By: Alsu Kurlow
Source: Human Appeal Australia via MuslimVillage
Young Australian Muslims are invited to participate in the Sounds of Light 2017 Talent Quest, which accompanies the Sounds of Light Charity Concerts.
The internationally-recognised Sounds of Light Charity Concert (SOL) is the biggest event on the calendar of the Australian Muslim community. With destinations nationwide, SOL is an event that brings Muslim communities together for an evening of delightful entertainment to benefit orphans and disadvantaged children overseas. Over the span of ten years, SOL has attracted more than 50,000 attendees in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney as well as Auckland in New Zealand, resulting in the incredible sponsorship of more than 7,000 orphans around the world.
This year SOL concerts will be held in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane between 23rd and 27th November. Multi-Platinum artist Maher Zain from Sweden will make his awaited return to Australia along with comedian Preacher Moss from the US and the distinguished singer Adel Elmshiti from Libya. Imam Suhaib Webb from US will be the guest speaker and Dr. Omer Turkmen from Turkey will be the Quran reciter And from the UK, sensational young talent Harris J will also be entertaining the audience.
The Sounds of Light 2017 Talent Quest is an initiative of the newly established division Human Appeal Australia Community Care (HAACC) as part of its youth development program. HAACC uses the performing and creative arts to give young people the platform to realise their potential and contribute to a sense of identity, self worth and belonging, helping to motivate and prepare them to contribute towards positive social change.
This competition is a fantastic opportunity for young Australian Muslims to perform alongside well-known artists like Maher Zain, Adel Elmshiti, Preacher Moss and Harris J. The finalists will be rewarded with prizes and the opportunity to be part of the Human Appeal Leadership Alumni Program.
Mr Bashar Al-Jamal, the Director of Human Appeal Australia, said: “The primary aim of the Talent Quest is to engage Muslim school-aged children and youth from minority and refugee backgrounds, helping to promote wellbeing and social cohesion through the arts. We believe all young people have the potential and are capable of great achievement if given the opportunity.”
Young artists aged 5-19 must submit video entries by Sunday 12th of November 2017. Solo performers, groups, schools and youth organisations are invited to join the competition with any talent, in any language or genre under the following categories:
- Age Groups: 5-9 years, 10-13 years and 14-19 years
- Solo, Group, Choir or School performers
- Quran recitation, Nasheed, Value-Driven Songs,
- Spoken Word, Poetry, Stand-Up Comedy, Drama Plays
- Filmmaking and Martial Arts
Video audition entries must be submitted at: http://www.soundsoflight.com.au/talentquest/
Finalists will be selected to perform at the Sounds of Light 2017 Charity Concerts which will be held in the following cities:
- Perth: Thursday 23 November 2017
- Adelaide: Friday 24 November 2017
- Sydney: Saturday 25 November 2017
- Melbourne: Sunday 26 November 2017
- Brisbane: Monday 27 November 2017
For venue and bookings see this page.