Tasmanian Catholic Youth Festival

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The Tasmanian Catholic Youth Festival – An Idea

In December 2017 The Archdiocese of Hobart took a group of over 100 students and young adults to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney. After receiving some fantastic feedback from the young people and seeing how much of an impact the festival had on their lives, we wished we could open this experience up to more young people from Tasmania.

While we couldn’t bring all of Tasmania’s young people to the festival, we thought, why not bring the festival to them? And so, the idea for the “Tasmanian Catholic Youth Festival” was born.

Year of Youth

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference have proclaimed 2018 as a Year of Youth. They have asked that Dioceses around Australia focus more of their resources, time and energy on young people throughout the year. What better time to run the first ever “Tasmanian Catholic Youth Festival” (TCYF)? The TCYF will, therefore, be the central event of this Year of Youth for the young people of Tasmania.

What is the TCYF?

The TCYF is a festival where young people will have the opportunity to experience the fullness and the joy that the Catholic faith has to offer. They will have the chance to be inspired by international and national speakers and performers, experience large plenary sessions, choose their own workshops, participate in discussion on relevant topics of the faith, receive opportunity for prayer, attend a large event expo, and have the opportunity to participate in social action initiatives.

TCYF Details

The TCYF will run on 16 May in Launceston and 17 May 2018 in Hobart. This is so the greatest number of young people might have the opportunity to attend. The following venues have been confirmed for the festival:

Wednesday 16 May 2018 – Tramsheds Function Centre, Launceston

Thursday 17 May 2018 – St Don Bosco Complex, Guilford Young College, Glenorchy

The two festival days will consist of a day session followed by a night session. The day session will be open to high school students from years 8-12 in the region and will consist of plenary sessions, music, workshops, expo and much more.

The night session will be open to youth up until the age of 30 and will consist of a night rally, expo, music as well as other opportunities.


9:00am-4:30pm  Day Session (High School Students)
4:30pm-6:00pm  Festival Expo and Dinner
(Open for all young people under 30 years old)
6:00pm-8:00pm  Night Rally
(Open for all young people under 30 years old)

For a more detailed schedule and further information on both festival days, download the program booklet below.

All attendees will receive a copy of the program booklet on the day of the festival.


Steve Angrisano
One of the most popular performers at the ACYF, Steve Angrisano is a musician, composer and storyteller from the US who has featured at 6 World Youth Days. Steve’s unique blend of humour, song, story and interaction engage young people and is one of the reasons he is so well-liked everywhere he goes. Young people readily absorb his message of faith, hope and love which is woven through his storytelling and music as it is a message that is genuine and faithful.

Therese Nichols
Thérèse Nichols, has worked for both local and international organisations in the field of communications, media and PR. After working as a TV presenter and producer in Canada, Thérèse was appointed National Formation Coordinator for ACU. Thérèse is currently the PR coordinator for the global Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need. Thérèse is also the founder and director of OnePlate; a social enterprise that partners with restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars across Australia to fund sustainable food projects in developing countries.

Jason Evert (Hobart Only)
Arguably one of the best Catholic speakers in the world, Jason talks on how we can live out God’s call for love and life. Jason has spoken to over 1 million young people worldwide including World Youth Days in Sydney, Madrid and Krakow. Jason and his wife have written more than 10 books and are both frequent guests on radio and TV programs in the US. Jason and his wife are the co-founders of the Chastity Project.

Plus many more speakers and performers!


Registration for the festival is FREE

Festival registrations for high school students which include the day sessions are to be completed through your Catholic high school. Students who are not part of a Catholic high school and would like to register for the day session, please email or call (03) 6208 6038.

To register for the Launceston Night Rally (Wednesday 16 May) click HERE

To register for the Hobart Night Rally (Thursday 17 May) click HERE

TCYF Exhibitor Application

The festival will feature a TCYF Expo area which will focus on the theme of “young people, faith and vocational discernment.” The Expo will allow young people the chance to roam around and get a taste of the Catholic faith in Tasmania, as well as receive valuable information on their own personal growth, faith development, vocation and involvement in society. The exhibit will feature both Catholic and non-Catholic agencies that are relevant to young people and which can demonstrate ways that young people can continue to get involved and learn more about local initiatives.

Meet the TCYF Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor



Silver Sponsors



Bronze Sponsors