Art, Film & Song competition to feature at major youth festival

Church calls Australian youth to showcase their talents ahead of major youth festival
ACYF Competition

Young people in the Diocese of Parramatta  and across Australia are invited to showcase their musical, artistic and film making talents ahead of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) later this year.

The Festival is seeking entries from singers and songwriters for the official theme song of ACYF. Do you have what it takes or do you know someone who could compose the lyrics for the official song to be professionally recorded and sung by more than 15,000 young people this December?

This exciting opportunity is open to all ages, however, the song must appeal to young people by engaging them in a way that touches their hearts and minds. The song must reflect the joyful and exciting atmosphere of the Festival. As an agent of evangelisation, the song should draw young people to Jesus and the Church. Entries close on 26 May 2017.

Catholic Youth Parramatta are encouraging young people from the Diocese to enter into the competition, asking in a Facebook post to to do the “diocese proud”.

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival is also seeking entries to a short film competition and an art competition that will be curated into an exhibition at the Festival to be held at Sydney Olympic Park from 7 to 9 December 2017.

More than 15,000 festival goers will view the exhibits during the biggest national gathering in the life of the Church this year.

Reflecting the event theme, Open new horizons for spreading joy: young people, faith and vocational discernment, the short films can be up to three minutes in duration.

Artwork entries should also explore and illustrate an understanding of the Festival theme. A completed body of artwork must not exceed one square metre in area for two-dimensional works and one cubic metre in volume for three-dimensional works.

Both competitions are open to upcoming filmmakers and artists from Year 9 to 30 years old.

Malcolm Hart, Director of the Office for Youth said, “These artistic and creative elements of the festival are a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate the many gifts and talents of young people.

I encourage every pash, school and community in Australia to invite and encourage their young people to participate and to grab hold of this opportunity by exploring and sharing their faith through song writing, film making and artistic creations. A personal encouragement can be just the spark needed for a young person to seize an opportunity, so spread the word in your local school, parish or youth ministry team”.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is hosting the three-day Festival in partnership with the Archdiocese of Sydney. Focused on young people between Year 9 and 30 years, the program will feature a series of workshops, concerts, exhibitions, keynote addresses and plenary sessions exploring different aspects of faith.

Further information about each competition is available on the ACYF Website.

The closing date for entries is 16 October 2017

By ACBC Office for Youth with contributions from the Diocese of Parramatta

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