PRESS RELEASE: Explore opportunities and create the future you want to see at Unleashed!

PRESS RELEASE: Explore opportunities and create the future you want to see at Unleashed!

The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) is inviting innovative, thought-provoking and creative young people to share their ideas, challenge the status quo and be part of conversations shaping the future of Australia at Unleashed 2016.

Hosted by FYA at Melbourne’s Federation Square this September, Unleashed is Australia’s largest social change festival for young people, showcasing their power to contribute to and lead social change.

FYA CEO, Jan Owen AM said Unleashed, now in its fourth consecutive year, reveals that Australia’s greatest untapped resource is brimming with ideas for how to create a stronger future for our country.

“We live and work in a rapidly changing world – young Australians have the fresh ideas and unfettered thinking we need to lead this change and create the world they want to see. Unleashed is all about celebrating and exploring these ideas, with the aim to inspire adventurous minds,” Ms Owen said.

“Attracting over 1000 young people last year, Unleashed provides a platform for local pioneers to share their stories, ideas and inspire their peers; helping attendees to establish strong connections, challenge their thinking and discuss potential solutions to global issues.”

Kicking off on Friday 23 September with the Unleashed Awards this electrifying two-day event features a series of inspiring speakers, a Changemakers Marketplace showcasing incredible social-good business and a “PitchUp” session where young social pioneers will live pitch for their chance to secure $10,000 of seed funding.

The festival will culminate in a live concert featuring music sensations Dorsal Fins, Philly, Gabriella Cohen and L-Fresh the Lion.

“Whether you’re an industry innovator, aspiring social entrepreneur or are seeking inspiration, this is your chance to connect with likeminded individuals, challenge your mind, change your perspective and unleash your potential.”

Unleashed 2016 is a free event open to all young people. To see the whole program and to book your place visit


Media contact – Shona McPherson 0407 507 580

Event Information

Unleashed FestivalFree

When – Sat 24 Sept, 12 Noon – 6pm (pitch-ups from 10.30am)

Where – Federation Square, Melbourne.

Unleashed AwardsFree

When – Fri 23 Sep, 5.30pm

Where – Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne.



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