Mon, June 3, 2019

For the 8th year running, on Wednesday 22 May, over 150 Performing Arts students from across Japan joined with the Australian School of the Arts (ASTA) Combined Performing Arts students at Sheldon College. Together our students, along with their new friends, enjoyed a cultural exchange, whilst also having the opportunity to perform alongside one another in a shared concert performance that took place in the Sheldon Event Centre’s large stadium.

Throughout this concert the Osaka School of Music students showcased their J-Pop singing and choreography as well as their rock band performances. They also joined the ASTA cohort to learn and present wonderful performance items from ‘Hairspray the Musical’ and ‘the Greatest Showman’.

ASTA students, April Beak and Jessica Thomsen performed outstanding solo dance items during the concert, which was followed by a delicious BBQ.

It was a great night of shared Arts practice and lots of new friendships were formed between the students despite the language barrier.

“It was a great night that was enjoyed by all. It was also wonderful to see students speaking different languages still able to come together and do the one thing that they love most – to perform.” said Mr Alastair Tomkins, Performance Manager of the Australian School of the Arts.

 It is evident to see why this is one of the most keenly anticipated events on the ASTA calendar by the students.