Talents of young Indigenous Queenslanders were showcased last
night at the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts graduation in
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Minister Desley Boyle awarded more than 40 graduates with their certificates - but not before a night full of acting, singing, dancing and music.
"These performers have the IT factor," Ms Boyle said.
"It was a pleasure to be part of the show and to have the opportunity to enjoy their performances, from music and slow dance to soul and some musical theatre," she said.
"The centre and its talented team including Leah Purcell should take a bow for instilling in these performers a hunger to share their cultural interpretation and skill - these artists are ones to watch.
"This is an inspirational centre of excellence and innovation for Australian Indigenous performing artists, with the school committed to developing world-class performers and art workers wh o embrace culture and contribute to Australia's cultural identity."
The students undergo training in acting, dance, singing and music, supported by classes in arts administration, well being and business training.
"I congratulate all of the graduating students on their outstanding achievements and I wish them luck with their future endeavours - I am sure we will be hearing and seeing more of you in the years ahead."
The Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts is a Queensland Government owned training organisation for talented young Indigenous people and artists.
"The centre provides a nurturing environment which celebrates artistic excellence in contemporary performing arts practice and training and it strengthens the voice of the next generation of Indigenous performing artists and arts workers," said the Minister.
"It is dedicated to the development of the Indigenous performing artist, providing the essential skills, expertise and prac tical experience to succeed in the mainstream performing arts industry.
"As a reflection of ACPA's achievements, its students have performed at a number of public events this year, including the launch of the Preamble to the Queensland Constitution at Parliament House and NAIDOC Week festivities."
Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Desley Boyle
Spotlight shines on talented artists who have the 'IT' factor