Fairfax Youth Initiative


Fairfax Youth Initiative – Call for artists!

The dates for the 2017 Fairfax Youth Initiative have now been announced, with the major event returning to Swan Hill in September 18-21.

Beginning in Swan Hill in 1997, the Fairfax Youth initiative is a series of workshops, activities and performances specifically for young people aged between 12 and 17 from regional and remote Australia. The event is held annually in memory of George Fairfax, who grew up in Nangiloc, a small town in the Mallee region of Victoria.

Artist EOI’s Now Open

The Fairfax Youth Initiative organisers are currently looking for artists who would like the experience of working with young people in schools to create a performance piece to bring to Swan Hill for the event. This is a paid opportunity, and expressions of interest are now open.

The Fairfax Youth Initiative has three distinct phases:

  • Four days of in-community workshops to help create a 10 minute micro performance piece.
  • Two and a half days of rehearsals and workshops in Swan Hill, Victoria.
  • A final community performance at the Swan Hill Town Hall showcasing the new works created, as well as any new specialist skills learned during the week.

About the Fairfax Youth Initiative

The Fairfax Youth Initiative process promotes skills development, access and inclusion across a wide range of social demographics and communities for regional young people and their leaders.

The Fairfax Youth Initiative’s philosophy has always been that no child should miss out on this life changing experience because they don’t live in a big city, come from a low socio-economic background or have physical or learning disabilities.

Yvette Myhill, Performing Arts and Venue Manager from Swan Hill Rural City Council, organisers of the Fairfax Youth Initiative, is excited about the upcoming event. “The theme for the Fairfax Youth Initiative this year is exploring how art can be used to affect social change, so it is going to be amazing to see what regional young people bring to the table. This is such a unique opportunity for young people to work with professional artists – including this year’s Artistic Directors, Christy Flaws and Luke O’Connor from Asking for Trouble – to expand their own creative skills, as well as for artists to work in our local communities”.

For any enquiries, please contact fairfaxmanager@swanhill.vic.gov.au or (03) 5036 2328.


Artist Guidelines: Fairfax EOI guidelines 2017

Artists: Apply Here




Fairfax Youth Initiative is kindly supported by Festivals Australia and the Hugh D.T. Williamson Foundation