Global quest to find top young talent

Mosaica dance group.... Masha (4), Arina (7) and Polina (7).
Mosaica dance group.... Masha (4), Arina (7) and Polina (7).

Talented young singers, dancers and musicians will represent their countries of origin as they compete for first, second and third prize.

The WA Multicultural Association (WAMA) organised the quest and President Maria Bunn said the aim was to encourage young people from community groups and schools to show off their talents while promoting different cultures.

�The quest will provide an opportunity for primary and secondary school aged youth to come together, and learn about one another�s culture, language, traditional dress and music through the various multicultural performances,� Ms Bunn said. �One could say that this Talent Quest resembles Eurovision, as there will be young performers from 20 countries around the world including Bangladesh, China, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Poland, Russia and Vietnam.�

Irina Yakimenko is the Cultural Learning Centre Mosaica director and teacher of a Russian Mosaica dance group that will be competing at the quest. She said the day would be very important for her students who were excited to compete in their first talent quest.

�It is great idea to show the diversity of multicultural dances and songs by kids,� she said.

�Our dances and songs are traditional, so we will show our ethnic costumes and folk music.�

The talent quest is at Perth Modern School on Sunday, May 3, 2-5.30pm. Entry is free, donations welcome.