Schools will do battle in huge performing arts challenge

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LESS than a week away from the biggest performing arts event of the year – and Portsmouth can boast the highest number of shows from here to Australia.

The 2011 UK Rock Challenge will light up the Portsmouth Guildhall for five days from Tuesday, April 26, with schools across the region battling it out with their dance moves and style.

Established in 1996, the nationwide competition aims to capture the imaginations of seven to 18-year-olds through the experience of performing live on a professional platform.

And for the first time this year it is being replicated in far-off places including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Dubai, Japan and throughout Europe.

Stuart McGregor, UK assistant manager of charity Be Your Best Foundation, which supports Rock Challenge, said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled that Portsmouth is staging the largest number of shows in the world.

‘That shows how passionately and strongly we feel about this city which has a fantastic cultural life and lots of talent.

‘We are all so excited about the show this month which is gearing up to be our biggest and best yet.’

Two dozen teams will be selected for the finals in June where they will compete for the south area title.