A dear friend of The Blue Room Theatre is nominated for WA Person of the Year, Youth Award and it’s Zal Kanga-Parabia. Zal is a 23 year old freelance photographer, musician and creative director who has been collaborating, volunteering and creating with young artists throughout WA since 2011.
Zal has been involved in a number of The Blue Room Theatre shows including Topographs (2017) and is currently helping to support the Assembly project looking at diversifying stories that are shared and opening The Blue Room Theatre’s doors as wide as possible! Zal is also the Creative Coordinator for Youth Week WA and the KickstART Festival 2018, together The Blue Room Theatre helped to provide over 20 workshops in the Kaos Room along with rehearsal space and green room for young artists.
“As an artist and programmer I can’t imagine Perth without The Blue Room Theatre and the opportunities they create for young people with big ideas. I have been incredibly lucky to be a part of this community and contribute to the work that’s being done and this award is an opportunity to showcase the grass roots efforts going into the development of WA culture.” – Zal Kanga-Parabia
Zal’s efforts in his work as a youth, community artist have been commended through the ECU Vice-Chancellor’s award, the Cultural Endeavours Award and Runner Up WA’s Young Person Of The Year award (YACWA 2015), for his charity work including guiding youth who have experienced homelessness to tell their stories through photography, as part of Home Is Where My Heart Is (2012 – 2016). Zal was awarded runner up for Best New WA work – Martin Sims Award in Fringe World Festival 2017 for his intimate sold out performance at the State Theatre of Western Australia in which he performed and mentored 20 young people. He was selected from hundreds of entries to be involved in the Perth International Arts Festival – PIAFLab 2017 and created a work with international artist Inua Ellams: The Midnight Run – 40 Audience Flute Ensemble with 16 Tone Piano and Spectrograph score – A story of communal music sharing. Zal recently completed his Bachelor of Arts in photomedia and physics. His key focus is diversity through art and he created a 90 page astronomical photo book which looks at subjectivity in science receiving best monograph at the 2017 Graduate Exhibition, Edith Cowan University.
‘Selfless’ and ‘creative’ are two words embodying everything Zal is about. He truly pours his heart and soul into volunteering his time towards projects supporting local artists, youths and non-profits. Currently he is directing the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival, programming and organizing over 70 free events to impact thousands of young people. He single-handedly founded and produced the Youth Music Program at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre where, from December 2014, he tirelessly provided opportunities and one-on-one mentorships to local young musicians, filmmakers, stage production teams and artists to work together and create large scale productions, recreating a long lost community of rural arts that spreads the message of togetherness and diversity; this is his foremost passion. He acquired the Lesley Couzens Arts Fellowship grant to travel to London and present workshops on return.
Zal has volunteered over 300 hours at the Perth Observatory and hundreds of hours for Youth Affairs Council WA, Propel Youth Arts, the KickstART, Fairbridge, Stretch and Crab Festivals and Make Place Mandurah, supporting young people, especially those at risk to find alternatives and positive ways to express themselves and make use of their time through creativity.
We wish Zal the best of luck in taking out the award. Zal always goes above and beyond and a true leader to young artists in Western Australia. Best of luck!
WA Person of Year info and Media:
Youth Award – Presented in celebration of excellence in leadership, mentoring or artistic pursuits at a state, national or international level amongst 18 to 30 year olds, positively impacting the lives of Western Australians.
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