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Gospel choir to headline local WYD concert

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As preparations continue for next year’s World Youth Day celebrations in Adelaide, organisers have confirmed that leading vocal powerhouse Gospo Collective will be the headline act for the evening concert.

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The group will be a major drawcard for the January 27 event, with local audiences well aware of their talent from performances at the annual Adelaide Fringe festival. As part of the program, director Charmaine Jones will also be running a workshop on ‘The Voice Within’.

To be held at Sacred Heart College, the event is being hosted by the Adelaide Archdiocese and will coincide with WYD activities in Panama.

Peter Bierer, coordinator with the Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults, said planning was well underway for the three-day festival which will run over the Australia Day long weekend.

“We’re expecting about 1000 young people to attend which will make it the biggest diocesan youth event since the Double M Festival in 2010.

“It’s been a busy few weeks but we’ve now locked in most of the 35 acts and speakers who are coming from across Australia and overseas,” he said.

Some of the ‘big’ names include speakers from Jesuitical, a weekly podcast from the USA featuring Ashley McKinless, Zac Davis and Olga Segura from America Magazine.

They will be attending several pre-festival events including a master class with Arch D Radio students, a Pub Theology-style event on January 25 and a pilgrimage to Sevenhill winery/retreat centre for young adults on January 26. Jesuitical will also run a festival workshop on Catholic media, coordinating a live taping of the podcast.

Other workshop topics to be covered during the event include: The Voice Within (Charmaine Jones); Music and Prayer (Genevieve Bryant); Mental health issues facing young people – and how the faith communities can help (headspace).

Panels comprising local experts and young people will also address a number of topics relevant to young Catholics including Ecological Justice (environmental issues and the Catholic response); Living Faith – social justice in action; Living Your Passion – featuring young people who have followed their passions and are making a difference in the world.

For more details about the program go to www.cathyouthadelaide.org.au

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