Music@MONA celebrates youth talent

THE lawns at MONA were a hotbed of youth talent last month during the Music@MONA All Abilities Music and Performance Showcase.

Hosted by Tascare Society for Children, the Youth Week Tasmania event highlighted the contributions young people make to the community.

Tascare executive officer Megan Cunningham said the event celebrated the mixed skills and talents of young people.

“Music@MONA builds the capacity of young people to engage with the broader community and develop practical skills through their involvement in planning and delivering the event,” she said.

“As part of our Youth Week event, we worked with the Hobart Rock Band Academy on a music mentorship.

“The process was a wonderful opportunity and the two newly formed bands were excited to perform at their first big event.”

The Music@MONA event saw more than 50 performers take to the stage, with even more showcasing their talents in the varied festival tents.

Performers included the Taiko Drummers from Rosny College, Big Al’s band and the Brightstars dance troupe.

Ms Cunningham said young people were involved in planning the event, and had included activities suitable for all ages.

“These included a drumming circle, henna art, hair braiding, teen yoga, a nail and beauty corner and big outdoor games,” she said.

“There were also plenty of stalls with youth-related information and activities on offer, which were perfect for young people and their families.”

Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, who attended the event, said the Tasmanian Government had provided Tascare with a $1,850 Youth Week Tasmania grant to run the Music@MONA initiative.

“Youth Week Tasmania events like Music@MONA provide an important opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views and create and enjoy entertainment,” she said.

“It also gives the community the opportunity to listen to young people, acknowledge their efforts and contributions, and provide a community-wide focus on issues of concern for young people.”

Tascare was among 13 Tasmanian programs to receive grants to run events and activities that aim to inspire local youths.

Caption: Hannah Roland Kristensen, who is part of the newly formed Rock Band ‘Right of Way’, performing at Music@MONA. Photo credit: Ken McColl – Stuff in My Eye Photography.

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