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Byron High warms up winter with its Arts Festival

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Dan Reade

Byron High’s Creative and Performing Arts and Languages faculties are presenting their inaugural Winter Arts Festival this term, culminating in a final week of music, drama, and dance performances alongside visual arts and language displays.

The festival is showcasing the talents of students from across the age range of the school and is produced by year 12 V.E.T. Entertainment Industry students, who are involved in setting up the spaces, operating lighting, projection, and audio equipment.

To start the festival, year 9 students devised a drama production, Have a Voice, Make a Choice, which was showcased last week for students from local primary schools and the year 11 production of Children of the Black Skirt. Angela Beltzen’s play runs for two nights this week on Thursday and Friday.

The Winter Arts Festival culminates on Wednesday July 3 with two concerts: At 10.30am there will be a concert for year 7 parents to attend, which features all 108 year 7 students, singing together as a ‘massed’ choir, plus other items selected from all years.

Finale event

In the evening, there will be a feast for the senses, beginning with drama performances in the Performing Arts Centre, visual arts exhibitions, live calligraphy, and videos produced by the language students.

At 6.15pm, there will be the finale event in the John Collins Auditorium which will feature an evening concert of selected performances of music, dance and drama, including the all new junior jazz ensemble, the school band, a folk ensemble, drama and dance items, plus many other musical acts ranging from metal to soul, blues, and ballads. The art exhibitions can also be viewed on the evening.

All performances will be of the highest quality, following selection for the show by audition and weeks of rehearsals.

Year 12 students will be fundraising for their formal with a sausage sizzle, drinks, and a cake stall. Come and see the great talent that Byron Bay High School has to offer!

♦ Dan Reade is music teacher and co-director of the Winter Arts Festival.

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