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Georges River Council launches 2021 'It's a Mood' youth festival

Voice of youth: Georges River Council invited young people to present their idea for a community project during previous youth week activities.
Voice of youth: Georges River Council invited young people to present their idea for a community project during previous youth week activities.

Georges River Council has planned a series of events as part of the 2021 'It's a Mood' youth festival.

The council says the festival, which is on now and runs until April 24, is the biggest youth festival in Sydney and was organised to coincide with National Youth Week (April 16-24).

The council has lined up events that are both fun and educational for young people aged 12 to 24.

Events are free and range from esports and a pop-up skatepark, to roller disco and a chess tournament, and even 'How to Adult' classes.

Georges River mayor Kevin Greene welcomed the opportunities the exciting events would provide for youth in the area.

"Our 2021 'It's a Mood' youth festival is not only a fun and free event for young people but also an opportunity to empower and encourage our youth to step outside their comfort zones and develop leadership skills," councillor Greene said.

"We have an interview project workshop for aspiring journalists and content creators, as well as 'How to Adult' courses run by Headspace Hurstville to teach youth about everything from taxes to healthcare, owning a car and living out of home.

"We also have a bunch of fun activities including an esports tournament, a pop-up skatepark at Olds Park, basketball on the rooftop of Hurstville Westfield and a whole lot more."

Some of the events, such as a chess tournament at Kogarah Town Square and a Swiss-style 'seniors vs youth' tournament sponsored by Home Instead Inner South West, aim to encourage family and intergenerational connections.

Home Instead Inner South West director Bjorn Jonsson said the competition was great for the community.

"The 2021 It's a Mood event is a fun and exciting new concept for our community and it will be great to see the intergenerational chess competition come to life," Mr Jonsson said.

Details: It's a Mood events are free, but bookings are essential. To view the full program of events and book click here.