Generation: Next on YxYF

gennextThree-day festival for youth to highlight music, poetry, storytelling
Posted 4 days ago | By Austin Tyra
Generation Next

From Wednesday, April 24, to Friday, April 26, the City of Santa Fe, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe, Youth Media Project (a nonprofit youth digital storytelling organization) the Santa Fe Indian School and Warehouse 21 will host the first annual YouthxYouthFest at Warehouse 21,
1614 Paseo de Peralta.

During the span of three days, the festival will offer an array of events that celebrate everything from storytelling and poetry to creative writing and song to art and design. All festival events will last from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

The Santa Fe Indian School’s Spoken Word Team will kick off the fest Wednesday, April 24, with a showcase of poetry, informed by aspects of Native American culture, including song and

On Thursday, Youth Media Project will present a program based on its radio show, Audio Revolution! Local teens will deliver hip-hop monologues, musical performances, radio dramas and more.

“The whole event is centered around work we do at the Youth Media Project,” said 20-year-old Gabriel Rima, YMP project mentor and outreach coordinator. “It is an example to showcase not only what Youth Media Project is doing, but also the youth we are serving.”

YMP will join forces with other teen groups, like the Student Wellness Action Team (SWAT) and Earth Care, a non-profit that encourages young people to be leaders in the environmental movement.

“We’re here to provide an outlet for youth,” Rima continued. “We are also trying to get the community excited about the work we are doing.”

The festival will conclude Friday, April 26, with a Battle of the Bands sponsored by the Boys and
Girls Clubs.

The battle will consist of four main performance categories: band, DJ, hip-hop/rap and solo singer/songwriter. The top four entries in each category will perform live at the battle, and a first

place winner in each category will receive a cash prize, $400 for band, $250 for solo performer,
$100 for DJ and $250 dollars for hip-hop/rap.

Contestants will also contend for the grand prize: the opportunity to perform during the opening of the 89th annual burning of Zozobra in September.

“An event like this is important to have because we have so much talent in our community,” said Roman Abeyta, the chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe. “It gives the contestants exposure, and opportunities for people who may pursue a career in music, and they can use this experience in a portfolio.”

The battle will conclude with a concert from local band Thieves and Gypsys.

Abeyta mentioned that the battle is a good opportunity for up-and-coming artists to communicate with others in the music business.

Those interested in auditioning for a spot in the Battle of the Bands must contact Jonathan
Salazar at 470-0983. Then, musicians should submit a demo to the Boys and Girls Clubs, 730
Alto St., by 5 p.m. April 21. All Battle of the Bands contestants must be between the ages of 13 and 20. Attendance to the battle is free for children and teens.

All YouthXYouthFest events are free to those aged 19 and younger. Attendance to individual events is $8 per night for adults, or $15 for all three nights.

Austin Tyra is a junior at the Academy at Larragoitwe.
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