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Blak Up! 2025 Working Group

Blak Up! is back in 2025.


Blak Up! Design an all-First Nations event with other young mob

In 2022, FYA’s First Nations Team hosted Blak Up! A four day event featuring workshops and panels hosted by some of the deadliest mob in the country, performances by leading mob in the music industry, all intertwined with the values of “Connection. Activism. Arts.” View Blak Up 2022 program here

Now we’re looking for four young First Nations people to lead the way and build the vision for Blak Up 2025!

Watch the 2022 recap👇🏾



What we hope to achieve with the working group: 

  • Reflect on Blak Up! 2022 and draw insights from what worked and what didn’t
  • Reimagine and create a clear vision for Blak Up! 2025

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Connect with mob from across the country to dream up an event around Connection, Activism and Arts.
  • Participate in two-hour online sessions and 3-day in person gathering to design the vision and event.
  • Receive $200 per session.

Ready to apply? Great decision!

The Blak Up! working group is open to mob aged 16-25 who have a passion for the arts, creativity, First Nations justice and working with other young mob. We’re also looking for:

  • Mob with lived experience of systemic injustice
  • Two original participants from Blak Up! 2022
  • Two new participants, not connected to the past event
  • Individuals who are keen for new experiences and learning new skills

Applications will close 31 July. Successful applicants will be notified 15 August to confirm their placement. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How will people be selected, who makes that choice and when will they be notified?

A selection panel from the FYA First Nations Governance Group will select four candidates from the short listing. 

Successful applicants will be notified on the 15 August 2024.

What is the commitment?

Two online sessions and 3-day in person gathering to design the vision and event. A group chat will be set up to answer out of session questions.

  • First online session in September – meet and connect with others. 
  • October two full day planning in 2024. 
  • Third session in-person in November – ahead of the event launch in 2025. 
  • Your input will run into 2025.

Will this cost me anything? Will I be paid?

Participants will be paid $200 per session. In-person gatherings will be all-expenses-paid.

How will you ensure this program is COVID-safe?

We will be following the FYA Covid policy and have a Covid plan. We will send everyone with a rapid antigen test (RAT) and N-95 face masks.

To attend the Blak Up! in-person workshops, you need to:

  • Be vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Do a RAT 24 hours before you leave, with a negative result
  • Not have cold or flu-like symptoms or be waiting on COVID-19 test results
  • Not have recently been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

We’ll have lots of RATs with us and will ask everyone to do a RAT before in-person sessions so we can keep each other safe. We will provide masks and hand sanitisers which we encourage everyone to wear and use. 

Weather permitting we will aim to run sessions outdoors when practical, and have windows and doors open to allow for good ventilation or air-purifier when indoors.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information you can contact