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New Dance and Songs to Feature at Festival of the Brave

The amazing array of talent of Aboriginal young people in the Armidale area will be showcased at the first Festival of the Brave with the main event on Saturday 13 December at the Armidale Showgrounds.

Festival of the Brave is a community led event that builds on the work of Beyond Empathy, and projects including No Shame day, Access All Areas and the Maven Project. The cross-community, multi-arts event is managed in partnership with Armidale Dumaresq Council, the Armidale Local Aboriginal Land Council and Arts North West. Arts North West is involved in the establishment of links and pathways for artists to take their work further including to the recent Black Arts Market at Corroboree Sydney.

Funded through the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, the festival will feature a visual artists’ market, cultural food stalls, projections, interactive performances, spoken word performances and dance.

Musicians David Leha (aka Radical Son), Anthony Green and Leetona Pitt worked with a number of young people to write and record music, while professional dancer Michael Leslie choreographed and worked with some amazing young dancers.

Local teenager, Annabel Froome and Sophie Leggett worked with David Leha to produce the produce the song, Believe in Yourself.

As well as developing artistic skills the workshops also offered opportunities for the young people involved to develop their person skills including organisation and planning, collaboration, decision-making, responsibility and communication.

Other activities during the festival will include Brave Conversations, with No Shame Day being held from 4pm-6pm on the Armidale Mall Stage. No Shame Day encourages young people to step out into the light, be proud of who they are and what they can contribute. Using public performances of dance and song, No Shame Day helps to create pride in the Aboriginal community. It is a day to be shame free.

A community art exhibition, Catharsis, began on 14 November at the New England Regional Art Museum and in shop front windows throughout Armidale. The cross-community art installation that has turned positives into negatives.

Full details of the Festival of the Brave and program is available here.

Pictured at top: David Leha aka Radical Son talks with Annabel Froome about the importance of storytelling in songwriting.

Watch the video of Sophie Leggett and Annabel Froome singing the song they co-wrote with assistance from David Leha (aka Radical Son), Believe in Yourself.

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