Girls Rock! Pōneke Is Going Online, Baby!

May 18th 2020
It's been a rollercoaster few months - but we're excited to announce that Girls Rock! Pōneke will be breaking new ground with our first online programme taking place in the July school holiday programme so you can rock out from your house!

Girls Rock! Pōneke have made the decision to move our July 2020 programme online. 

Due to the uncertain nature of Covid-19 we are unable to plan for a physical programme. What we can do is plan an online programme that will keep the Girls Rock! spirit alive until we can meet in person.

While we are sad we will not be able to have a physical programme this July, we are looking forward to being able to create together online. We have an exciting schedule planned that we can’t wait to share with you. This will still involve songwriting, forming bands, learning instruments, workshops – and we have a few extra special treats in store which could only be made possible through the power of the internet!

We believe that this online programme will also grow Girls Rock! Aotearoa as an organisation and help us create resources that will make aspects of our programme accessible to more people.

Part of what Girls Rock! is all about is building community and a creating sense of belonging as well as rocking out! and we want to continue to build this. The Girls Rock! team is full of people who are passionate about finding solutions and creating positive spaces in this world and we think that by forging ahead with an alternative programme we are committing to these values. We want to hold up the kaupapa of Girls Rock! no matter what the world looks like.

About Girls Rock! Pōneke

Girls Rock! Pōneke is a week-long holiday programme where young women, trans and gender-non-conforming people can build confidence and make great music. Girls Rock! Pōneke will take place from the 6 - 11th July 2020.

Over the course of one week, up to 40 participants aged 12-17 will form bands, learn an instrument of their choice and write an original song - mentored along the way by female, trans and gender-non-conforming professional musicians.  

The first Girls Rock! Camp was founded in Portland in 2001 as a summer day camp. Since then it has grown into an international community of youth-focused arts and social justice organisations. The kaupapa of Girls Rock! Aotearoa is to empower young women, transgender and gender non-conforming youth by giving them practical skills and role models in a safe, supportive space.

Girls Rock! Pōneke is run by a dedicated and enthusiastic group, who care deeply about imbuing young people with the confidence to get involved in music. Between them, the team offers a wide range of music industry experience, from being in rock bands, to teaching music and artist management.

Participant applications - Apply today! 

We're pleased to be able to present this programme at very reasonable cost to participants (some scholarships available) thanks to our amazing donors and sponsors. If you'd like to support our online programme and our mentors and tutors, you can donate via our Give A Little campaign.

6 - 11 July, 8.45am - 4pm, Online (Girls Rock! online hub)

For further information, email us:
Open to New Zealand residents.

Thank you to our supporters

Girls Rock! Pōneke is supported by Wellington Community Trust, The Tindall foundation, New Zealand Music Commission, Recorded Music New Zealand, Wellington City Council, Creative Communities, Massey University, Toi Pōneke Arts Centre and Spark.

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