Friday, April 12, 2013

Quest is on at National Youth Week

Young singers will have the chance to win mentoring with Australian pop idol Mark Holden and country star Paul Costa when Mission Australia’s Urban Quest opens tomorrow.

Urban Quest will be launched during the Battle of the Bands Competition at National Youth Week celebrations in Darwin tomorrow night – right before Skarlett, who were runners-up in the 2011 Mission Australia comp, take to the stage to launch their new EP ‘Life so far’.

Now in its third year, Urban Quest aims to help young people build self-esteem and confidence through music.

Mission Australia NT Director Jillian Smith said it is important Urban Quest is a part of National Youth Week.

“In the last two National Survey of Young Australians, Territory kids have ranked school or study problems and body image among their top personal concerns,” Ms Smith said.

“Urban Quest not only helps improve self-confidence, but it also connects young people with their local community and help services we offer including Youth Connections.

“Urban Quest is more than a singing competition. We hope to touch many young Territorians through the event so they, and their friends, know where to go for help and support.”

Urban Quest is open to singers aged from 10 to 19 years with auditions to be held in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and Alice Springs in May.

This year the competition will culminate with a free Finals Concert under the stars at the Darwin Waterfront on 6 July, where ten Urban Quest finalists will perform their best song on the night to win.

The Urban Quest Finals Concert will be judged by Mark Holden, Paul Costa and Darwin’s own James Mangohig from electronic soul duo Sietta, and feature guest performances by some of Darwin’s favourite young stars.

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