The Girls Rock! Pōneke team are proud to announce a name change, and the dates for the next holiday programme which will take place under the new moniker – To The Front.
Held Monday 12 July to Friday 16 July with a celebratory concert on Saturday 17 July 2021, To The Front Pōneke is open to youth aged 12-17 years who are women, and/or intersex, transgender, or gender non-conforming. They’ll learn instruments, form bands, write original songs, and perform at a showcase, all guided by professional musicians in an inclusive environment. Alongside collaborative learning, participants will take part in workshops about DIY merchandise, mindfulness, and performance skills. Each day they’ll enjoy lunchtime performances from local artists: the 2021 Tāmaki Makaurau camp included performances by Liz from The Beths, Theia, Fruit Juice Parade and more.
For 2021, we have partnered with Wellington High School and Massey University. The majority of the programme will take place at Wellington High School – with some key workshops and performances taking place a short walk away – next door on Massey University’s creative campus.
The kaupapa of Girls Rock! and our To The Front programme is to empower young wāhine and/or intersex, transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) youth through music by giving them practical skills and role models in a safe, supportive space.
“Girls Rock! is a ray of sunshine and I wish I could have attended when I was younger,” says The Beths’ Liz Stokes. “Being introduced to a loving and supportive music community, seeing and hearing it with your own eyes and ears, is something really special.”
The participants are equally enthusiastic:
“It was super inclusive and honestly a bit therapeutic. It was so nice to meet new people with similar passions to me and come up with a great song at the end. Performing was amazing, and it was a great week”
“Everyone was so kind and welcoming and amazing and honestly I felt so accepted and awesome”