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Performing arts festival

The Sunshine Coast Festival of the Performing Arts (SCFPA) continues its long tradition of promoting and encouraging local performing artists on the Sunshine Coast by offering a virtual festival this year.
“There is a need now, more than ever, to encourage amateurs in our community to enter the festival as part of their journey and ongoing development as performers in music and the arts,” says Sarah Lowis, president of the SCFPA. “The experience offers an avenue to improve their skills through constructive evaluation by an experienced professional in their discipline, other than their teacher.”
Lowis further explains that: “A virtual presentation has the added bonus of making performances even more accessible to the community, family and friends, who can experience the excitement and hard work of the performers from the comfort of their homes, or wherever they happen to be at the time, from around the world, and without the need of travel.”
The festival takes place from April 12 to 30. During these dates, once the performers have submitted their recorded entries, the adjudicators will offer their professional guidance through written and live virtual adjudication. The Highlights Concert featuring the top performers takes place virtually on Sunday, May 2.
Performers automatically become members upon registering for the festival and must register by Monday, March 8, online through the festival website at www.coastfestival.com. The Syllabus and Recording and Submission Guidelines are also available on the website. The deadline to submit recorded entries is Monday, April 12.
“Each year, we reach out to the community to request financial support,” says Janice Brunson, director of the board. “The community’s generous financial contribution makes it possible for the festival to have high-quality adjudication and provide awards and scholarships to outstanding individuals and groups – for which we are most grateful. Many students pursue post-secondary education with financial assistance from the festival awards.” Submitted

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