Heres what goes down at Zeal Kāpiti Musicians lounge
Every second-month young people come together at Zeal Kāpiti to showcase their skills. From experienced performers to new artists, live sound engineers, photographers, and event managers, this event is made by young people for young people.
Friends and whānau of performers are welcomed into the centre to come and support in the crowd. The whole night is a total success.
More than just music
Where it started
In 2018 16 year old Hannah had a dream of creating a safe space for young people to perform for the first time. Hannah saw her peers decline opportunities to perform due to their fear of failure and shame. Hannah planned her first Musicians lounge alongside Zeal youth workers.
After just a few events, 100 young people were coming through Zeal Kāpiti doors for Musicians Lounge. This gave an opportunity for new performers to have no limits. Young people could sing in front of an audience for the first time, learn a riff at home and show it off. Rappers, large bands, solo artists, poets and more were embraced by an inclusive and supportive crowd of their peers.
As Musicians Lounge got larger, Zeal programmes collaborated with the large event, photography students were able to take photos, live sound students tested out their skills and barista students made hot chocolates on cold nights. Musicians Lounge is a place to connect young people with wider Zeal opportunities.
Special thank you
Photos by Tyler Hunter-foreman @tylerhatestheinternet , Kāpiti District Council, Kāpiti Youth Council and all performers, attendees and those who help to put on Kāpiti musicians lounge events
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