Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:45

Inaugural YouthFest in Swift Current, July 7, 2016

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Swift Current's inaugural YouthFest provided an evening of fun and entertainment for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 at Riverdene Park, July 7. The event was hosted by the City of Swift Current in association with event partners Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, Swift Current Community Youth Initiative (The Center), The Boarding House, the Swift Current Fire Department, and the Swift Current Fire Fighters Association Local 1318. TeenSpeak, an initiative by the City of Swift Current to give young people an opportunity to share their views and ideas with the community, was launched at the YouthFest. A video booth was set up in the TeenSpeak tent where the comments and opinions of teenagers were recorded. The City has partnered with The Centre, the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter, Cypress Health Region and the Swift Current United Way to launch TeenSpeak. Video clips captured from this and future TeenSpeak events will be posted on social media to create a dialogue between youth and the community. Local graffiti artist Mike Kaye gave a demonstration to teenagers before they created their own art pieces. The fire hose soccer was a lot of fun for participants and spectators. Teams attempted to direct a soccer ball with a blast of water from their fire hoses.


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Matthew Liebenberg