WELCOME TO ACT-BELONG-COMMIT YOH FEST, AND CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING INVOLVED IN THE MOST EXCITING YOUTH PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS EXPERIENCE IN THE STATE!

YOH Fest is WA's largest health themed youth performing and visual arts event that gives school students throughout WA, the opportunity to take part in an innovative and revolutionary approach to health education. This annual festival requires school students to get together to construct and perform their own dance sequence, drama plays, original song, short film or art piece based on a relevant youth health theme. 

The festival is unique, being the only one of its kind in Australia. It's organised, managed and run predominately by the young and young at heart with the invaluable assistance of youth leaders amongst us within the community! This gives the festival a feeling of vibrancy and fun that can only be experienced at YOH Fest. The experiences that participants encounter are amazing and life-changing - just awesome! 

Thousands of young people participate in YOH Fest events held across WA, presenting their items in some of the best regional venues around to hundreds of audience members. YOH Fest patrons Professor Fiona Wood, Minister David Templeman, and Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams all consider themselves YOH Fest's biggest fans!

The festival is recognised by Healthway as WA's leading forum for youth health education through the arts. The key objective of YOH Fest is to educate and empower young people throughout the State to enable them to make positive and healthy life choices. Participating students gain skills, self- confidence, and respect for others, as well as an understanding of relevant youth health issues. 

Dates and Locations

2020 - Due to COVID-19, there will be no 'LIVE' performances.  Instead, we are moving to an 'ONLINE' platform.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE UPLOADED VIA THE TEACHERS PORTAL BY :  Friday 23rd September 2020  

2020 YOH SCREEN FEST 'SHOWCASE' : 30th & 31st October

All entries will be showcased online at various times over the two days.

- Dance, Drama & Short Film entries will be viewed as an online showreel

- Song entries will be available as a music playlist

- Visual Art entries will be displayed as an online art gallery

 

 

Category Information

YOH Fest is challenging you and your school to come up with a performance or visual art piece based around the annual YOH Fest health theme, this year's theme being "ISOLATION". Let your creativity loose and tell your story in your favourite art form. 

There are six categories (click for more information):
Drama (group)
Drama (solo/duo)
Dance
Visual Art 
Song
Short Film

There is no limit on entries, you can enter as many times as you like across all YOH Fest categories

 

**PLEASE NOTE*** DUE TO COVID-19 we have changed our health theme to ISOLATION

 

Keeping Up Appearances will be back for 2021! 

Theme

Each year a relevant health issue is chosen as the Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest theme, and participants have the chance to get on stage and show off their talents and educate themselves, audience members, and the wider community about the challenges faced by young people in today’s world.

The Act-Belong-Commit YOH Screen Fest health theme for 2020 is:

'Isolation'

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we have updated our health theme as there has never been a more important time to discuss the importance of good health, wellbeing, and positive lifestyle habits like NOW!   COVID-19 has impacted people on a global scale, with most of us unexpectedly experiencing enforced isolation - in some form or another.   We want to see how young West Australian's are overcoming the challenges associated with COVID-19 and how they use dance, drama, song, film, or visual art to keep active.

We are asking participants to tell us their personal stories around isolation.  Tell us what it looks like for you, and how you stay mentally healthy - during these unprecedented times.

Take advantage too of all the Act-Belong-Commit resources available on our website or click on the link to go directly to theirs.

As per our Healthway contract, we must stress the simulation and brand promotion of alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes are STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Failure to abide by this will result in the disqualification of your item. 

 

'Keeping Up Appearances' will be back for 2021

 

 

Act-Belong-Commit

Act
Stay physically mentally and socially active in as many ways as you can!

Belong
Become a member of groups and clubs in the community; keep up friendships and relationships with family!

Commit
Engage in activities that bring meaning and purpose to life! Help a cause; volunteer to help others and feel good about yourself at the same time; learn a new skill and challenge yourself; set a goal and feel that wonderful sense of achievement once you reach it.

