Girls Rock! Tāmaki Makaurau has been helping young women, transgender and gender-non-conforming youth form bands, build instrumental skills, and write original songs since 2018, and now our 2021 programme is set to be bigger than ever.
Held Monday 18 January to Saturday 23 January 2021, Girls Rock! 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 a women-led 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 2020 camp included performances by Paige, CHAII, and Nothing But Hole.
For 2021, SAE Creative Media Institute Auckland has partnered with Girls Rock! as their new key sponsor and will be hosting Girls Rock! Tāmaki Makaurau at their SAE Auckland campus, allowing the program access to their state of the art recording studios and equipment.
The kaupapa of Girls Rock! is to empower young women, transgender and gender non-conforming youth 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”