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Entries open for Showquest 2022

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Entries have opened for Showquest 2022, the fifth year of what has become Aoteroa’s largest performing arts programme for schools.

The event will be held live in 12 regions across the country, and host thousands of young performers and creatives.

Showquest is offered nationwide by Rockquest Promotions, the team behind the successful original music competitions Smokefreerockquest, Smokefree Tangata Beats and Rockshop Bandquest.

The programme, which is the government appointed replacement for Stage Challenge, has seen rapid growth since it was launched in 2018.

In 2021, more than  5600 students performed to over 11,000 audience members at events across the country.

With a focus on art, music, dance, drama, culture & technology, students from years 1-13 are encouraged to think out-of-the-box to create live performance pieces.

Project Manager Lucy Wymer says the driving rationale of the overall programme is for students to develop their confidence and leadership skills, while working collaboratively and expressing their creativity.

“Showquest asks students to come forward and get involved in a practical way to work towards an overall goal. Together as a team they put together their performance, learning from each other and each taking on an active role. It is such a thrill to see their ideas come to life.”

Showquest has partnered with World of WearableArt, inviting students to create a Wearable Art garment in a programme called Toi.

Toi sits within Showquest as an aspect of the live show, with an option for entrants to also submit their entry directly into Toi - independent from a school group. 

Showquest will be held from May to July, heading to Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū, Taranaki, Nelson, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago and Southland.

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