More bands applying to represent Brunei at WCOPA 2015

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MORE than 100 aspiring artistes have applied to audition for next year’s World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) 2015 competition, to be held at Long Beach, California.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, National Director of WCOPA in Brunei Jeffrey Cadayong said although the number of applicants this year was more or less the same as last year, there were a lot more groups this time around.

“There are bands auditioning this year – including one that consists of the use of traditional instruments,” he said.

Cadayong said there are more instrumentalists auditioning this year as well.

They were perhaps inspired by 15-year-old violinist Shian Li Esther Chiam’s win of the Junior Grand World Champion Instrumentalist award, in addition to five gold medals at WCOPA 2014 earlier this year, he added.

Cadayong also shared that this was the first time WCOPA Brunei is accepting applications for the “Dance” category, which was rather popular.

“I think people are starting to realise the opportunity that WCOPA gives to artistes. It’s a platform that allows young people to showcase their talents.

“By travelling abroad (for the competition), it also opens up a lot of doors and opportunities for them, as some receive go-see invitations from international agencies,” Cadayong pointed out.

The national director observed that a lot of performing arts events and activities were popping up more than before in Brunei, as more locals pursue their dreams and realise that performing arts is actually a “job-generating opportunity”.

According to Cadayong, applications for WCOPA 2015 were open as early as August this year, with prospective performers applying via email.

When asked, he said there was no limit to the number of performers who would be representing Brunei in next year’s competition.

“However, we are looking at bringing at least 10 delegates like last year.

“This year’s team saw one Grand World Champion and four grand finalists, and we hope to bring another strong team from Brunei to next year’s competition,” he said.

Cadayong is confident about the soon-to-be decided team from Brunei, based solely on the amount of talent that prospective auditioners are bringing to the table.

The auditions will be judged by himself, who will be assisted by last year’s New York Film Academy scholarship recipient Joanna Kwan (for the acting category) and two-time WCOPA performer Maria Grace Koh (for the vocals category).

Team Brunei bagged a total of 38 medals at this year's WCOPA competition in Los Angeles.

Closed auditions to decide Team Brunei performers for next year are slated to take place today, from 8am to 5pm.

The Brunei Times