LOCAL students have relished the chance to take part in artistic and literary opportunities usually reserved for metropolitan areas.
Kerang Technical High School hosted its Arts and Literature Festival on Tuesday, bringing together leading professionals in the fields of music, drama, art and poetry.
Renowned refugee turned poet Abe Nuok returned to the school following his acclaimed first visit last year, teaching year nine students the art of spoken word poetry and sharing the story of his journey from Sudan to Australia.
Melbourne singer songwriter Lucy Rose worked with VCE music students, helping them to write and perform their own song.
Tim Redmond from Impro Melbourne ran workshops with the year seven students, teaching the principles of improvisation, including teamwork, trust, creativity and dealing with failure light-heartedly.
Artist Felicity Marshall worked with the year nine, 10 and VCE Art students, focusing on illustration techniques.
School librarian Natalie Rose oversaw the organisation of the event, which she said built on a visit by playwright Ned Manning in 2015 and the Lit in the Sticks writers' festival last year.
"When Ned Manning came we realised we had a lot of students who were passionate about arts but we didn't necessarily have a lot of arts to offer at the school, so we wanted to cater for those students," Ms Rose said.
"This year it has grown into an art and literature festival and we've expanded it to have drama as well as spoken work poetry."
Ms Rose the school was particularly pleased to have Abe Nuok return for this year's event.
"He left such an impression on our year nine students last year with his story of his life that we felt it was important for the new group of year nine students to hear from him," she said.
"There has been a buzz around the school in the lead-up to the festival."
The school received funding from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and Gannawarra Shire Council to help bring the artists to Kerang.