THE annual Dream Story or Tadra Kahani school dance festival was launched at the Communications Fiji Limited office in Suva yesterday.
Speaking at the launch, Total Event Company manager Loretta Jackson said 14 schools from around the country had confirmed their participation at the much-anticipated event.
Mrs Jackson said Tadra Kahani started in 1995 and since then the show had provided students an avenue to express themselves via drama and visual arts.
"Tadra Kahani is about young people using creative arts, through dance and music to express strong messages about what affects them most and what is meaningful to them," she said.
Ms Jackson said it was an avenue of expression for many students who were not academically-inclined.
She said it also encouraged teenagers to live a healthy life and provided students an opportunity to experience the excitement of producing and performing a fullscale production in a professional environment.
The entire show costs about $90,000 to produce.
Natabua High School seventh former Jovesa Naisua won $250 and a Tadra Kahani plaque for designing the face of this year's show.
This year's show in the senior division will feature schools such as Dilkusha Methodist, Suva Grammar, International School Suva, Cathedral Secondary, Marist Champagnat Institute, Dudley High, LDS College, Lomary Secondary, Blue Light Fiji and Ratu Kadavulevu School.
And the junior division will feature Rishikul Primary School, International School Suva, International School Nadi and Dudley Intermediate School.
Tadra Kahani will be held on August 16 at the Vodafone Arena.