THERE is a laneway in Devonport that is getting trendier by the year – and it’s about to get even cooler.
Rooke Lane is once again playing host to Reclaim the Lane, a celebration of youth arts and music, on Friday.
The event will feature Hobart street artist Laura McMahon, an open-mic event, free pizza, a photobooth, roving performances by Slipstream Circus and more.
It will also launch National Youth Week for Tasmania.
Devonport Regional Gallery education and public programs officer Dianne Sheehan said Reclaim the Lane was about celebrating the young people in the community, as well as the North-West’s arts and culture.
It is held in the lane as that has recently become a vibrant hub.
The lane, between Steele and Stewart streets, has become home to a new artist workspace, public art, a yoga studio, coffee shops and the iconic Devonport Regional Gallery in the past few years.
Ms Sheehan said that during Friday’s event sketchbooks created by North-West Coast youth would be displayed in the gallery.
More than 400 sketchbooks had been sent out to youth in the region.
‘‘Even if we receive only half of those back, it’s going to be a great exhibition,’’ Ms Sheehan said.
Those who want to take part in the Soap-box open-mic event can just ‘‘rock up’’ on the day.
Participants will have up to 10 minutes on the stage and can do anything from performing music to poetry and everything in between.
Another stage will be set up as a dedicated space for young musicians from schools across the region to perform.
Service providers will also have exhibits in the laneway, including TasTAFE, which has been working on a SelfiEsteam project with North-West youth.
National Youth Week runs from Friday, April 10, to April 19 and is about celebrating young people.
This year’s theme is ‘‘It Starts with Us.’’
More than 20 events have been planned for Tasmania.
Hobart street artist Laura McMahon will be the guest artist.
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