This weekend saw the first of the local audition heats of Talent Northwest take place in Strabane on Saturday 21st February with Strabane’s Academy College on the Liskey Road playing host to the first Live auditions showcasing the best the Red Hand county has to offer before moving on to heats across Derry and Limavady.
The best two acts from each area will proceed to represent their community in the grand final which will be televised live from the Millennium Forum Derry on Sunday 29th March 2015.
Organiser, Oliver Green, Greater Shantallow Community Arts said: “Our application process is still open, we are so anxious to give all of our amazing local talent the opportunity to shine Talent Northwest is free to enter and open to everyone, professional or amateur, young or old. If you’ve got talent, we want to showcase it.
“During our cities year as City of Culture we got to sample just a taste of the amazing, musical, dance and creative performance talents that our region has to offer and Talent Northwest is designed to build upon that legacy and once again shine the light brightly on what we know will be some of the finest performers that our country has to offer.”
Supported by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, as part of their North West Social and Economic Development programme this event has attracted gerat community support working in partnership with all the regional Neighbourhood Renewal Boards and district councils. It also has on board both Irish TV and Johnston Press as official media partners to ensure that details of of Talent Northwest reach every home across the Northwest, “building connections between communities and providing an amazing platform to showcase local talent”.
Joanna Mc Conway, Head of DCALs Northwest Office said: “DCAL are delighted to be working in partnerships with so many local inspiring organisations to ensure that access to the arts within our most disadvantage communities is achieved and that real creative pathways to opportunities within the Creative Industries are accessible.
“Talent Northwest offers a wonderful opportunity to uncover new talent and to give local people the chance to shine on a national platform.”
Mayor of Derry, Cllr. Brendan Stevenson speaking at a public launch of Talent Northwest in the Outer North area said: “This is great opportunity for our city and regions outstanding talent to showcase their amazing skills to the world. I hope as many as possible grasp the opportunity and enter Talent Northwest!”
Applications can now be made online at www.