Keeping mentally healthy is as important as staying physically healthy, and it’s as easy as A-B-C, Act-Belong-Commit. www.actbelongcommit.org.au.

As part of YOH Fest, entrants are required to incorporate the Act-Belong-Commit message into their performance. This can be done visually or verbally, or can be incorporated into this year’s theme of ‘Pushed To The Limit’. Schools will be provided with Act-Belong-Commit resources to help with their message promotion. More information about the campaign can also be found at www.actbelongcommit.org.au or call (08) 9266 4648.

Please find below a link to ABC youth and educational resources that might be of use to you.
http://www.actbelongcommit.org.au/resources/

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to be involved in?

For 2020 we have made it FREE to enter!

What are the deadlines for YOH Fest?

Registrations close: Friday 31st July (Week 2, Term 3)

Cast lists due (list of names for participation certificates):

Friday 28th August (Week 6, Term 3)

Performance details due (yes, we still require these details for 2020):

Friday 28th August (Week 6, Term 3)

All Entries MUST BE uploaded by:

Wednesday 23rd September (Week 10, Term 3)

Submit your information at www.yohfest.com.au/documents 

What is the health theme for 2020?                                                                                                                                 

Isolation

Did you change the theme?                                                                                                                                 

Yes, due to COVID we changed the health theme to make it more relevant to the current global pandemic.

The theme 'Keeping Up Appearances' will return for 2021 

Can a school enter multiple entries?                                                                                                                                 

Yes, schools are most welcome to as many entries as you like - the more the merrier!

Is there a minimum/maximum number of people allowed per performance?

You can enter as a solo performer or as a group as large as you like.

Will there be any LIVE heats in 2020?

No, unfortunately, due to restrictions around COVID, we will not be holding any LIVE events during 2020.  We look forward to bring back the LIVE heats in 2021.

What is the maximum performance times for 2020? 
 
Group Drama: 8 minutes
Solo/Duo Drama: 5 minutes
Dance: 4 minutes
Song: 3 minutes
Short film: 5 minutes

These are the times for both Junior & Senior entries.

What is expected in the film production of entries?

All entries can be filmed on zoom, on an iPhone to a full-on production - there are no limitations.   

Are scripts still required?

No, scripts are not required for YOH Screen Fest 2020.

Will entries still be judged for 2020?

Yes, all entries will still be judged by our Director of Judging for feedback, and although there are no winners/runners up this year, we will be presenting a variety of awards across all categories, including the health award.

What is required in the entry introduction?

Every entered item is to provide a maximum 100-word caption with their entry, which should include:

  • Name of School/performer/artist
  • Our Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest item titled "........."
  • A brief outline of the health message you have portrayed

These will be displayed as a caption when we showcase the items as the introduction to your entry. 

In what format do we upload our entries in?                                                                                                                                 

  • Dance, Drama & Short Films - MP4
  • Original Song - MP3
  • Visual Art - JPEG

How will our entries be showcased to the public?

All entries, once submitted, will be compiled into the following showcases which will be available via an online portal and promoted across all media channels:

  • Dance & Drama Showreel
  • Short Film Showreel
  • Song Playlist
  • Visual Art Gallery

Is there a cost to watch the showcases?                                                                                                                                       

No, we have made everything FREE for 2020!

What is the YOH Fest Ambassador Program?

Local community Ambassadors will be selected, who will promote the Act-Belong-Commit message and YOH Fest within their community.   Ambassadors will also have the opportunity to:

  • Wear the famous YOH Fest blue shirt
  • Develop on their speaking and leadership skills
  • Take over the YOH Fest social media channels
  • Apply for scholarship funds for an activity/event that engages the broader community in developing an understanding of the act-belong-commit message.
  • And much more...

What is the Act-Belong-Commit Advert Competition?                                                                                                

We will be putting the call out for students to recreate their own Act-Belong-Commit advert, within the competition guidelines.   The winning advert will be shown as part of the YOH SCREEN FEST showcase, across all our social media channels.