Members of the Manning Valley Youth Action Team (MYAT) had a taste of the 'bright lights', visiting Sydney over the long weekend, to attend the Feedback Music Conference and visit the spectacular Vivid light show event.
The Feedback Music Conference is run by Indent, who support the Manning's Live'n'Loud initiative, with help from MYAT.
The members of the MYAT team who travelled to Sydney for the conference spend many hours of their time volunteering to support Live'n'Loud and other youth initiatives in the community.
MidCoast Council's community strengthening officer Russell Ingram accompanied the group to Sydney and said the conference presented a great opportunity to visit the city.
"These young people are outstanding members of our community, so it's great that they've been able to attend the conference, and explore the city.
“Some of them will be studying in Sydney over the coming years, so this trip also serves as a familiarisation for them,” Mr Ingram said.
The conference featured a key note address from recording artist Hermitude, along with discussion panels with music industry insiders and leaders.
The MYAT team gained valuable event development and networking opportunities which they will now put into practice through delivering Live 'n' Loud.
"We'd like to thank Indent for their continued support of our MYAT team and for holding the conference and funding the Live'n'Loud events here in the Manning," said Mr Ingram said.
The positive feedback from the team about the weekend highlighted the value of the weekend.
"Getting to experience street performers/music was amazing, especially with all the raw talent people had. The light displays were spectacular and gorgeous to look at and there was so much information given at the conference which was incredibly helpful. The weekend all in all was an amazing and incredibly rewarding experience,” Maitrix Sumpner-Johnston said.
“Walking through Pitt Street was fun but hearing from Hermitude and Lisa Mitchell were highlights of the conference,” Lainey Elford said.
“I really enjoyed seeing the lights, ”Tegan Burton said.
“I liked getting to listen to Johann Ponniah (I OH YOU record label founder),” Banjo Hunt said.