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Development of New Work Creates More than Music

The development of new work by artists, arts industry professionals and young people in Armidale in North West NSW this week for the inaugural Festival of the Brave in December is about more than creating music and dance.

The festival, a partnership between Beyond Empathy, Armidale Dumaresq Council and Arts North West will be held at the Armidale Showgrounds on 13 December and will also include visual artists markets, interactive arts workshops and cultural food.

Beyond Empathy project manager, Cherene Spendelove said the energy and creativity being generated this week is exciting.

‘I can’t wait to see what emerges and becomes the festival performance, but the process of creating is as important as the artistic work itself,’ Ms Spendelove said.

‘These workshops are fundamental to the project because they not only offer skills development, but opportunities for the young people involved to develop their person skills including organisation and planning, collaboration, decision-making, responsibility and communication.’

‘Well known musicians David Leha (aka Radical Son), Anthony Green and Leetona Pitt are working with some talented young people to write and record music, while professional dancer Michael Leslie is choreographing and rehearsing new work with some amazing young dancers,’ she said.

Other local young people with an interest in the creative industries are also having an opportunity to develop new skills with music producer, Kai Tipping, sharing his technical skills in the recording studio with an enthusiastic young person, and artist Jonathon Larsen mentoring a young photographer in the documentation of the project.

Beyond Empathy uses art to influence change and places young people at the centre of the storytelling process, recognising they can be the agents for change in their own lives and life of the broader community.

The Festival of the Brave will build on the spirit and succes of the 2013 Rainbow Ridge Songlines and Silver City Songlines in 2012.

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The Festival of the Brave is part of the Beyond Empathy project ACCESS ALL AREAS – opening doors to community for young people in Armidale. Access all Areas has received NSW government funding through the Office of Communities.

 The Festival of the Brave project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports sustainable cultural development in regional, rural and remote Australia to give artists and communities better access to opportunities to practise and experience the arts.