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Youth Talent Concert 2009 calling for participants

Singapore, 27 August 2009 --- Here is an opportunity for talented youth to perform for a good cause and showcase their talent in front of President S R Nathan at the upcoming Youth Talent Concert 《青春展才艺》 on 21 November.

Back for the third year, the Youth Talent Concert, organised by the Chinese Newspapers Division of Singapore Press Holdings, aims to promote Chinese culture through musical and dance performances by young artistes aged between 10 and 25. In addition, the organiser hopes to raise funds for President’s Challenge 2009 (总统挑战慈善活动2009), a charity event initiated by President S R Nathan in 2000. Launched in 2007, Youth Talent Concert has already raised over $200,000 for President's Challenge.

The Youth Talent Concert 2009 will continue to help the less fortunate by raising funds for the 37 appointed beneficiaries under the Challenge such as Society for the Physically Disabled and the Singapore Children's Society.

This year, the organiser is calling for participants through schools. Students of primary and secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics, universities can take part as an individual or group up to 15 members. Participants should be aged between 10 and 25 who show flair in any form of art such as singing, dancing, musical instruments, cross-talk, rap, beat box, acrobatics or martial arts. Finalists will be invited to perform at the Youth Talent Concert on 21 November.

Mr Lim Huan Chiang, Vice President of Cultural Industry Promotion of Chinese Newspapers, said: "The Youth Talent Concert is an excellent platform to groom young performers with great potential. At the same time, they're given the opportunity to learn about how they could use their talent to help the less fortunate. We urge all the parents, teachers and students to give their full support to this meaningful event."

How to participate in Youth Talent Concert
Participants must make a DVD, VCD or CD recording of their audition performance. They have to include a recent photograph with their particulars (name, i/c number, age, nationality, address, email and contact numbers). Participants should include any national or international awards they have won.

All application and recording materials must be sent to:

“Youth Talent Concert 2009”
c/o Cultural Industry Promotion Department
Chinese Newspapers Division
Singapore Press Holdings
1000 Toa Payoh North, News Centre S(318994)

Closing date: 18 September 2009. An audition to short-list potential performers (individuals or groups) will be held on a later date. Call 6227 7087 for more information on the Youth Talent Concert 2009.

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