Feb 08 2011

Harrow teens search for a star

Budding comedians, singers, poets and dancers are being offered a chance to show off their talents at an X-Factor style show later this month.

Talent show Shooting Stars is being organised by members of the vtalent volunteering scheme, who have been working with Harrow Council’s Children’s Services department for the past year. The event is aimed at promoting the positive things local teenagers are doing in our community.

Khalid O’Beirne, 19, said: “Young people are often labelled and get a bad reputation. While we’ve been on the vtalent programme we’ve been trying to make people realise we’re not all like that and we wanted to organise an event to show everyone that young people in Harrow are doing really good things.  We want to encourage young people to show off their talents and see what other people are up to in the borough.”

Organiser Kevin Muyula said: “We want to see all sorts of acts there; we’ve already had interest from a beat boxer and some MCs – I think it’s going to be a really good show, full of great talent.”

The pair have also invited charities Kids Count and Raleigh International to hold stalls at the event to promote their work. Khalid spent five weeks working in deprived regions of India with Raleigh International last year and has been working with Kids Count, speaking at conferences to support their work.
Khalid and Kevin’s colleagues at vtalent will take on the roles of promoters and stewards at the event and will join the judging panel for the auditions, which will take place at the Wealdstone Centre next week.

Anyone under 21 can audition, with around 15 ten-minute slots up for grabs. Shooting Stars will take place on 21st February, at Byron Hall in Harrow Leisure Centre. It will be free and open to everyone.

The show will be presented by DJ Quincy, from Choice FM, and the evening’s special guest will be rapper Dotstar, who will perform his hit single Stick Up. It will also give organisers of the vtalent scheme a chance to say thank you to those who took part this year and present them with certificates.

Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services at Harrow Council, Cllr Mitzi Green, said: “We’ve got some incredibly talented young people in Harrow and this is a chance for them to show everyone what they can do. It’s a really positive event and should be a lot of fun. I’d encourage people to go along for what promises to be an interesting evening and I wish the organisers and everyone taking part the best of luck.”

Source: Harrow Council

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