For throngs of Young musicians, the annual festival of the arts is their chance to shine.
The 46th annual Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts features 1,250 entries of bands, smaller musical groups and individuals totalling more than 6,000 musicians from across Central Alberta.
They are vying for honours in a wide array of categories from children’s, teen and adult group and solo vocals to individuals, duets, ensembles and bands playing every conceivable musical genre.
The public is welcome to take in performances throughout the day and early evening at numerous Red Deer College venues, plus the Living Stones Church located at 2020 40th Ave. Admission is $2 per session, $3 per day and $5 for the week.
The five-day event is capped with a Performer’s Showcase featuring the best of the festival plus the award presentations and donor recognition.
That event will be held on Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. at the Living Stones Church.