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Creative Northland – Connecting Northland’s Art Sector

Northland Youth Summit Arts Festival 2019

Date: 9 am Wednesday 28th August to 5 pm Friday 30th August
Location: Kaitaia, Far North, NZ
Workshop Venues: Te Ahu Centre & Roma Marae
Youth Accommodation: Te Paatu Marae
Food: Provided by caterers – allergies catered for
Cost: $0.00 (FREE)
Applications Dates: 1st May – 21st June (CLOSED)

Application Form (Online):

Online Application

Application Form (PDF):

Please send any forms completed as a PDF to events@creativenorthland.com

The Northland Youth Summit Arts Festival is an annual event which is held in a different location around Northland each year with 2019 being hosted in Kaitaia. This free event is for youth aged 12-24 residing in Northland with 80 places available.

Experts in their field facilitate and mentor youth in various creative workshops over 3 days. All youth stay on site for the entirety of the event with dedicated staff and mentors at a local marae. All catering is provided for the 3 days and transport is available to the event from different areas around Northland.

Each workshop will have a youth mentor to ensure the three-day programme is fully immersive, engaging and nurturing for the youth attendees. At the completion of the Northland Youth Summit, each group will present their finished work to the other youth participants and family members.

To apply: Youth will need to complete either the online or PDF application form, selecting their first choice, second choice and a third choice option for which workshops they wish to attend as we cannot guarantee placement in the first choice workshop. Youth under 18 years old will require parent or guardian consent.


Purpose: Song composition and performance.
Outcome: Completed Song with other young musicians performed on the last day of the event.

Facilitated by: Jesse Samu

Purpose: Learn Film production skills and techniques including filming & editing.
Outcome: Completed short film shown on the last day of the event.

Facilitated by: Facebox – Kevin Etherington & Raewyn Barry

Purpose: Learn dance choreography skills.
Outcome: Completed Dance to be performed on the final day of the event.

Facilitated by: Jenn Ruka & Leshaan Tanagriki Pou

Purpose: Learn 3D Digital Projection Mapping skills.
Outcome: Completed projection mapping project to be displayed on the final day of the event.

Purpose: Learn painting techniques
Outcome: Completed artwork created using paint to be exhibited on the final day of the event.

Facilitated by: North Tec – Faith McManus & Lorraine King

Purpose: Learn skills and techniques for theatrical performance.
Outcome: Completed theatre piece to be performed on the last day of the event.

Facilitated by: Georgia May Russ

Purpose: Learn Fashion Design Techniques
Outcome: Completed Wearable Arts Design to be presented at a miniature runway show on the final day of the event. Aim of entering in the Northland Bernina Fashion Awards after the event.

Facilitated by: Shelly Matiu & Peter Vosper

Purpose: Learn Sculpture & Weaving techniques.
Outcome: Completed sculpture and flax item to be displayed on the final day of the event in an exhibition style showcase.

Facilitated by: Te Hemoata Henare


Key Funder
Creative New Zealand is the key funder providing a majority of the money for us to host his event.
” Creative New Zealand encourages, promotes and supports the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders through funding, capability building, our international programme and advocacy. ” (creativenz.govt.nz)

Key Educational Sponsor
North Tec has agreed to come on board as our key educational sponsor for the next 2 years in which they will contribute cash donation each year as well as in-kind contributions. This is building from the sponsorship received for the 2018 event where they contributed cash, venues and equipment. 
Our partnership with NorthTec acts as a gateway for youth attending the event into further studies within the Creative Sector. 
There will be a number of the tutors from NorthTec attending the event as Facilitators of various workshops. This allows youth to gain a first-hand experience of what it might be like to attend North Tec and make valuable connections with the tutors.

Music Workshop Sponsor
The Electoral Commission runs parliamentary elections and keeps the electoral roll up to date.  Visit the enrolment team while you’re at the Youth Summit to talk about getting on the roll so you can vote in elections and have your voice heard.  For more information go to www.vote.nz or www.facebook.com/ivotenz.

For more information or if you have any questions please contact the events team on 09 430 0710 or events@creativenorthland.com

Welcome to Creative Northland!

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