THIS month’s Youth Market encourages young people to be peacemakers under the theme Peaceful Youth, Happy Isles.
“Young people are powerful instruments of peace; when we let them explore peace in their own way we are giving them confidence to become peaceful citizens and to inspire other youths to build peace in their communities,” Youth Market Officer, Gino Oti said.
To ensure fun and competition, the upcoming Youth market will feature an acoustic song competition and a dance competition with more creativity and style.
The dance competition will be judged on a variety of criteria, including how well the competitors interpret peace in their own dance and movements.
There will also be entertainment, with a lineup of famous bands and artists including Dezine, Jah Boy and the Yellow Ribbon Band, a group that focuses on the social rehabilitation of former prisoners.
The fun, three-day event will be held Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 September 2014 at the Art Gallery compound.
The event ends a day before International Peace Day on 21 September.
Applications to participate in September’s Youth Market are still open, and close on 11 September 2014. Forms can be downloaded on Youth Market Facebook page or collected at the [email protected] Office.
Also available are applications for the October’s Youth Market Choir Competition form, in which local community groups are encouraged to apply and participate.
The Choir Competition is supported by Rotary International and will have great prizes up for grabs.
The Youth Market is an initiative of [email protected] which provides a venue for young entrepreneurs to sell their products and young artists to showcase their talent.
[email protected] is implemented by SPC with the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labor and Immigration, the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace and Ministry of Culture and Tourism. It is fully funded by the Australian Aid bilateral programme.