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Project 8 looking for young people to join music, dance and film workshops next week

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Dancer and choreographer Cayce Hill will help Project 8 participants in Bermagui develop new dance skills that will form part of the future social media campaign focussing on 'Take Care Be Aware'.

South East Arts has announced the next stage of Project 8, with workshops in Bermagui and at Bournda National Park taking place in the school holidays. Exploring lyrics, rhymes, music and video technology, dance and movement, young people aged 12 to 20 will work with local professional creative practitioners to develop positive messages about staying safe and having a good time.

At Bournda, on Thursday 10 October, filmmaker Carl Broman and spoken word artist Meaghan Holt a.k.a Sassi Nuyum will continue their work with the group who took part last holidays in Eden. New participants are always welcome as each stage of the process brings new skills and experience. The group will work on creating a video to go with the strong messages they created about looking after your mates and partying responsibly.

On Friday 11 October at the Bermagui Surf Club, professional dancers Warren Foster Jnr, Gabriela Green and Cayce Hill, invite young people to take part in another workshop exploring dance and music, as well as video technology with Scott Baker. Movement will add a new element to Project 8, delivering the message with powerful beats and breaks. No dance experience is required. All sessions are free and lunch is provided.

"This is a great opportunity for people to get some hands-on experience with professional artists. We are really pleased to see yet another great example of the arts creating health outcomes - especially for young people," says South East Arts Executive Directory, Andrew Gray.

"All the Project 8 creative mentors have a lot of experience working with young people and have developed really fun workshops that really bring out amazing creativity and ideas," Mr Gray said.

The song written during previous Project 8 sessions, throughout the year in Bega, is currently being recorded with young musicians and Ricky Bloomfield at Merimbula School of Music. 'Take Care Be Aware' sends a strong, but thoughtful, message about looking after your mates and yourself when you are out in a group. 

Project 8 Co-ordinator, Gabrielle Powell says, "This project is about supporting young people to create inspirational alcohol and drug harm minimisation message for their peers. Project 8 focusses on increasing resilience and positivity. Once all these project workshops are complete the participants will have developed a suite of videos ready for releasing on social media."

All these workshops are made possible by a grant from the Australian Government through the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, led by South East Arts in partnership with the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) and other agencies, aimed at preventing and reducing alcohol and other drug-related harms at a grass roots level. Bega Valley LDAT is a partnership between South East Arts, CDAT, Dept Juvenile Justice, Head Space Grand Pacific Health, Bega Valley Shire Council, Far South Coast Family Support Service and Australia Red Cross Narooma. 

The Local Drug Action Team Program, managed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, supports organisations to build or extend partnerships in their community and use local knowledge to deliver evidence-informed alcohol and other drug harm prevention initiatives that are tailored to the needs of their local area. By 2020 there will be more than 200 Local Drug Action Teams across Australia. For more information about the Local Drug Action Team Program please visit www.adf.org.au/ldat.

 For bookings and further information on both workshops please contact Gabrielle Powell from South East Arts on 0427 806 033 or email [email protected]