Breeze has Talent 2020

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The stage is yours . . .  

We’re pleased to announce that Breeze has Talent 2020 will still go ahead, despite the ongoing Covid-19 situation across the country. We’ll still be providing a platform to showcase some of the fantastic young, talented artists that we have here in our city and you’ll still be in with a chance to win some fantastic mentoring and cash prizes, and gain valuable performance experience.
Take a look at the information below to find out more about Breeze has Talent, the prizes and how to enter this year’s virtual auditions.

What is Breeze has Talent all about?

Breeze has Talent is a talent competition for young people aged between 8 – 18. Now in its 13th year, Breeze has Talent has given almost 1,000 children and young people in Leeds the chance to shine and, for many winners, a stepping stone to greater things. Breeze has Talent has also become a regular point of call for the organisers of Britain’s Got Talent,  The X Factor  and now The Voice Kids UK.

Our aim is to provide a nurturing environment for those young people who enter the competition and although there are only three prizes our aim is for everyone who enters to feel like a winner.

What are the prizes?

The winner of Breeze has Talent will perform live on stage at the Leeds Christmas Lights switch on! The winners will also receive prizes worth £300* - the 2nd Place act will receive prizes worth £200* - and the 3rd Place act will receive prizes worth £100*.
All BHT finalists have the opportunity to attend a boot camp weekender with professional artists to mentor them and will also have the opportunity to perform at other Breeze events, such as local Christmas light switch-on events, Breeze in the Park, Mini Breeze and The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall.

How do I enter?

This year we’re asking you to film a video audition and upload the video to our new, private Facebook group. Our panel of expert judges will then give feedback and score your performance. Top scoring entries will then go through to the first heat of the competition.
Once auditions have closed we’ll release information on how the heats will take place. We’ll be staying up to date with the latest guidance on Coronavirus and will ensure that however the heats are carried out everyone will be safe and sound.

So, here's what you need to do to enter BHT 2020 ...

  1. Download the Breeze has Talent application and consent form, in as either a Word document or PDF , complete this and return to us at breeze@leeds.gov.uk if you can't complete it electronically, you can print the form and email us a photo of your application - if you're still struggling get in touch, we can help you out!
  2. Upload your audition video entry to our private Facebook page stating your name and date of birth
  3. You will then hear from us early July to let you know if you have made it through to the next round

Closing date for entries is Tuesday 30th June 2020 

We look forward to seeing your video entries - Good Luck!

If you'd like to see some of the fantastic past winnders of BHT, see more of their performances and find out who the finalists were, then head over to our winners hall of fame.

Meet the Breeze has Talent 2020 judges

Breeze Has Talent judges

Amy Smith is the dance facilitator for Dance Action Zone Leeds. She has worked for DAZL for 15 years, throughout this time she has worked with a variety of artists and performers delivering dance city-wide. Amy also supports the DAZL Diamond cheerleading programme who have won 1st place, in comeptition, for the last 10 years. Amy also has a background of performing arts including acting, singing and dance.

Henna Angus is the founding director of Paramount Music; a platform providing emerging artists with showcases and opportunities to develop dreams into careers. Paramount Music and Henna have previously worked with organisations and brands such as BBC Radio 1xtra, Leeds City Council, Leeds International Festival, Heart FM, Leeds City College, Accent Clothing and Jägermeister to name a few.

Sheila Howarth was voted the city's most inspiring teacher in the Yorkshire Evening Post awards. She has devoted her working life to supporting and inspiring young performers in her roles at the Leeds City Academy, The Leeds Playhouse and through her work with the West Indian Carnival.