YES (Youth Eco Summit)
The Disappearing, 2015
The Youth Eco Summit (YES) is a curriculum-based sustainability festival for school students and their teachers. Recognised by the United Nations and the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, YES promotes student leadershipand features student sustainability practices. With interactive displays and experiences, student and school showcases, and free teaching resources YES brings sustainable action to life for students in Stages 2-6.
The Red Room Company will pair with Sydney Olympic Park to present a special poetry workshop at YES (The Youth Eco Summit). We're thrilled about this collaboration. Schools can register to attend our workshop, or any one of the other free workshops on the 21st and 22nd of October.
Performance poet Eunice Andrada will lead students through an outdoor workshop, using the natural space to create their own poems about change.
Using The Disappearing learning resource, students will trace memories rooted to time and place in their writing. Student poems will later appear in The Disappearing app. (Download it here for Apple devices. The Disappearing app is currently in re-development for Android devices and will re-launch in late 2015.)
Poet and artist Lilly Blue will also be running a sharing activity, Voices of YES, that enables students to creatively and collaboratively share their passions and actions for a healthy future through unique art, digital media and group work activities. These sessions are designed to inspire and express the collective voice of this year’s Youth Eco Summit.
Eunice Andrada is a Filipina poet and teaching artist. Her debut poetry collection Flood Damages (Giramondo Books) won the Anne Elder Award (2018) and was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (2019). Her work has been translated and performed in Tagalog, Hiligaynon, French, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and Czech, while her poems have appeared in local and international journals and anthologies. Her previous works have also won the John Marsden and Hachette Australia Prize (2014) and been shortlisted for the Fair Australia Prize (2018).
Featured in The Guardian, ABC News and other media, she has performed her poetry in diverse international stages, from the Sydney Opera House to the UN Climate Negotiations in Paris. Her ecopoetry has been recognised through the NAHR Australian Poetry Fellowship on the theme of water and the feature of her poetry in a climate change-themed exhibition at the Amundsen-Scott Station in the South Pole of Antarctica.