Young Australian Muslims are invited to participate in the Sounds of Light 2017 Talent Quest, which accompanies the Sounds of Light Charity Concerts.

The internationally-recognised Sounds of Light Charity Concert (SOL) is the biggest event on the calendar of the Australian Muslim community. With destinations nationwide, SOL is an event that brings Muslim communities together for an evening of delightful entertainment to benefit orphans and disadvantaged children overseas.

Harris J and Sounds of Light Talent Quest performers at Sounds Of Light concert 2016 at Sports Centre, Olympic Park, NSW, Australia. Photo by Radim Cechvala

This year SOL concerts will be held in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane between 23 and 27 November. Multi-Platinum artist Maher Zain from Sweden will make his awaited return to Australia along with comedian Preacher Moss from the US and the distinguished singer Adel Elmshiti from Libya. Imam Suhaib Webb from the US will be the guest speaker and Dr Omer Turkmen from Turkey will be the Quran reciter while from the UK, sensational young talent Harris J will also be entertaining the audience.

The Sounds of Light 2017 Talent Quest is an initiative of the newly established division Human Appeal Australia Community Care (HAACC) as part of its youth development program. HAACC uses the performing and creative arts to give young people the platform to realise their potential and contribute to a sense of identity, self worth and belonging, helping to motivate and prepare them to contribute towards positive social change.

This competition is a fantastic opportunity for young Australian Muslims to perform alongside well-known artists like Maher Zain, Adel Elmshiti, Preacher Moss and Harris J. The finalists will be rewarded with prizes and the opportunity to be part of the Human Appeal Leadership Alumni Program.

Australian International Academy Kellyville students choir at Sounds Of Light concert 2016 at Sports Centre, Olympic Park, NSW, Australia. Photo by Radim Cechvala

Young artists aged 5-19 must submit video entries by Sunday 12 November 2017. Solo performers, groups, schools and youth organisations are invited to join the competition with any talent, in any language or genre under the following categories:

  • Age Groups: 5-9 years, 10-13 years and 14-19 years
  • Solo, Group, Choir or School performers
  • Quran recitation, Nasheed, Value-Driven Songs,
  • Spoken Word, Poetry, Stand-Up Comedy, Drama Plays
  • Filmmaking and Martial Arts

Video audition entries must be submitted at: www.soundsoflight.com.au/talentquest/

Rayana Ajam, Jamal El Sankari and Hajar Al Moussawi at Sounds Of Light concert 2016 at Sports Centre, Olympic Park, NSW, Australia. Photo by Radim Cechvala

Finalists will be selected to perform at the Sounds of Light 2017 Charity Concerts which will be held in the following cities:

  • Perth: Thursday 23 November 2017
  • Adelaide: Friday 24 November 2017
  • Sydney: Saturday 25 November 2017
  • Melbourne: Sunday 26 November 2017
  • Brisbane: Monday 27 November 2017