Thursday, February 23, 2012

Territory talent hunt begins in Central Australia

Young singers will have the chance to win a weeks’ mentoring with Australian pop idol Mark Holden in Darwin when Mission Australia’s Urban Quest gets underway tomorrow.
The hunt for the Territory’s best young talent kicks off at the Youth Hub in Alice followed by heats in Darwin and Katherine over the coming weeks.
The competition, which aims to help young people build self esteem and confidence, is open to singers, rappers, beatboxers and groups under 19 years. 
Now in its second year, it’s the first time Urban Quest will be held in Alice Springs.  
Two acts from an Alice Springs semi final, to be held in March, will go through to the Urban Quest finals concert in Darwin during April.
Flights and accommodation will be provided for the winning acts with mentoring provided by Mark Holden in the week leading up to the big night.
The former Australian Idol judge and ‘touchdown’ king will then team up with Deni Hines and Mission Australia Ambassador and country singer Paul Costa to judge the finals concert on 15 April at the Darwin Entertainment Centre.  
The ten Urban Quest finalists will each perform their best song on the night to win cash and prizes.
The finals concert also includes a guest performance by Deni Hines and 2011 Urban Quest winner Tevita Moala.
Competition details:
24 Feb                   Alice Springs heats, Youth Hub, 10am
25 Feb                   Alice Springs heats, Youth Hub, 9am
10 March               Alice Springs semi finals, Youth Hub, 4pm
Urban Quest finals concert at Darwin Entertainment Centre on 15 April at 7pm
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