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Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

National Youth Week 2002 is here!

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today announced the arrival of Australia’s single largest celebration of young people, National Youth Week 2002.

“The theme for this year’s Youth Week is “Bring It On!” Not only does the week give young people the forum to celebrate who they are, it is also an opportunity for the community to recognise the valuable contribution young people make.

“Youth can express their interests, creativity and enthusiasm by participating in any of the 2,000 events to be held around the country.

“The week will kick off with a free concert at Darling Harbour in Sydney featuring leading musical acts Scandal’Us and Groove Terminator, as well as four up and coming acts Elephant Gun, Louder, Primary and Sick Puppies.

“There will be Youth Week events held around the country through the week. It is estimated that up to 4 million young people around Australia will take part in competitions, film festivals, debates, skateboarding exhibitions, forums, concerts and online events.

“As you’d expect from one of the most popular events on the youth calendar, there’s no shortage of things to do. The range of the events is staggering and reflects the diversity of Australia’s young people.

“The internet plays an important part in Youth Week with many virtual events. Thanks to ninemsn, young people will have the chance to chat online with celebrities such as Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting, Triple J’s Rosie Beaton, and Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

“People can also have a say in giving talented and creative young Australians a headstart, by voting for the winners of the National Youth Week RockIT, WriteIT, ShootIT and DesignIT competitions at youthweek.com. Winners will be announced on Triple J on Thursday, 11 April.

“National Youth Week is organised by young people for young people who want to have their say and create and enjoy a great range of events. Let’s bring it on!” Mr Anthony said.

National Youth Week runs from 7 to 14 April. More information, competitions and a calendar of events can be found on the National Youth Week website.