NATIONAL performing arts competition Wakakirri is set to replace the annual Rock Eisteddfod Challenge and Tasmania teachers are keen to see it held in the state.
It was announced last November that the 30-year-old Rock Eisteddfod Challenge would not happen this year because of dwindling participation rates and funding restraints.
It had previously been cancelled in 2010 for the same reason, but was brought back the next year when the Coalition government committed $800,000 over four years for it to continue.
However, the challenge has once again been cancelled and Wakakirri has taken over the funding and launched a secondary school challenge so all ages can participate.
Wakakirri director and co-founder Adam Loxley said the main difference between the competitions was that Wakakirri also included film, art and writing and that it was about telling a story in under seven minutes, not just a theme.
``There's no denying that Rock Eisteddfod was a fantastic festival, however its limitation was that is didn't evolve with the times and changing technologies,'' Mr Loxley said.
``It was important for us to ensure Wakakirri was accessible for a wide range of students, which is why we've expanded our criteria to include the use of, for example, film projections and live singing in the performance, rather than just dance.''
The secondary school challenge is so far only being held in Victoria and New South Wales, but Tasmania schools have been called on to register.
St Patrick's College cultural co-ordinator Mallory Schipper said she would love the competition to be held in Tasmania.
``It's a fantastic opportunity if it does come back,'' she said.
``Students get to see and experience other children's work, they get to experience performing live and doing it in a big setting.''
Newstead College dance teacher Christine Gilmour said she would love to see the event staged in Launceston, perhaps at the Silverdome, as it cost too much to travel South.
For schools to hire buses to Hobart for the day, it cost about $3000.