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Creative Northland has an ongoing commitment to making sure that the arts sector in Northland is dynamic, thriving, influential and productive.

Northland YOUth Summit Arts Festival 2017

The Northland Youth Summit, held in Dargaville on 6 and 7 September, was a platform for young people to develop the confidence to speak up about the issues that matter to them and their communities.

This year the summit consisted of five workshops led by experts in the creative mediums as below:

  • Digital film/video
  • Music
  • Paint & mural
  • Performance & theatre
  • 3D projection mapping

Youth mentors and guides joined the workshops to ensure the two day programme was fully immersive, engaging and nurturing for the youth attendees. At the completion of the Northland Youth Summit 2017, each group presented their finished work, with the film/video group having filmed the two day process and presentations as a documentary record. The collaborative aspect meant music from the workshop will be included as a soundtrack for the film/video and resulting images will also become part of the ‘Projecting Youth Futures’ 3D projection mapping travelling show around Northland.

RadioNZ interviewed two of the participants after the Summit listen here to see what they got from the event.

Check out the short film that the digital film/video workshop created over the two-day summit


A large part of the NYS concept is that the venue moves around Northland. The Northland Youth Summit was last held in Kaikohe in 2015 and this year it will be hosted in Dargaville where the first ever youth summit started.

Leading up to the Northland Youth Summit in 2016 Creative Northland held three youth workshops in Kaikohe, Kaitaia & Kerikeri where participants told stories of their past and wove them into their own dreams for their towns and futures using design and projection mapping. (Projection mapping takes a moving image ie a film or moving artwork and projects it onto buildings, landscape and objects. Check out this YouTube clip for an example

The work done in the Northland Youth Summit workshops will be projection mapped by specialists to develop an epic installation and toured around all the towns in Northland that were involved.

Northland Youth Summit 2015 promotional video

 Northland Youth Summit 2015 

Behind the Scenes 2015

Northland Youth Summit 2015 winning team’s entry into ‘Inspiring Stories’ Competition 

Northland Youth Summit 2013

Love my life Festival 2013