Search begins for Parramatta’s next rising star

Budding musicians, dancers and performance artists from Parramatta and beyond are encouraged to let their talent shine, with auditions for the second annual Parravision talent competition now open.

talent-fijiAuditions will take place on Saturday 8 October at Parramatta Town Hall, when the best acts and groups will be selected to perform in the grand final as part of Parramatta Day on Saturday 29 October.

“Parramatta is home to a diverse pool of talent and Parravision is a fantastic way to support undiscovered or emerging artists,” City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick said.“Parravision is a great platform for artists to get valuable performance experience in front of a live audience and a judging panel of industry experts, while competing for a host of prizes.

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“I encourage local solo acts and groups to take advantage of the opportunity to get yourself noticed and most of all have some fun performing for your local community.” The Parravision talent competition will be hosted by singer and The Voice star Darren Percival and will be judged by industry professionals with three category titles up for the taking.

Abbey McPherson, 16, who won last year’s Best Vocalist for her inspiring performance of The Wizard and I, encouraged young performers to get involved. “It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. The competition was tough and the talent was awesome. I was so happy to be chosen as the winner,” Ms McPherson said.

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2015 winners also included hip-hop crew Phoenix for Best Performance with the Parramatta Prize going to the Motown-inspired boy band, the Southern Bois.

Judging categories for the 2016 grand final will be:

Traditional and contemporary performance

Includes cultural performances groups, traditional or contemporary

Vocal performance

Most outstanding entrant judged on vocal talent and delivery

Parramatta Prize

Based on audience participation and reaction. Auditions will be held Saturday 8 October between 12pm and 4pm. Further details on the audition process will be provided upon registration. The grand final will be held at Parramatta Day on Saturday 29 October, from 6pm to 8.30pm at Experiment Farm in Harris Park. Entrants must submit their registrations online by Monday 3 October to secure their audition place.