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Ōtepoti Youth Space

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Artworks, creative workshops, gigs, wellbeing clinics and a warm welcome will greet rangatahi as they enter a pop-up central city youth space in Dunedin which promises a packed programme over Youth Week and the week following.

A launch event will take place on Sunday 8 May from 2pm and will feature an exhibition of youth art, live music, dance and kai. Special guest, Jane Zintl, CEO of Youth Week/Ara Taiohi will speak at the opening.

Timed to coincide with the national Youth Week, the pop-up youth space aims to celebrate the talent of young people while providing information about opportunities and support available.

Located on Princes Street at the Community Gallery and neighbouring performance space Te Whare o Rukutia, the Ōtepoti Youth Space will have a focus on creativity and community connections.

A welcoming hangout space, open each day from 3pm-6:30pm, will feature a range of activities each afternoon with youth mentors on hand to korero and support youth as needed.

Free workshops each afternoon 4-6pm, Monday-Saturday, presented by youth organisations, range from stencil art, slam poetry, zine making, hip hop and drumming, see specific details below and on our facebook page.

Friday and Saturday nights are open late until 9pm and feature an open mic night and youth bands.

Monday-Saturday, 4pm-6pm, FREE
Monday 9 May: Slam Poetry on the theme of Five Ways to Wellbeing including developing writing
skills and with a te ao Māori kaupapa. Presented by Adventure Development
Tuesday 10 May: Find out about the Mana Rangatahi app and how it supports youth leadership,
aspirations and resilience, including creating your own pepeha. Presented by INNOV8HQ
Wednesday 11 May: Virtual Production Dojo presents the technology and steps to follow to create a
digi-human - Digital Game Design
Thursday 12 May: Multiple activities including creative writing and movement, nature-connected
art, and bath bomb making. Presented by Stopping Violence Dunedin
Friday 13 May: Arts, craft and kai for mindfulness. Presented by the Youth Division of the Dunedin
Public Library
Saturday 14 May: Canvas graffiti stencil lettering for self-care and self-discovery. Presented by
Stopping Violence Dunedin

Monday 16 May: Join us for a reading of poetry and short fiction. Hear the latest work from the
Young Dunedin Writers Association
Tuesday 17 May: 'Creativitea' a Zine making workshop accompanied by drinking and sharing
tea. Presented by Ōtepoti Collective Against Sexual Abuse
Wednesday 18 May: Fun Creatures: make your own colourful mini-sculptures using air-dry clay and
paint. Presented by Artsenta
Thursday 19 May: Hip hop and drumming session with Te Hou Ora Whānau and Le Apatonga
Performing Arts
Friday 20 May: Rainbow Youth Q & A and whakawhanaungatanga session, & Volunteer South clinic
about youth volunteering in Ōtepoti
Saturday 21 May: Māori Rock Art drawing with Te Hou Ora Whanau Services.

Contact: Jo Taylor, 027 584 7733

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