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Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2017


Australian Catholic Youth Festival

in Sydney ~ 2017

15,000 young people are expected to travel to Sydney for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be held 7-9 December 2017.  The theme of this Festival is Open new horizons for spreading joy.  The Festival offers a multitude of ways of expressing Catholic faith in an amazing three-day experience.  ACYF will be held at Sydney Olympic Park and other nearby venues.  The Festival is for year 9 to 30* year olds (*Note age bracket has been extended).   

2017 ACYF

Lastest news - draft Festival program

available at the ACYF site here

Registrations for individuals over 18 are still available. Click the link below to register

Cost $220.00

Register here

NEW** The Official ACYF 2017 app is now available.
Download it from the app store 

Download Australian Catholic Youth Festival Prayer

ACYF Form 1



Formation Sessions - Part One

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Australian Catholic Youth Festival

ACYF is hosted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.  The idea of hosting a large national festival grew out of Australia’s involvement in World Youth Days and a wish to gather Australia’s Catholic youth together. It exists to provide young people with opportunities to explore and deepen their faith, to be empowered to be agents of change in the world today, and to encounter and celebrate the diversity and vitality of Catholic faith in Australia.  It also gives the Bishops of Australia the opportunity to hear and meet the young people of Australia. The first Festival was held in Melbourne in 2013 and the second in Adelaide in 2015.  Many young people from Ballarat Diocese, together with Bishop Paul Bird, attended both events.  An even bigger number of participants and leaders is expected to make the journey from our diocese to Sydney 7-9 December 2017.




ACYF is excited to be welcoming Matt Maher to the Festival on December 7-9. 

ACYF 2015

Ballarat ACYF 15

111 young people and leaders from Ballarat Dioceses attended the Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2015. See the Diocesan e-News report.

All the ACYF 2015 Plenary sessions can be viewed here.

Youth Festival Podcasts

Podcasts of the all the speakers and sessions at the recent Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2015 in Adelaide are available for download here

ACYF 15 Day2

Steve Angrisano on stage at ACYF Adelaide 2015





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