Talented local performers and artists needed for Southend Festival

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Southend Business Improvement District (BID) is looking for super-talented people to make this year’s Southend Festival the biggest and best yet.

Launched in 2017 as Essex’s answer to the Edinburgh Fringe, the Southend Festival is a smorgasbord of comedy, art, music, literature, performance and more.

Running from June 5 – 21, this year’s event will feature a new format, with different aspects of the arts given special showcases throughout the jam-packed fortnight, and you could be part of it.

The BID team is putting a shout-out for local artists, musicians, poets, comics, actors, writers and dancers to get in touch and be part of this increasingly popular date in Southend’s cultural calendar.

Southend BID Manager, Suzanne Gloyne said: “The Festival is back for a third year and we want this summer to be bigger, better and absolutely bursting with creative excellence. So, if you’re a local rising star or an established professional, we would love to hear from you.

“The community is at the heart of this event and the Southend Festival is an opportunity for people from the area to showcase their work and talent.

Whether you’re a stand-up wanting to test new material, the next Stormzy or Dave, Mabel or Billie Eilish, a graffiti and street art whizz, a budding future star of stage and screen, or do an amazing shuffle dance while dressed as a giant panda, whatever you do, this is your chance to shine and perform in front of audiences across the town.”

If you think you fit the bill, click on www.thesouthendfestival.co.uk and tell them a little about what you do. The deadline for applications is Tuesday March 31, so get your skates on.

The main categories are: Musicians (including DJs, singers, bands and solo performers), comedians, artists (including photographers, painters, performance, video and sculpture), dancers, magicians and even dog trick acts.

If you’ve got a talent and want to showcase it, then Southend BID would love to hear from you!

In the meantime, for loads of ideas and information about what to do in Southend, click on www.visitsouthend.co.uk, like the Facebook page VisitSouthendonSea or follow @VisitSouthend on Twitter.


Mick Ferris

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