Young artists tuned in to learn­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - EMMA CHADWICK

AL­MOST 1000 chil­dren are learn­ing from lead­ing mu­sic, dance and drama ex­perts dur­ing a mas­sive youth arts fes­ti­val in Townsville.

School stu­dents from Years 5 to 12 have come from as far away as Clon­curry, Win­ton, Hugh­en­den, Palm Is­land, Ing­ham, Char­ters Tow­ers and Bowen for the Mulkadee Youth Arts Fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val be­gan on Mon­day with stu­dents per­fect­ing their parts ahead mu­si­cal spec­tac­u­lar on Fri­day.

Fes­ti­val director San­dra Neal said the most promis­ing stu­dents from around the re­gion and 150 lo­cal teach­ers and sup­port staff were in­volved in the pro­gram.

“Not only do the kids grow and develop, our teach­ers develop new skills and take them back to their schools. It is amaz­ing,” Ms Neal said.

“I think this is the best Mulkadee ever, the stan­dard is higher than of a ever be­fore. The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the spe­cial­ists and stu­dents is so good this year.”

Ms Neal said stu­dents would go into dress re­hearsal to­mor­row with the ma­jor per­for­mance in front of 2000 peo­ple at Townsville En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on Fri­day night. Get your spe­cial four- page Mulkadee Youth Arts Fes­ti­val fea­ture inside your Townsville Bul­letin.

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