YOUTH RIZE UP Reggae Workshop & Block Party

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YOUTH RIZE UP Reggae Workshop & Block Party

March 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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One event on February 10, 2019 at 2:00pm

Workshop: 9th March (10 AM – 4 PM)

Block Party: 10th March (2 PM – 4 PM)


Youth Reggae workshop and Block Party with Derajah, distinctive roots singer direct from Jamaica and Melbourne’s iconic roots reggae band, Rasta Unity, on Saturday 9 March (10am – 4pm Workshop) & Sunday 10 March (2pm – 4pm Block Party with performances by youth, local band Rach Brennan & The Pines, Rasta Unity & Derajah) at Courthouse Youth Arts Centre 60 Little Malop Street, Geelong.


Young people will be provided with an inclusive, fun and safe environment to learn about song-writing, melody, rhythm (Nyabinghi Heartbeat riddim) and sound recording, as well as the history and different styles of reggae and link between Reggae and Hip-hop. The workshop will give youth a memorable and inspiring experience by helping them find their inner creativity and express themselves.


Reggae, still a relatively small genre in Australia when compared to around the world, particularly Europe, brings a positive message of love, unity, respect and healthy living. The workshops give an opportunity for young people from diverse backgrounds to come together and express themselves through words, music and creative expression in all forms.


The workshops will also introduce a unique genre of music to Geelong, inspire people to play music, create and strengthen community connections, help build confidence, focus, wellbeing in the youth. The music the youth will present will be positive, uplifting and include messages about wellbeing, mindfulness and respect.


It is hoped after the two days the young people who participate, will be inspired with a joy and love for music, they will understand playing on off-beat (syncopated rhythm) and will have improved coordination, as well as embrace relations with the wider community through the Block Party performance.


“We will speak to the youth about things that are troubling them about world and ask them what they want to see better. Using the words of the youth, we will construct a song…something special that they can keep and remember forever”, explains Derajah.


Thanks to the support of Geelong City Council, Rasta Unity together with Derajah will provide the workshops to youth for no charge.


To register, click the link below:



March 9
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Courthouse Youth Arts
60 Little Malop Street
Geelong, VIC 3220 Australia
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03 5224 2815