Mar­vel­lous Mulkadee

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

ON Fri­day night, July 21, I had the priv­i­lege of at­tend­ing the Townsville Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Youth Arts Fes­ti­val Mulkadee and the theme this year was “Jour­ney”.

Se­lected stu­dents from ev­ery Catholic School in the Townsville Dio­cese par­tic­i­pated in this truly amaz­ing per­for­mance.

The new Townsville Dio­cese Bishop, Tim Har­ris, and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Dr Cathy Day wel­comed the au­di­ence. Mulkadee was opened by stu­dents from Aber­gowrie Col­lege who per­formed a won­der­ful con­tem­po­rary Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der dance af­ter the ac­knowl­edg­ment to coun­try and the el­ders of the Bin­dal and Wul­gu­ruk­aba peo­ple. Both Bish- op Har­ris and Dr Day spoke of the im­por­tance of a holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion, an ed­u­ca­tion that fo­cuses on the el­e­ments of aca­demic, spir­i­tual, cul­tural and the cre­ative arts. Mulkadee is the only event of its kind in Aus­tralia.

Mulkadee was an amaz­ing per­for­mance of band pre­sented by Ben Crocker, The King’s School Syd­ney, drama pre­sented by Na­tional In­sti­tute of Dra­matic Art ( NIDA), strings pre­sented by An­toni Benetti Bris­bane Sym­phony Orches­tra, choir pre­sented by David Lawrence Royal Academy of Mu­sic Lon­don, gui­tar pre­sented by Paul Svo­boda Loretto Col­lege/ Aurora Gui­tar Mu­sic En­sem­ble, and dance pre­sented by the Syd­ney Dance Com­pany.

More than a 1000 pri­mary and sec­ondary school stu­dents in the dio­cese from the re­mote lo­ca­tions of Mt Isa in the west to Palm Is­land off the coast from Townsville and the many com­mu­ni­ties in be­tween par­tic­i­pated. My sin­cere con­grat­u­la­tions go to the stu­dents, artis­tic pro­fes­sion­als, San­dra Neal Mulkadee co- or­di­na­tor, par­ents, prin­ci­pals, teach­ers, vol­un­teers and the Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice for an out­stand­ing per­for­mance.

My con­grat­u­la­tions also go to the be­hind the scenes crew that in­cluded many stu­dents, who en­sured the light­ing, sound, cos­tumes, makeup and sets en­hanced each and ev­ery per­for­mance. Con­grat­u­la­tions also to the Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies, Ms Court- ney Dib­bin, who kept the per­for­mance flow­ing beau­ti­fully.

Mulkadee is an op­por­tu­nity to show­case the won­der­ful young peo­ple, in­clud­ing Abo­rig­i­nal, Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der and the many cul­tur­ally and lin­guis­ti­cally di­verse youth who go to school in the Townsville dio­cese.

We must not sell our youth short but ac­knowl­edge their suc­cesses and work with them to ad­dress their chal­lenges so they can grow into the very best lead­ers, be­cause they will in­flu­ence our na­tion’s di­rec­tion.

Once again con­grat­u­la­tions to ev­ery­one in­volved in 2017 Mulkadee. CATHY O’TOOLE,

Her­bert MP.

SHOW­TIME: The Spe­cial­ists were among more than 1000 stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated in Mulkadee at the Townsville En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre. Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

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