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Urban SmARTs brings together youth arts projects

Urban SmARTS brought together many of STARTTS’ ongoing youth arts projects in a vibrant celebration and showcase of STARTTS’ arts programs with young people. On the 8th of August Powerhouse Youth Theatre (PYT) in Fairfield played host to an exciting array of youth-led projects using artistic activities to build connections between refugee young people and to overcome trauma.

Urban SmARTs was a day of music, dance, workshops and performances for young people. All of STARTTS’ arts and culture based youth programs were brought together in one place, and included the following projects:
Afro Contemporary Youth Dance (ACYD)
Project Bantu Capoeira program
Healing Through Evan Yako’s Drumming\
• clay workshops
• plus a guest performance by South Western Sydney Youth Choir

STARTTS’ youth-based arts projects have proven to be incredibly popular with young people as they provide a safe place to explore issues of trauma and adjusting to life in Australia, while also offering a chance to bond with other young people, all while having fun!

In the words of our young clients:

“Whatever you have in your mind you just dance and forget everything”

“I came out of nothing and STARTTS made me the person I am – they taught me how to go for my dream”

See below for a selection of photos from the event


STARTTS aims to be a safe place for all people and cultures. We work alongside people with expansive sexualities, genders and bodies with refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to celebrate the diverse and rich lives of individuals and communities.


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