Lismore Youth Festival offers three days of free events

FREE CONCERT: Indigenous Australian hip hop artist JK-47 will headline the music line up at the Lismore Youth Festival next week
FREE CONCERT: Indigenous Australian hip hop artist JK-47 will headline the music line up at the Lismore Youth Festival next week

Bundjalung hip-hop sensation JK-47 will get the party started at this week's Lismore Youth Festival when he headlines a free concert at the Lismore City Hall. The 2020 Triple J Unearthed Winner of the Year and Tweed shire resident will be joined on Wednesday night by a line up that includes local acts LAS, ROOM19 and Desert Wizard.

The free concert will kick off the three-day festival, which will be held in and around the Quad on April 15-16.

"Lismore Youth Festival is going to be huge" says Blake Rhodes, of Dream Bigger who has helped curate the music program.

"Lismore's coolest organisations have joined forces to create something really special and positive for young people in our region. This is an opportunity for young people to come together and have fun again, to share experiences and learn some cool new things as well." Highlights include:

Quad Outdoor

A half-pipe will be set up in The Quad on Thursday and Friday with the Popsgood Skateboarding crew and their coaches hosting free learn-to-skate clinics and comps. There'll be prizes for the top three riders in each division as well as fun skate jams to practice new tricks. Bring the picnic blankets and chill on the grass, listening to The Northern Rivers Conservatorium's youth Jazz Orchestra on Friday afternoon.


Join well-known local street artist KiKi in her Collage & Paste Up Graffiti Workshops at Lismore Regional Gallery, create your own self-care box with Headspace, or test your skills in the art of musical impro at the Conservatorium with Sean O'Boyle AM. Head over to the Library where you can jump into everything from drawing anime characters to learning bush skills and money management. Make free styling illuminated sculptures with the lantern loving folk from LightnUp, have a crack at cracking others up with Larry Laughs stand-up comedy workshop and take part in a music industry masterclass hosted by the Dream Bigger team.


As well as hosting workshops, Lismore Regional Gallery and Elevator ARI (behind the Regional Gallery) will be full of beautiful and powerful art created by young people with Defiant exhibition upstairs, and work from the Rainbow Youth Collective in the Lismore Regional Gallery Event space downstairs.

  • All events are free but bookings are required for some workshops and events as numbers are limited. Go to for program and details.