coveted Judge’s Choice award:
  • Drummer Giacomo Benvenuto said it was a ‘momentous occasion’ for the band, who also won the Audience Choice gong in 2017 and 2018. Heartlake secured a music production, recording and marketing package worth over $7,000, $1000 cash as well as $1,000 gift voucher from Mall Music.
  • Audience choice winners, Tarantino won $500 cash and were given the chance to perform again in front of a sold out crowd at the Underproof x Hockey Dad gig at Dee Why PCYC in June 2019

For more information contact the youth team at youth@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

National Youth Week

Youth Week is an annual event, celebrating young people across Australia. What began as a NSW Government initiative in 1989 has grown into a celebration of young people in every state and territory. National Youth Week is organised by young people for young people. It provides an opportunity for you to share ideas, attend live events, have your voices heard on issues of concern to you and showcase your talents. Celebrate your contribution to the community and take part in competitions. Most of all, have fun!

To find out dates for the next National Youth Week visit the website