For its sixth consecutive year, Reclaim the Lane returns to Rooke Lane for National Youth Week in Devonport on Friday 7 April, 3.30–5.30 pm. The free event transforms Rooke Lane into a vibrant celebration of youth arts and music for all ages to enjoy.

The event is organised each year by the Devonport Regional Gallery and their young members, the Droogs, in partnership with Youth, Family and Community Connections.

‘Reclaiming’ the entire laneway between Steele and Stewart Streets, the event showcases the talents of young people and features various art-making and music workshop spaces, young makers selling their wares, live music by young local performers, a photo booth and interactive stalls by youth service providers. Free food also available.

Street artist, KT Hollywood (aka Katie Houghton-Ward) is this year’s Reclaim the Lane artist and she will be creating a new work for the lane at Haven Yoga. Visitors to Rooke Lane will see KT Hollywood in action as she creates the work over the course of the day, completing it by 5.30 pm at the event.

Friday 7 April, 3.30–5.30 pm
Rooke Lane, Devonport
Who: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Reclaim the Lane is Devonport’s National Youth Week event, presented each year by Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport City Council and Youth, Family and Community Connections. The event is co-funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Devonport City Council.




In its inaugural year, Youth Rewind takes over Mersey Bluff for National Youth Week in Devonport on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April between 10 am and 1 pm.

Free activities and workshops will take place across the two days, including live music performances and a community jam, meditation, yoga and dance workshops and sand art activities.

Saturday 1 April & Sunday 2 April 2017, 10 am – 1 pm
Mersey Bluff, Devonport
Who: All ages welcome (12 – 30 years focused)
Cost: FREE, bookings preferred for selected workshops



Live Music @ The Bluff | 10 am – 1 pm
Live music between 10 am and 1 pm performed by five young and up and coming musicians at the Bluff: Dylan Boys, Grace Maher, Ezra Sheverton and Isaac and Olivia Kelly.

Community Jam | 11 am – 12 pm
Budding young musicians are encouraged to bring an instrument and come down to the Bluff to participate in the Community Jam session, facilitated by local musician Brad Von Rock. Ukuleles and djembes will be provided for young people who wish to attend, but don’t own an instrument. This drop-in style workshop will be suitable for all skill levels.

Meditation Workshops | 12–12.20 pm & 12.30–12.50 pm
Andrea from Haven Yoga and Meditation will be leading two 20-minute meditation workshops. Participants will learn how to handle stress, calm their mind and be kind and loving to themselves with breathing and mindfulness meditation techniques. The sessions are free, but bookings are preferred as there are limited places available. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing suitable for the day.

Sand Art with Rachel Kumar | 10 am – 1 pm
Rachel is a young artist from the North West coast of Tasmania who will be tutoring the public through a collaborative sand art piece on the Mersey Bluff Beach. Everyone is invited to attend and participate. Stay for as little or as long as you like.


Yoga Workshops | 10–10.30 am & 11.30 am – 12 pm
Andrea from Haven Yoga and Meditation will be leading two 30-minute yoga workshops at 10 and 11.30 am inside the Devonport Surf Lifesaving Clubhouse. Participants will discover their inner and outer strength and beauty with easy, fun yoga. This will include poses, stretches, breathing and mindfulness. The sessions are free, and suitable for all levels of experience. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, suitable clothing, and can bring their own yoga mat if they wish (not essential). Bookings preferred, limited spaces.

Stompin Youth Dance Workshops | 10.30–11.30 am & 12–1 pm
Stompin Youth Dance Company from Launceston will be taking young people through an Improvisation workshop and a Site-Specific workshop inside the Devonport Surf Lifesaving Clubhouse. The Improvisation workshop will look at finding new ways to move and develop a personal style, whereas the Site-Specific workshop looks at using the setting to inform the dance practice. These sessions are free and all skill levels are welcome. Bookings preferred, limited spaces.

Sporting Clubs
Various sporting clubs will be available on the day for young people to gather information from if they wish to join a local sporting club.



Youth Rewind is presented as part of the Devonport Regional Gallery’s extended National Youth Week program, which includes the youth arts and music festival Reclaim the Lane and The Sketchbook Project. Funding from the Tasmanian Community Fund has allowed the Gallery to extend the National Youth Week programming for 2017 and provide a paid mentorship opportunity for a young person to develop event and project management skills.



National Youth Week is celebrated in towns and cities all over Australia. It is a week focused on highlighting the numerous and varied positive contributions young people make to Australian society.



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