MYAT heads to the bright lights

Published on 16 June 2017

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Twelve members of the Manning Valley Youth Action Team (MYAT) have had a valuable taste of the 'bright lights' visiting Sydney over the long weekend, attending the Feedback Music Conference and visiting the spectacular Vivid light show event.

The Feedback Music Conference is run by Indent, who support the Manning's Live'n'Loud initiative, with help from MYAT.  The MYAT team who travelled to Sydney for the Conference spend many hours of their time volunteering to support Live'n'Loud and other youth initiatives in our community.

"These young people are outstanding members of our community, so it's great that they've been able to attend the conference, and explore the city.  Some of them will be studying in Sydney over the coming years, so this trip also serves as a familiarisation for them" says MidCoast Council's Community Strengthening Officer, Youth, Russell Ingram. 

The conference featured a key note address from popular artist Hermitude, along with discussion panels with music industry insiders and leaders. The MYAT team gained valuable event development and networking opportunities which they will now put into practice through delivering Live 'n' Loud.

"We'd like to thank Indent for their continued support of our MYAT team and for holding the conference and funding the Live'n'Loud events here in the Manning" said Russell.

The positive feedback from the team about the weekend highlights the huge value of this weekend for these young people.

Maitrix Sumpner-Johnston says "getting to experience street performers/music was amazing, especially with all the raw talent people had. The light displays were spectacular and gorgeous to look at and there was so much information given at the conference which was incredibly helpful. The weekend all in all was an amazing and incredibly rewarding experience”.

 “Walking through Pitt Street was fun. But hearing from Hermitude and Lisa Mitchell were highlights of the conference" adds Lainey Elford.

Tegan Burton says “I really enjoyed seeing the lights!” and Banjo Hunt adds “I liked getting to listen to Johann Ponniah (I OH YOU record label founder)”.

 Image:  L to R, Finlay Ross, Josh Clarke, Isabel Lynch, Banjo Hunt, Cam Le Messurier, Sampson Hillyard, Ben Stevens, Maitrix Sumpner-Johnston, Lainey Elford, Marylyn Sendah, Tegan Burton, Danielle Donnelly, Russell Ingram and Max Lynch enjoying themselves in Sydney last weekend.