Heaps Decent will be increasing our Wagga Wagga presence, continuing to facilitate music production, song writing, DJing and recording workshops and master classes for young people both in Juvenile Justice and in the community. In 2015, our work expanded to additional communities in the Riverina – Tumut, Temora and Griffith.
In 2016 we continue to work with young people from Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Tumut, Temora and Narrandera not only creating original music, but choreographing dance and creating short video and multi-media pieces surrounding the music made in the sessions. Students are also able to work in a recording studio at the Riverina Community College.
Riverina & Wagga Sessions also continues to have a special focus on young people at risk of coming into contact or already in contact with the Juvenile Justice system and not only offers young people the opportunity to learn how to make music and engage with the wider community, it also gives them the opportunity for public performance at events including Youth Week Festival, NAIDOC week and Harmony Day.
In 2016 we have continued a project with refugee and new migrant young people exploring their experience of settling in the Wagga Wagga community and giving their perspective on promoting harmony, and introducing them to new friends and peers.
Developing on strong relationships Heaps Decent has built with the Wagga Wagga community, we are also supported by partners Riverina Community College, Anglicare, Shepherds Park ETU (Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre), Eastern Riverina Arts, Wagga Wagga City Council, Wagga Wagga Multicultural Council, Tumut Shire Council, Tumut Shire Council, and Griffith Shire Council.