Have you got what it takes to be crowned Genfactor winner 2019?
The hunt for some of the city's most talented youngsters begins this weekend.
Annual talent show Genfactor is back and is set to be even bigger and better than before.
Organised by Gentoo and now in its tenth year, Genfactor is looking for singers, bands, dance acts, magicians, musicians and comedians aged 11-18 who live or attend school or college in Sunderland.
If you think you’ve got the Genfactor then this could be your chance to shine and win £500.
The talent contest is designed to give young people the opportunity to showcase their talents. By taking part they learn new skills, meet new people and gain confidence by performing in front of a live audience.
Michelle Meldrum, executive director (Operations), Gentoo said: “We’re delighted to celebrate Genfactor’s tenth year. Since its launch, we have seen so many incredibly talented performers.
“It’s great to watch young people’s confidence grow and what many of them have gone on to achieve, and we are so proud of everyone who has entered Genfactor. Thanks to the talented young people in our city for making Genfactor the brilliant event that it is. I hope the competition continues to inspire future generations and opens up new opportunities for young people in Sunderland.”
This year’s talented acts will perform in front of up to 1,000 people at Rainton Meadows Arena with judges deciding who will be crowned the Genfactor 2019 winner.
Open Auditions Phase 1
Saturday 29 September 10am until 2pm at National Glass Centre
Monday 22 October 10am until 2pm at Arts Centre Washington
Tuesday 23 October 10am until 2pm on at National Glass Centre
Tuesday 6 November 1-4pm at Hetton Comprehensive School (pupils only)
Saturday 10 November 10am until 1pm at Houghton Kepier Hall.
Please note: All acts under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and singers need to bring their own backing tracks. Acts will be seen on a first come first served basis. The second round of auditions will continue in January and the grand final will take place at Rainton Arena on Wednesday 24 April 2019.