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Young Voices

The Young Voices are a cohort of 10 artists between the ages of 18 and 26 who are brought into the Festival folds for 12 months. They gain behind-the-scenes access to the staff and operations of Perth Festival, free tickets to performances, and chances to feed-back their thoughts and opinions to ensure that young people have a chance to shape their state Festival. Having seen it being created first-hand, they will finish their tenure at the launch of the 2024 Festival and pass the baton to a fresh cohort of 10 new Young Voices.

Each participant was nominated by a local arts organisation.
Read on to meet our inaugural 2022 – 2023 participants!

Ayo Busari

Curtin University 

I am a Nigerian award-winning Creative Director, Visual Artist, Writer, Community Curator & Performer who is the founder and lead creative of TAB Family. Previously living and working in Nigeria and the UK, I am now based in Boorloo (Perth). As a creative artist, alongside my alter-ego, 'Yoruba Daddy', I am about capturing moments and memories through words, images and sounds. Whether it be photography, filmmaking, music-making, designing, live performances or writing. I am an all-around multidisciplinary creative, expressing myself through these different art forms and genres.

Emmett Aster

Riptide Youth Theatre Company 

I am a Mandurah based creative who has been working freelance in various art positions since I was a teenager, including music, photography, poetry, and theatre. Now, I am particularly passionate about the way in which these artistic practices can be fused in order to create multi-modal theatre that incorporates all of these practices. I have performed, sound-designed, produced, and written for theatre, and am currently the artistic director of ‘perhaps, a theatre company.’, an emerging theatre company in Mandurah that seeks to blur the lines that separates theatre from other art forms to tell human stories, especially the stories of those who exist on the margins. I also recently received the Next Level Grant to develop my artistic practice in this area! 

Faith Clowry

Yirra Yaakin 

I am a proud Darumbal Murri woman and I’m currently studying at WAAPA doing the Diploma of Acting and completed the Certificate IV in Aboriginal Performance in 2021. 

Hannah Nottingham


Although only starting in the industry in 2021, I have already had a wide range of experiences working and volunteering throughout the industry. I have done roles from event coordinator to backstage manager to artist transport. I have been grateful to have been offered these opportunities through organisations such as The Y HQ and Hyperfest. I hope to one day to be working in the wider Australian music industry in roles such as booking and programming. 

Jesse Vakatini

WA Youth Theatre Company

My name is Jesse Vakatini and I had my professional acting debut in MEDEA (2019) at Black Swan State Theatre. Since then I have worked closely with the West Australian Youth Theatre Company in Fringe Festival's Body Rights (2020) and Perth Festival's BESIDE (2021). I am currently acting as Secretary for WAYTCo's Youth Advisory Committee and in the workshop process for Perth Festival's Body of Knowledge (2022). I have just completed Year 12 ATAR where Drama was my main focus. I have acted in numerous plays throughout the completion of school. 

Jessica Mitchell

Propel Youth Arts

Hello! I'm Jesse. I am a young creative based in Perth. I create music and illustrations under the name rosarrie with a slight tilt towards soft, sweet and nostalgic. Making art is very important to me, as well as cultivating collaborative projects and connecting with other creatives. I'm very excited to be involved in Perth Festival 2023.

Luoyang Chen

Centre for Stories

I was born and raised in a small town in Fujian, China. I came to Australia in 2016 with lots of hopes and dreams packed in my bag. I hold a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Western Australia. Currently, I practice social work and write poetry on the unceded Whadjuk Noongar land. My debut full-length poetry collection, Flow, will be launched at Centre for Stories on December 8th, 2022. 

Mia Freeman

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts 

I am an Arts Management student at WAAPA studying all aspects of arts management, including communications, marketing, law, finance, and project management and production. I am drawn towards all areas of art, most specifically resonating with film, live performance and visual art, and am eager to expand my knowledge in all fields. I want to help make an impact on the Perth community through captivating and thought-provoking ideas presented within artworks. 

Rafael Leone

Midland Junction Arts Centre

After making a change in career pathways, I entered the Perth Art scene just over a year ago. Since then I have been involved with several galleries across the Perth area. I currently work Front of House in the gallery spaces for both Mundaring Arts and Midland Junction Arts Centre, as well as being employed as the exhibition installer for Ellenbrook Arts. In my practise I specialise in portraiture, operating within the mediums of charcoal and paint. My works seek to capture and emphasise a particular expression, feeling or emotion, through the use of gestural mark making and brushwork. 

Thomas Allan

UWA Conservatorium of Music 

I am an emerging classical baritone currently in my third year of a Bachelor of Music at UWA Conservatorium of Music, studying under the tutelage of Dr Andrew Foote. Throughout my studies I have been fortunate to perform with UWA ensembles Con-Cantorum and Symphonic Chorus, as well as WASO Chorus, Schola Aedis Christi at Christ Church Claremont, Irwin Street Collective, OpusWA, and in 2022 I travelled to Melbourne as a member of the National Youth Choir of Australia. I am thrilled to take part in the Young Voices Program with Perth Festival and look forward to the opportunities it presents 


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