World Youth Day 2008 song competition inundated with entries

Friday December 1, 2006

World Youth Day 2008 (WYD08) organisers have been flooded with entries to their song competition, with 115 received before yesterday’s deadline.

A judging panel is now locked away listening to dozens of tunes and poring over lyric sheets in the search for an inspirational theme song for the world’s biggest youth event in July 2008.

“We are incredibly pleased with the strong response to the competition,” said Fr Peter Williams, chair of the judging panel.

“We look forward to listening to the entries, as we know each was created with passion and talent.”

The competition, launched on the October long weekend, attracted entries from songwriters aged between 11 and 84.

The songs have come from across Australia and include entries from young Catholics, the clergy, past World Youth Day participants and non-Catholics.

“One was recorded on a cassette around a piano, others in home basements and many have gone to the effort of a studio production,” Fr Williams said.

“The judging panel will look for an anthem that symbolises the Australian context, the youth audience and the religious theme of this international event.

“With so many entries, we are confident Australia’s World Youth Day song will be truly outstanding.”

The judging panel includes mainstream music industry experts, producers, songwriters and Catholic youth. The composer of the winning song will win a trip for two to Rome.

World Youth Day is the largest youth event in the world and will attract an anticipated 500,000 pilgrims from 15-20 July in 2008, including up to 125,000 from overseas.

It will also mark the first visit by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Australia.

Media contact: Jim Hanna – 0414 828 629