Urlik Iradukunda is passionate about the arts reflecting contemporary Australia and advocating for young people and artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. He advocates for young newly arrived, refugees and diverse artists that face barriers to having access to creative spaces.
Urlik is currently studying at Australian Catholic University and working for L2R Dance as an Emerging Artist.
Urlik completed the L2R’s Emerging Leaders program in 2021 – Igniting Legends and now runs three weekly L2R to run classes at Next Gen Wyndham, Next Gen Braybrook and Western English Language School (WELS) Hip Hop activities.
Urlik also just won Brimbank’s Africa’s Got Talent.
Urlik is a leader in his community and not only supports other new arrivals’ access to arts programs but inspires them by seeing a young African male on stage being represented. Through his work at L2R, Urlik supports newly arrivals by providing access to students at WELS to attend L2R’s free dance programs.
Wyndham Mayor Cr Peter Maynard said: “Urlik Iradukunda is a positive role model for new arrivals and young people of African heritage in his community by developing and inspiring young people and artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.”
“Wyndham City values Urlik Iradukunda contribution to creating an inclusive community and appreciates his passion to encourage the power of dance and music as social capital. ”
One Wyndham recipients are residents aged between 12 and 25 who positively contribute to the Wyndham community and are role models to other young people.
Each month Council selects a Wyndham resident to be awarded the ‘Young Person of the Month’.
Winners are awarded a $300 gift voucher to support their studies and community work.
For more information about Youth Services One Wyndham Project go to: www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/services/youth-services/awards-competitions/one-wyndham