The annual Festival of the Arts and Competition runs over 14 days in New Plymouth. The event provides a platform for young people to share their talents, gain experience and inspire others in public performance of the arts.
“It is important for young people to have an opportunity to perform in their chosen art,” said Kay Grigg, Secretary and Treasurer of the New Plymouth Competitions Society.
“Our objective is to promote and enhance the performing arts in the community. This event gives the experience of performing in a prestigious venue, in front of experienced adjudicators from many parts of New Zealand, who in turn share their knowledge and expertise with the participants.”
“Many of our young talented artists have started their career paths here at these competitions. Our biggest challenge is to secure major funding from organisations that support the arts for amateurs as, without funding, we cannot continue to grow this young talent.”
Toi Foundation provided a grant of $18,270 to assist with the costs of the festival for the last three years. The grant funds the venue hire to stage the competitions for the various genres.
“I am very passionate about this society and have been involved in it for over 50 years. Toi Foundation has been supporting our organisation for as far back as I can remember and we have always been grateful for their support.”
“Over 80 volunteers are involved in the festival across the various genres. This grant has given so many children the opportunity to showcase their talents and grow from the opportunities that we as volunteers give them by hosting this festival of the arts," Kay said.
“In the last three years, hundreds of dancers, musicians, vocal and drama students from throughout Taranaki have come together to take part in this festival."