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Snacks and Chats

Are you a young person who would like some advice or guidance on your career in the arts? Passionate about a project, but not sure who to talk with next?

Zal Kanga-Parabia and Bella Ndayikeze, the 2019 WA Youth Week Ambassadors, are inspirational young people who are motivated about helping others! At this event, enjoy a one-on-one chat with Zal or Bella about the direction of your emerging career, your experience in the arts, or any projects you’ve been brainstorming recently.

Zal’s areas of expertise include music, storytelling, rock climbing, climate change justice, diving, science and keeping yourself healthy (mentally and physically). Bella would love to share her advice around staying optimistic, community engagement, entrepreneurship, hip-hop music, cultural experience, athleticism, sport and mental health.

You provide the question and ideas, Propel will provide the snacks!

About Zal Kanga-Parabia and Bella Ndayikeze
Zal is a creative director and multidisciplinary artist with a passion for community engagement, diversity, science communication and storytelling. He was born in Sydney and moved to India at a young age, later to Perth. He graduated with a Bachelor of Art and Physics at ECU. He currently coordinates Assembly at The Blue Room Theatre, a lab program for culturally diverse emerging artists, was the Creative Coordinator for the KickstART Festival 2018, was a finalist for Western Australian of the Year 2018 for his work with young people and is currently the WA Youth Ambassador – Youth Week for 2019.

Bella was born in Burundi, but her family quickly fled to Tanzania when she was one because of war. She grew up in a refugee camp in Tanzania, with her mother working for UNHCR and father working as a teacher. She lived in the refugee camp for seven years before her family was granted a humanitarian visa to Australia. Since that time, Bella has gone on to become an athlete, Australia’s first black African female AFL coach, community leader, and hip-hop artist. She was also employed by the Federal Member for Cowan and became a member of the first ever Youth Ministerial Advisory Council with the WA State Government. Bella is also on the Board of Joondalup Hospital and many more community committees. In spite of her hardships, she has recently formed an exciting platform for young people to explore opportunities for self-expression and the freedom to speak about their passions and aspirations. These platforms include (BN Collective, Mental Health Discussion, Rose Run Movement, BNC Mentoring). Bella hopes to create long-term change through ongoing activities with youth.

When: Monday 15 April, 1pm - 3pm
Where: Kaos Room, The Blue Room Theatre

About the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival
Now in its ninth consecutive year, the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival offers young people aged 12 - 26 an extensive range of free workshops, performances, exhibitions, talks, special events, and new initiatives for 2019.

The Youth Week WA KickstART Festival 2019 is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA, and is funded by the State Government of Western Australia. The KickstART Festival is also supported by Lotterywest, the City of Perth, and the Perth Theatre Trust.
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    Event Showings

    Monday 15 April, 1pm - 3pm

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    Free Ticketed event

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    53 James Street

    Northbridge WA 6000

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    Wheelchair access