The kaupapa of Girls Rock and To the Front is to empower youth by giving them practical skills and role models in a safe, supportive space.
To The Front Kirikiriroa holiday programme is coming to Hamilton in the school holidays of July 2024. Born from Girls Rock Camp Aotearoa in 2017, the gender-inclusive music development programme encourages young women, trans, intersex, takatāpui, and gender diverse youth to embrace their creativity in a safe space.
Guided by experienced music industry professionals, the newest edition of To The Front is the fourth location in New Zealand to host the programme, following Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Pōneke Wellington and Te Papaioea Palmerston North.
Running from 15 - 19 July 2024 and hosted at Wintec Te Pūkenga School of Media Arts, Music and Performing Arts Department, the Kirikiriroa programme is headed by local musician and audio engineer Lora Thompson. Actively involved in the industry as performer and Audio Engineer, Lora has over 20 years of experience and says she is motivated by the wish “that something like this was available when I was young and starting out.”
The holiday program includes daily instrument practice, where the attendees form ‘bands’ together for the week with the aim to perform a live showcase on the final day. They’ll participate in group workshops such as stage craft, recording audio, music videos, DIY merchandise, zine making and more - while being treated to lunch time performances by exciting artists within the New Zealand music industry.
Girls Rock Aotearoa is a music holiday programme for young women, trans, intersex, takatāpui and gender diverse youth aged 12-17, where music is the medium to build confidence, empowerment and foster social change.
Money raised from this givealittle, subsequent fundraiser events, and our Kirikiriroa Raffle (which is full of amazing prizes -please see our social media to get a ticket) will go towards all of the costs involved in making this dream a reality for our future participants.