Spotlight In the Valley

Spotlight In the Valley
Variety Community Concert
Saturday December 3rd At The Angaston Town Hall, Barossa Valley

"Ability Available for All"

" People look, but they don't see, even though they are looking right at me
People look, people stare, just say hello 'cause I'm in here
And there's no place for anger, no place for fear
No place for rejection
Accept me as I am, love me as I am, love me as I am... I'm here." *

This is one of the brilliant songs performed on Saturday with the Big Country Choir and Tutti Ensemble. Songs and music know no boundary and this was evident by the enjoyment gained by both performers and the audience.

Now in its sixth year, the annual concert provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and talents of community members, with and without a disability, in actual fact, it demonstrates a seamless transition, and will continue to do so with each new year.

"The concert just gets better and bigger every year," reported Leisure Options Co ordinator Pam Young. "We are now being approached by different community groups to be part of the day, which in turn spreads the word amongst performers and community members. And we believe by staging the event on, or as close to the International Day of Disability each year, we are increasing the community awareness in regard to disability."

The concert program presented both music, song, dramatic skits, dance segments, karaoke and poetry; many of the performances were from the day programmes that Barossa Leisure Options runs yearly, and consequently involved both group members, group leaders, contractor and volunteers and friends.

There was plenty of time after the concert to mingle over afternoon tea and revel in the joy of performing, sharing and acknowledging the talents of many, and once enticed from the individual can take form and fly!!!

* Song copyright Pat Rix and The Big Country Choir 2004, music and words.