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Back in 2018, Girls Rock! Aotearoa launched with a core kaupapa of creating a world which is more equal and inspiring. Since then, the programme has gone from strength to strength empowering young wāhine and/or intersex, transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) youth through music. In 2021, 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.

Back in 2017, Girls Rock! Aotearoa launched with a core kaupapa of creating a world which is more equal and inspiring. Since then, the programme has gone from strength to strength empowering young wāhine and/or intersex, transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) youth through music. In 2021, 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.

THE PROGRAMME

Participants aged 12 – 17 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. This year, the camp will take place predominantly at Wellington High School who are generously supporting the programme, with some workshops taking place next door on Massey University’s creative campus.

THE PROGRAMME

Participants aged 12 – 17 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. This year, the camp will take place predominantly at Wellington High School who are generously supporting the programme, with some workshops taking place next door on Massey University’s creative campus.

TO THE FRONT

The name came about in order to recognise and emphasise the diverse nature of the initiative. Pōneke organiser Ali Burns explains…

“Given the holiday programme is neither just for girls or just about rock music we decided a rebrand was in order to ensure everyone involved felt absolutely welcome and comfortable. We will still be keeping Girls Rock! Aotearoa as the overarching organisation name, but our Pōneke holiday programme going forward will be called To the Front”.

The To The Front name, gives a nod to the Riot Grrrl movement of the 90’s, a feminist punk movement where the term was popularised by bands such as Bikini Kills as a way to encourage a safe space for women and gender minorities in the audience.

TO THE FRONT

The name came about in order to recognise and emphasise the diverse nature of the initiative. Pōneke organiser Ali Burns explains…

“Given the holiday programme is neither just for girls or just about rock music we decided a rebrand was in order to ensure everyone involved felt absolutely welcome and comfortable. We will still be keeping Girls Rock! Aotearoa as the overarching organisation name, but our Pōneke holiday programme going forward will be called To the Front”.

The To The Front name, gives a nod to the Riot Grrrl movement of the 90’s, a feminist punk movement where the term was popularised by bands such as Bikini Kills as a way to encourage a safe space for women and gender minorities in the audience.

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