Tomorrow's stars shine on stage today

FUTURE STARS: (From left) Joanne Ansell, Chelsea Clifton, Brieannah Gibson and Arthur Holmes.
FUTURE STARS: (From left) Joanne Ansell, Chelsea Clifton, Brieannah Gibson and Arthur Holmes. Tweed Daily News

SIX-thousand performers and 26 days later, the curtain has fallen on the 78th Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts.

The annual eisteddfod is a month-long showcase of the region's talented young people in the areas of speech, music and dance.

Festival president Arthur Holmes said, as always, he was delighted with the event.

“I'm really, really happy about the whole festival,” Mr Holmes said.

“The overall highlight was the extremely high standard of performances.

“I am sorry for the people who didn't experience it.”

Mr Holmes said the festival is a place where the stars of tomorrow shine.

“There is no doubt in my mind a number of the successful competitors here will move on to national and international fame.

“The things we've been paying $5 for here in three or four years time we'll be paying $500.”

Daniel Walker received the $750 most promising music award and Xanthe Eppelstun got the $750 major speech award.

“They're both local people,” Mr Holmes said.

Dance adjudicator Joanne Ansell travelled from Sydney to judge the dance section.

“The standard here has been fantastic; absolutely wonderful,” said Ms Ansell, who has trained at the Royal Academy of Dance.

“Some of the best I've seen and I go everywhere.

“There are some very talented kids here who have been well taught with great technique.”

Festival results will be available shortly on their website,

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