This Sunday (9th April) more than 60 singing stars aged 12-18 will take to the stage at Glasgow’s O2 Academy, in a bid to be crowned G-stars 2017 champion.
The talented troop, all part of the week-long G-stars project at Pollok Community Centre, will perform one song each to a panel of celebrity judges including River City’s Keira Lucchesi, former Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus and local X Factor hero Nicholas MacDonald.
G-stars 2017 creates opportunities for young people to gain professional vocal and dance training on their doorstep; combining a taste of the creative arts with practical hands-on activities designed to foster valuable life-skills including team working, confidence building and conversational skills.
Andrew Olney, Head of Libraries and Communities, Glasgow Life, said: “The week-long G-stars project offers the young people of our city a fantastic opportunity to gain expert tuition from creative arts professionals whilst also acting as a platform for young Glaswegians to come together and make new friends during the school holidays.
“By offering activities such as G-stars free of charge throughout the holidays, we hope to ensure that the young people in our city have the chance to try activities they might not otherwise have access to, and I would urge all families to explore the many options available in the city’s libraries, museums and sport centres this Easter.”
Delivered by Glasgow Life - the charitable arm of Glasgow City Council that looks after the city’s cultural and sporting offer - alongside the South Wide Area Youth Engagement and Diversion (SWAYED) and Glasgow Housing Association, G-stars is supported by a number of experts and local celebrities.
One of the industry experts on-hand to lend her support and insider tips to the group is former River City star Keira Lucchesi.
Keira said: “G-stars is a fantastic programme that empowers young people and provides opportunities for those who have little or no access to youth arts.
“I am delighted to have been involved with G-stars and SWAYED over the last few years and enjoy sharing the knowledge and experience I have gained through my work in the creative industries. Our young people are our future and it is so important to boost their confidence, encourage creative expression and give them a voice.”
The annual G-stars project, launched in 2004, offers free, week-long workshop to young people like 17 year old Lauren Colley from Ibrox, giving them the chance to experience a taste of life in the performing arts.
Lauren said: “G-stars is a great programme, it doesn’t only give you something to do but develops characters and personal skills in young people and seeing how over the period of five days the group grows and improve is amazing.
“The staff at Glasgow Life and the Creative team are very supportive and push as to perform the best of our ability and I encourage everyone to come to see the show and see the Glasgow Young People perform.”
If you’re keen to support the signing stars of the future, free tickets for Friday night’s performance at Glasgow O2 Academy are available from www.swayed.org.uk. Doors open at 6.30pm and all are welcome.
G-stars 2017 is part of Glasgow Life’s free spring holiday provision. To find out what else is on offer in your community this Easter, please visit www.glasgowlife.org.uk