PRIMARY school students showcased their talent on Tuesday in Hargreaves Mall as part of Bendigo’s Festival of Culture.
The crowd braved the bitter winds to watch students sing, strum guitar, and fire-twirl.
Festival organiser Noemi Cummings said the youth talent competition was a chance for primary and secondary students to be creative and advance their capabilities.
“We want to encourage young people to develop their talents," she said.
Cora Fuentes, a co-ordinator at Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services said that the event is a chance to create awareness of the diversity within the community.
“The competition shows the full range of multiculturalism that exists within Bendigo," she said.
The winner of the competition walked away with $200.
The runner-up received $100 and third place was awarded $50.
However none of the participants left without a prize, all received a voucher for the Bendigo Asian Grocery.
The event was judged by City of Greater Bendigo councillor Rod Fyffe.
Cr Fyffe was joined by Ruth Welling, executive director of AdventCare Bendigo, and Ms Cummings.
Ms Cummings said that she was impressed with the quality of the participants.
“The event was brilliant," she said.
"There was a lot of competition.”
Ms Cummings was particularly captivated by a 12-year-old girl who performed an Indian dance.
The student from Weeroona College took out the first prize for the high school category.
John Steel, 9, took out the first place prize for the primary school category.
“He played very well," Ms Cummings said. "The piano didn’t have enough keys on it and everything kept going wrong, but in spite of all that he played superbly." "John maintained his composure under less than perfect conditions.”
Musicians Tara Flinn and Jerry O'Callaghan also performed.
The talent quest was the first of a week-long list of activities to celebrate the festival.