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Brainwaves a chance to make some noise

Victoria Harwood
The Lunatics
The Lunatics will perform at Brainwaves in July. Robyn Twemlow

Later this year, Brainwaves will give aspiring musicians living with Tourette's Syndrome a chance to showcase their talents.

Featuring the Lunatics, and well known New Zealanders, Tiki Taane and Hollie Smith, the benefit concert will let kids be themselves and have some fun.

The event aims to create a safe space for the musicians to perform, with an audience that is there to support them.

The event's organiser and Executive Director of the Tourette's Association of New Zealand, Robyn Twemlow, said the participants want to be seen for who they are and what they can do.

"They don’t want to be defined by their neurological disorders; but at the same time their brains do work differently and that should be celebrated because diversity is a strength not a weakness.”

The event is to be held on Saturday July 6 at the Isaac Theatre Royal. Tickets go on sale through Ticketek from April 19.