Future young creatives of Melbourne are set to wow audiences this week, with more than 100 budding artists participating in the annual City of Melbourne Signal Summer Showcase. The aspiring artists from across greater Melbourne have been honing their skills over the past 10 days, perfecting their pieces for the one night showcase this Friday 25 January 2019.
Chair of the City of Melbourne Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio, Councillor Rohan Leppert, said the young artists represent the future of Melbourne’s creative community. “For the past two weeks these keen creatives have been involved in intensive workshops, developing songs, spoken word performances, movements, sculptures, animations, street art and more in preparation for this event,” Cr Leppert said.
“Taking part in intensive workshops they’ve spent countless hours working on their pieces in tandem with other like-minded young people and with the mentorship of talented and established artists. The Signal Summer Showcase is the culmination of all their hard work and dedication and a truly unique opportunity to glimpse the incredibly diverse and skilled young artists who are keen to make their names known in our city.”
The Summer Showcase is a night of celebration, with a twilight showing of exhibitions, screenings, music and performances at the Les Erdi Plaza in Northbank from 7pm to 9pm.
Hosted by Chi Nguyen, featuring DJ Kyaanz and sister act Fakaoho and Tangata Paea Tupou, the night will feature: songs and spoken word performances made with Outer Urban Projects; theatre made with Western Edge Youth Arts; a sculptural exhibition made with Pia Murphy, Kate Rhode, Lara Chamas, Paola Ibarra and curated by Kendall Manz; live street art demonstrations made with Outlines Collective; and Stop Motion Animation made with Hillary Green and Tomohiko Harada.
“I was part of Signal’s Young Creatives’ Lab 2018 and it was one of the most inspiring and eye-opening experiences I’ve ever had,” said Ms Nguyen. “That’s why I am so excited to be hosting the 2019 Signal Summer Showcase, an event full of important and powerful artistic expressions from young creatives – the future of Australia”.
Signal is the City of Melbourne’s premier creative studio for young people aged 13 to 25 years. Located in the heart of Melbourne on Northbank, Signal offers young people the opportunity to work alongside artists in a collaborative way, through multi-platform workshops and mentoring; as well as providing young emerging artists with opportunities and spaces for exploration, creation and showcasing.
For more information about the Signal Summer Showcase, visit: www.melbourne.vic.gov.au for details.
Image: courtesy of City of Melbourne