MORE than 300 secondary school students in Suva took the stage by storm yesterday to tell their peers that children's voices can make a change.
The Mana Choral Festival started yesterday morning with a matinee show at the Carpenters Motors Fitness Centre where students from different schools gathered to witness the talents of their friends.
An organiser of the show and youth activist Peter Waqavonovono said the students created a platform for change.
"We can make a change and create peace on the streets of Suva. We are here because we can make a difference, a voice for a change," he said.
Singing the rendition of Where is the Love by the Black Eyed Peas, he said students needed to find love and peace within themselves.
"We cannot find peace anywhere unless we create peace within us. We have to start with ourselves before we deal with others.
"The search for paradise starts with one's self. Believe that you are the change."
Furthermore, different talents were shown at the show where student soloists wowed the audience with strong and inspirational voices trying to relay their message across.
"We have different ways of carrying inspirational music. Fiji desperately needs a change," said Mr Waqavonovono.
Renowned composer and director Igelese Ete said one of the main aims of the festival was to bridge the gap in religions, schools and communities.
"If we have faith in what we do, we can be the vehicle of change and create peace and prosperity to create a multi-cultural society," he said.
In addition, he said, young talents needed to be nurtured in schools.
"Not everyone is academically good. We need creative arts to be supported by schools to nurture the talents as we all have witnessed."
The two-day festival ends tonight.