Thursday 7th –Saturday 9th December 2017
Sydney Olympic Park with venues including Sydney Show Grounds and Qudos Bank Arena.
The Festival is for young people from year 9 - 30 years of age (as at December 2017). All participants under 18 need to be accompanied by adults. Group leaders can be of any age.
The Festival is organised by a Steering Committee, and is overseen by the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference Office for Youth.
The Australian Catholic Youth Festival is a national gathering of Catholic young people. It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia. This is achieved through a number of large gatherings, workshops, liturgies; prayer experiences an expo and the festival atmosphere.
Registration for those from Melbourne will cost $220 for early bird and $250 full price. Participants will also need to fly/drive to Sydney and arrange three nights’ accommodation. Therefore an estimated price would be $700-$900 – depending on individual preferences for the above. For the last Festival, many people were able to book accommodation in backpackers/hostels for $40-$55 per night.
Flights from Melbourne to Sydney usually range from $50-$150 however for group bookings it is often difficult to get competitive rates. If you are able to borrow a mini bus driving is likely to be the cheapest option however it is an 8 hour drive not including stops. If you need to hire a coach it can often cost as much as flying.
The Festival will be held in the Sydney Olympic Park during this time trains will be free to the festival. Please note that tickets to and from the airport will not be free.
If you would like to attend the youth Festival, ask whether your parish, youth group, community or school is planning to send a group. If you don’t have any luck, contact the AOY and we will put you in touch with a suitable group to go with.
The Festival will be looking for volunteers to help with the event. For more details, visit www.youthfestival.catholic.org.au
in the coming months. Volunteers will be required to comply with the Festival policy which includes completing a number of checks. You may also like to consider volunteering to take a group of young people from your local area or assisting as a leader of a local group who is attending.