PrideYOUTH Project

Want to design your own summer event series – and create an epic Auckland Pride Festival and Parade experience for your friends?

This exciting new initiative is an opportunity for passionate young LGBTIQA+ people to design and deliver a programme of diverse and inclusive events for the 2018 Auckland Pride Festival, with support and guidance from an expert panel of mentors curated by RainbowYOUTH and Auckland Pride.

What is the PrideYOUTH Project?

Over a 12 week period, 8 participants will design and deliver a programme of diverse and inclusive events created for-and-by young people within the 2018 Auckland Pride Festival programme – including the design and construction of a spectacular RainbowYOUTH float for the Auckland Pride Parade.

In addition, these 8 core participants will have the opportunity to lead a group of their peers in the production and delivery phase of the project, gaining hands-on event management experience.

Over a shorter 4 week period, a further 12 participants will be actively involved in the delivery of the event programme and the construction of the Parade float itself.

Throughout the project, all participants will be tutored and mentored by Auckland Pride and RainbowYOUTH staff and representatives with a combined wealth of arts education and event management experience.

The project will be driven by the participants within a set budget. The participants will decide what sort of events and activities Auckland’s young Rainbow communities need, and will determine where and how they will be delivered.

Skills and experiences that you’ll gain as a 12-week participant:

  • Designing an event
  • Understanding audiences and diversity
  • Tikanga Māori
  • Programming artists and performers
  • Budgeting for events
  • Project plans and timelines
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Sponsorship and stakeholder management
  • People management and volunteer coordination
  • Float design and construction
  • Event management

Skills and experiences that you’ll gain as a 4-week participant:

  • Project management
  • Float construction
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Event promotion
  • Event management
  • Stakeholder management

PrideYOUTH Project Mentors

A core group of mentors from Auckland Pride and RainbowYOUTH – including the Auckland Pride Co-Chairs, Festival Director and Parade Producer – will provide ongoing guidance to the participants.

Workshop sessions will be scheduled each week, with a programme of guest mentors specifically tailored to fit the events that are being developed and the interests of participants. 

Time commitment

The programme will run from 5 December 2017 to 28 February 2018.

Participants will be expected to spend 20 hours per week on the project. This will include two days per week, from 11am-5pm, based at the RainbowYOUTH Centre. Workshop sessions will be run on these days.

The remaining hours will be self-managed by participants, with the RainbowYOUTH Centre available for use Monday to Friday, 11am-5pm.

All event and meeting costs will be covered. A koha of $50 per week will be provided for all participants to assist with food and transport costs.

Who should apply?

Young people aged between 16-24 who are passionate about events, LGBTIQA+ arts and culture, Māori and Pasifika culture, our local LGBTIQA+ communities and the Auckland Pride Festival and Parade!


Applications close Tuesday 4th November, 10pm. Apply below now!