Plan to keep young creatives in the Illawarra

Wollongong's young creative types will get a brand new way to express themselves tomorrow with the launch of the Illawarra Youth Arts Project.

Formed by a group of theatre buffs, youth workers and artists, the new enterprise will help get projects such as art exhibitions, dance eisteddfods, theatre productions and competitions off the ground.

Chairman Adam Fisher said he hoped to stem the exodus of the region's young creative people.

"There are all these talented young actors, musicians, artists and photographers for whom there were so few opportunities in the area, they were taking their art to bigger cultural centres like Sydney," he said.

"But we thought surely there's something we can do to help create opportunities for them so they can stay here and share their craft."

He said the idea was to work with young people, acting as a mentor to give them advice, financial support and promotion.

The project will launch tomorrow with a performance by some of the region's best young singers, dancers and actors at Wollongong Town Hall at 7pm. Tickets are available at the Town Hall box office.

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