An online festival led by young people in Ballarat is giving artists a platform to share their talent during the coronavirus pandemic.
City Of Ballarat's youth group SONIKA launched Fully Sick Fest in April, a festival of weekly youth-led videos streamed on Facebook featuring bedroom gigs, music and pop culture workshops.
The events scheduled and streamed three times a week have attracted hundreds of viewers.
City of Ballarat youth engagement officer Tabitha Rickard said the SONIKA crew were creative and resilient to quickly plan and launch the event.
The team worked on the idea in the weeks before restrictions were put in place and were excited to launch it when lockdown was enforced.
"The last three weeks of our face to face meetings with the SONIKA crew we decided to focus on being proactive rather than reactive," Ms Rickard said.
"We already had a plan in place and we could action it. Instead of this wave of uncertainty there was a wave of excitement in the young people.
"It shows how creative they can be even in hard times."
Watch a bedroom gig with young artist Milla Williams below.
The young people who perform in and facilitate the video events are paid for their work.
Lotus Eyes, Milla Williams and Lachnes are some of the young musicians who have performed gigs from their bedrooms as part of the festival.
Other videos feature drawing tutorials and a series of tutorials on using digital painting tool Procreate.
Ms Rickard said the exposure for the young people online was 'huge' and she hoped live workshops and gigs would increase when restrictions were eased.
"I think sometimes there can be a misperception in young people their calibre of talent isn't quite up there," she said.
"I think this is showing people just because they are young doesn't mean they are not good. The young musicians we work with regularly are amazing and are doing amazing things."
Watch a bedroom gig with brother sister duo Lotus Eyes below.
SONIKA volunteer and member of brother sister duo Lotus Eyes Brodie Kamp said Fully Sick had been a lifeline for young artists trying to make a career during lockdown.
"It has opened up more opportunities that might not have been available even before lockdown and has helped showcase up and coming artists," he said.
Brienna Kamp, also a SONIKA volunteer and the other half of Lotus Eyes, said the festival was a cool experience for young artists to continue to share their music and make new connections online.
One parent said their daughter was enjoying making video recordings and writing songs.
"It has been such a creative way to spend lockdown," they said.
Fully Sick Fest has gained the attention of the Victorian youth services sector and has been used as a case study by the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria.
Young people can get involved in a drawing competition and submit a video of themselves performing to get involved in the Fully Sick Fest.
Visit Sonika on Facebook to catch up on past videos or to get involved.
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