An annual competition that celebrates the best of Bristol talent has a massive prize for this year’s champions.
This winner of the Young Bristol Got Talent final will get an amazing opportunity to perform on stage at the Glastonbury Festival 2020, the biggest of its kind in Europe.
The event celebrates youth from across Bristol, and has heats in different areas, until the final in December.
The organisers see this major prize as a huge incentive for talented young people from deprived areas of the city to get involved.
Bristol’s Got Talent is the brainchild of founder Naomi Davis. Naomi who works at the Ujima radio station and the BBC, wanted to try to create a platform to showcase unseen talent in the city.
She said: ”I started the event when George Simpson won Britain’s Got Talent on TV in 2006 with a street dance performance.
“A few days later I saw a group of young African Caribbean boys dancing at a local fun day, and they had so much talent but no mainstream outlet to perform in.
“I then decided there and then that I would hold an annual talent show which would allow inner city youth to shine and Bristol’s Got Talent was born.”
It’s important for young people to be able to realise their dreams and have somewhere to display talent, and for Naomi Bristol hasn’t always provided this,so she decided to do something about it.
She said: “All children deserve support in their chosen field and Young Bristol Got Talent helps those dreams, no matter how big or small so that youth can get experience and grow.
“I wanted to provide a much needed platform for BAME youth across the city,” she added.
There have been a number of winners and performers who have gone on to have success in the entertainment industry.
Naomi added: “This platform has proven to be a valid outlet for young people, where many of them have gone onto backstage support and on to perform on some of the biggest stages in the city, including Harbourside Festival and St Pauls Carnival.
“Our aim has always been to support the next generation to excel in front and behind the stage.”
Over the years as it has grown, the event has broadened its reach, and what primarily started out as an inner city event, now has heats in other disadvantaged parts of the city.
Naomi said: “We want to reach out further, and bring together young people, from different parts of Bristol.
“Our aim is to overcome some of those postcode rivalries in the city.
“Through dance and music.”
Bristol’s Got Talent competition
The heats for Bristol’s Got Talent :
Heat 1 – Saturday June 29 – Felix Road Adventure Playground playground, Easton. 12to 6pm.
Heat 2 – Saturday August 17- Filwood Community Centre, Knowle – 12 to 5pm
Heat 3 – Saturday September 28 – Southmead Adventure Playground – 12 to 5pm
Heat 4 – Tuesday October 29 – Hillfields Youth Centre – 12to 5pm
Grand Final – Saturday December 7 – The Station Youth Centre – 12 to 5pm
Overcoming ‘postcode rivalry’ is part of a city wide focus in Bristol’s community services and something city leaders are keen to encourage.
Naomi is hoping through music and dance she is able to contribute to these aims.
She added: “Moving the heats around allows youth from diverse backgrounds to come together, and showcase what the city has to offer – grow in their creativity and be around like minded youth who can support each other.”
Support doesn’t just stop after the event though, as young people are helped to the next level through workshops, shadowing opportunities, performances and stage management.
The huge prize this year is a chance to perform at Glastonbury Festival.
Naomi is proud, she said: “It’s a massive thing for a young person, and we are very proud that this year’s winner will perform on the Silver Hayes stage at Glastonbury 2020.”
“This is great recognition of our events to date, and it will be amazing to support the youth of Bristol at one of the biggest festivals in the world.”
For more information go to Bristol’s Got Talent facebook page.