Category Archives: Australian Catholic Youth Festival

Church calls Australian youth to showcase their talents ahead of major youth festival

acyf17-logo_200Young people across Australia are invited to showcase their musical, artistic and film making talents ahead of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) later this year.

For all singers and songwriters out there, the Festival is seeking entries for the official theme song of ACYF. Do you have what it takes or do you know someone who could compose the lyrics for the official song to be professionally recorded and sung by more than 15,000 young people this December?

This exciting opportunity is open to all ages, however the song must appeal to young people by engaging them in a way that touches their hearts and minds. The song must reflect the joyful and exciting atmosphere of the Festival. As an agent of evangelisation, the song should draw young people to Jesus and the Church. Entries close on 26 May 2017.

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival is also seeking entries to a short film competition and an art competition that will be curated into an exhibition at the Festival to be held at Sydney Olympic Park from 7 to 9 December 2017. Continue reading

One Year to Go to Australia’s Biggest Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney

acyf17-logo_200One year from today, thousands of young people will gather for the final Mass of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be held in Sydney from 7 to 9 December 2017.

The three-day Festival is a youthful and energetic celebration hosted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in partnership with the Archdiocese of Sydney. The surrounding dioceses and Catholic agencies are generously supporting this whole of Church celebration.

The event will be held at Sydney Olympic Park and at other key locations in the city. It is expected to attract 15,000 young people who will celebrate their faith together while also acknowledging ten years since Sydney hosted World Youth Day in 2008. Continue reading

Youth festival likened to a mountaintop retreat

Bishop Oudeman smiles for a selfie with young people taking on the selfie challenge at ACYF15

Bishop Oudeman smiles for a selfie with young people taking on the selfie challenge at ACYF15

If you could have a super power, what would it be? Do you doubt your faith? What football team do you support? These were just some of the questions posed by teenagers and young adults to the Australian bishops during the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Adelaide this month, 3-5 December 2015.

Amidst the expo space, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) stall stood out with pink zucchettos (bishops’ hats) and a large-scale map of Australian dioceses, which drew much interest and banter.

Eighteen bishops joined 3,000 young people from across the country to celebrate three days of faith-based music, inspiring and challenging talks, practical workshops, and plenary sessions each morning and evening, all of which generated robust discussions.
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