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From Murwillumbah to New York

ENTRIES for the 78th Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts have been extended to this Friday.

President Arthur Holmes said this year's festival is looking better than ever with forms coming in steadily.

“So far this year we have people from between Sydney and the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

Mr Holmes said the annual event, this year from June 26 to July 21, has gained the reputation of “the friendly festival”.

“Because it is in such a homely town as Murwillumbah, our contestants feel inclined to get in touch.”

This was the case for local “song and dance man” Michaeljon Slinger.

“Michaeljon contacted me recently because he always said he'd let me know when he made it big time,” Mr Holmes said.

“He's just got a role in West Side Story on Broadway.

“He had been coming to the festival from when he was a small boy until he got a scholarship to study ballet in New York.”

A beaming Mr Holmes said he wished he could go to New York to see Michaeljon perform.

“He said I always saw his potential and encouraged him to go on.

“The festival is such an important stepping stone for them to move onto bigger things.”

Another local star who has come through the festival ranks is Burringbar's Nobel Lakaev.

Nobel has made it into the grand final of this season's Australia's Got Talent TV show, but will still be dancing in this year's festival.

Mr Holmes has been president for 20 years.

“My passion is the theatre, and all my life I've been involved in it,” he said.

Entry forms are available at

If you have any problems call the convenors: music Pauline Hibbard (02 6672 3597), speech Kay Robinson (07 5524 1257), dance Judith Kingston (0408 282057), or Mr Holmes (02 6672 1563).

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