Highlights of Festival of Arts
We’ve reported so far on the arrest of law enforcement officers, other crimes and flooding, but there’s something positive that has just concluded that shows talent of the youth. The annual National Festival of Arts, a showcase in the performing arts, culminated with a youth concert at the Bliss over the weekend. The event brought to an end three days of presentations in various artistic media including music and dance, as well as theater. The platform, according to Kim Vasquez, also created an opportunity for new talent to be discovered within a pool of one hundred students from the primary and secondary levels. Their skills, Vasquez says, will be developed and honed in the months to come.
Kim Vasquez, Program Officer, ICA
“The overall, it’s been very successful; the festival this year. It continues to grow and it continues to be well-attended. And what we have been noticing is that there is an improvement in the level of the performances coming from the participants both from outside the school system and within. What we have done here by putting the national level component to the Festival of Arts is that it pushes the children to work harder and to do better in their pieces.”
“Were there any particular stand out talents or performances this time around that warrants more attention either from those within any aspects of the performing arts?”
“Several, yes. And actually, you look here at the Bliss Stage and we could have identified some that really stood out. They were all excellent and we brought the most outstanding ones here at the Bliss Stage and we look forward to working with some of these individuals that we saw.”