More than 750 Catholic school students from across North Queensland are this week gathering at Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre to pull together a major arts concert in just five days. Source: Townsville Catholic Education.
Now in its 15th year, Mulkadee Youth Arts Festival is the only event of its kind in Australia, offering a week-long program of artistic workshops led by local industry professionals. The festival will culminate on Friday night, when the students take the stage to perform The Wizard of Oz.
The program involves intensive workshops in choir, dance, drama, theatre and music.
Townsville Catholic Education Executive Director, Jacqui Francis, said the festival concept was developed to provide students across the diocese an opportunity to engage in the arts.
“Mulkadee is a wonderful experience for all involved providing our students and teaching staff who have an interest in the arts, an opportunity to come together and collaborate and develop their skills.
“For many of the students from our rural and remote areas, the opportunity to workshop, rehearse and perform at a venue such as the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre is a unique experience in itself.
“This year, students will be collaborating to present the classic story, The Wizard of Oz, with a modern twist,” Ms Francis said.
Students take the stage for Mulkadee Youth Arts Festival (Townsville Catholic Education)