Defrosted Events – Music, Arts and Cultural Events

Members of Defrosted events group


Defrosted Events (FReeZA), is a program that supports young people to put on a range of events for young people from music and dance, to film, exhibitions, and gaming.

• Are you interested in the creative industries? 

• Do you have a passion for the arts?

• Do you want to learn how to put on events? 

You don’t have to be creative to be an artist. Nor do you have to be artistic to put on events. Defrosted Events is all about breaking the barriers to the creative industries. 

Whether you’re into arts, the technical aspects of events management, or just want to put on events with young people for young people, Defrosted Events has something for you.

We are now recruiting young people with a passion for music, events, arts and culture to join Defrosted Events. Applicants must be aged 14 to 25 who live, study, work or play in the Yarra Ranges. Best of all, it’s FREE to join.

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What are the opportunities?

We know that young people have busy lives, so Defrosted Events is offering flexible opportunities to be involved. There are three options to choose from:

  • Join a committee for a specific event, helping to plan the event (2-4 hours per week for a limited time)
  • Volunteer for a day event (hours will depend on the event)
  • Join our core crew if you want to commit until the end of the year (2-4 hours per week until Dec 2021)

Contact us to find out more about the roles and opportunities with each event.

To speak to a member of the Youth Team about Defrosted Events call 9294 6716 or email

Events in 2022

Here are the events the Defrosted crew have got lined up so far for 2022. What ideas have you got for events? Join the committee and let us know! Let’s put on exciting events for young people and the community together. 

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BAF (Best Arts Festival)

Location: Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey

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BAF is a FREE festival happening in the Yarra Ranges this March, featuring a full day of live music, creative workshops, interactive art spaces, and exhibitions, all hosted and presented by young people from the local area.

March 26


Youth Leadership Celebration

Location: Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey

An awards night celebrating the achievements of young people in the Yarra Ranges. Hear from amazing young leaders, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and change-makers.

November TBC.

Previous events

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Queer Conversations Series

Watch the full serieshere.

Video recorded conversations between LGBTQIA young people in Yarra Ranges and LGBTQIA staff at Yarra Ranges Council

Filmed in May 2021. Videos released weekly on social media in June during Pride month.



Summer Series

A roving festival of live music performances and dance workshops all around the Yarra Ranges! One week, 8 towns, 11 events! January 15-23

The Push All Ages Tour

Location: Mooroolbark Community Centre

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Headliners The Chats and Teenage Joans will be performing LIVE in concert. Supported by St Emerald and Dewey! February 6



Why join Defrosted Events?

By joining Defrosted Events you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn new skills in event management, project planning, leadership, teamwork and communication
  • Get to know the arts, culture and music scenes
  • Network and meet people in the creative industries
  • Meet like-minded people
  • Explore future careers
  • Build your resume

Get Involved!

Meetings are every Thursday 5:00-7:00pm on Zoom with a face-to-face meeting once a month in Montrose (Covid restrictions permitting).

We are available to discuss over the phone or email what makes you feel comfortable to join in, including if you have not had any events experience or an opportunity to develop your skills.

We can be flexible with the application process, if you would prefer to talk through the application just let us know and we can contact you. We can discuss the program with you on the phone or by email.

We are looking for:

  • Anyone aged 14-25 years old who lives, works, plays or studies in the Yarra Ranges
  • Reliability and willingness
  • Young people from diverse backgrounds including race, gender, ability, LGBTIQA+ and more. Your different experiences are an asset.
  • Curiosity and self-reflection
  • People who are willing to work collaboratively and share their skills, insights, and networks

To speak to a member of the Youth Team about Defrosted Events call 9294 6716 or email

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