‘Dream Big, Shine Bright’ - Rock Challenge® is set to return for an epic 2016 tour!
The Be Your Best Rock Challenge® events aim to inspire, engage and motivate young people to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices and from Tuesday 19th April Eden Court Theatre will be taken over by more than 1000 local students as they rise to the challenge for another year.
The Rock Challenge® is an excellent opportunity for young people to perform live on a professional stage whilst encouraging an adrenalin-based high that can be experienced through performing rather than using tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.
Teams as small as 10, or as large as 135 students, will have up to eight minutes to perform their chosen theme to an audience of family, friends, VIPs, sponsors and a panel of industry professionals. Every aspect of the performance will have been devised, designed and created by the students and we will see a variety of themes from the tackling of current social issues to the retelling of real-life events or fictional pieces.
The Highland secondary schools taking part are:
Nairn Academy, Inverness High School, Wick High School, Culloden Academy, Dingwall Academy, Grantown Grammar School , Alness Academy, Invergordon Academy, Thurso High School, Kinlochleven High School, Kingussie High School, Millburn Academy, Golspie High School and Farr High School.
The Highland Primary schools taking part are:
Bridgend Primary, Melvich Primary, Crown Primary, Tongue Primary, Cauldeen Primary and Smithton Primary
Senior Event Manager, Samantha Eastwood, is looking forward to seeing what the schools will produce in this year’s Rock Challenge®: “Every year we are amazed by the amount of time and effort that schools put into creating their Rock Challenge and J Rock performances. Schools learn the importance of team work and perseverance as their many hours or hard work pay off in spectacular performances. This experience is the highlight of so many young people’s school careers and creates lasting memories for years to come.”
Involving more than 330 schools across the country this year’s UK Rock Challenge® and J Rock™ tour is expected to reach 20,000 young people between the ages of 7 and 18 years old and upwards of 38,000 audience members.
With Rock Challenge® growing rapidly each year, Be Your Best Foundation Chair, Juno Hollyhock is looking forward to seeing how many events will be running across the country for 2016: "Every year thousands of young people across the UK take part in this life changing event. The Rock Challenge empowers and inspires pupils to be the best that they can be without tobacco, alcohol or drugs, it provides a safe creative space where energy and inspiration can run wild, it builds resilience and improves health and wellbeing as well as cultivating team work, employability skills and talent. I am so proud to be associated with this fantastic event."