Stanthorpe will host the Granite Belt Performing Arts Challenge (GBPAC) from 11 to 14 May, 2017. Bringing amateur competition to the Granite Belt, GBPAC offers performers from various performing arts disciplines the opportunity to compete and be critiqued by industry professionals.

Queensland Ballet and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music have provided sponsorship, and will be sending dancers and performers

to run workshops for the competitors and to adjudicate the Ballet and Musical Theatre sections for 2017.

Accomplished musician and vocalist Mr Kuki Tipoki will be judging the tap and jazz section this year. Mr Tipoki plays the cello, guitar, and bass, and has numerous musical theatre credits including Mamma Mia, SHOUT!, and the Boy From Oz.

Representing Queensland Ballet will be Mr Christian Tátchev. Having trained at the National School of Sofia, Bulgaria,

Mr Tátchev began his career as a professional dancer at age 16 and reached the rank or Principal Dancer in 2000.

“GBPAC is a commitment to youth in the Performing Arts Sector and provides a regional location for all performers to come and participate in a professional competition,” said Mrs Cheryl Green, GBPAC Groups Convenor.

“This is an exciting opportunity for young performers in the community.”

Banner image: Christian Tátchev