Classical pianist Eliza Lewis will be one of the young performers at the upcoming Youth Talent Festival in Sooke. (Contributed)

Youth Talent Festival comes to Sooke

The festival will showcase young, emerging performers

In a summer that seems packed with festivals, shows and fairs, the Edward Milne Community School Society’s Kyla Lovbakke has yet another event planned. But this one comes with a twist.

The society’s youth engagement program has planned the first Youth Talent Festival, an event designed to exclusively showcase the range of talent of the young people in Sooke.

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“I wanted to organize something to give young people a chance to get up on a stage and to show off their talent,” said Lovbakke.

“In high school, I was active in the arts and dance, and I know the thrill of getting up on a stage as an amateur and having the opportunity to perform. I thought it would be great to give other young people that same chance.”

It’s an opportunity that Eliza Lewis, one of the performers at this year’s event, is anticipating with more than a little excitement.

“I’ve studied classical piano for 15 years and I do regularly play at a senior home as well as at our church, but there are a lot of times when it’s just me practising with no one to hear the music,” said Lewis.

“This event will give me an opportunity to listen to other performers as well as to share my music with others.”

Lewis will be joined on stage by her sister Alana Gibb, who is an accomplished violinist.

The Youth Talent Festival will take place at Ed Macgregor Park on Aug. 11, betweennoon and 6 p.m. and will feature performers aged 16 to 22 years of age.

There’ll be food vendors on hand as well as a chance to buy dollar raffle tickets for some great prizes. All the proceeds of the raffle will go to defray the cost of hosting the event.

“There are a lot of opportunities and festivals where experienced musicians and performers can appear, but for emerging talent, it’s not really the case. This festival will give them that chance. And the fact is, some of these young people are amazing,” said Lovbakke.

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