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LIN"X-FACTOR" Puts Talent in the Spotlight at the Town Hall

By Published July 15, 2019

NEW stars came out to shine when the Town Hall hosted Middlesbrough's very own X-Factor.

The Young People's Talent Show & Music Festival was developed by the Hemlington Linx Detached Youth Work Project in collaboration with a wide range of partners to celebrate the performing prowess of young people from across the area.

Working with the Council's Stronger Communities Middlesbrough team, they developed a dazzling programme of music, art and dance.

The final show followed six weeks of workshops during youth club sessions in Newport, Breckon Hill, North Ormesby and many other parts of the town.

Stronger Communities Middlesbrough and the National Lottery funded the project. Sessions helped the young people develop their routines, while learning from each other's cultures and backgrounds.

Senior Linx Youth Worker Ricky Tomlinson, who oversaw the project, said: "It's been a fantastic opportunity for young people to come together and integrate with each other, while displaying the fantastic talents young people from Middlesbrough have!"

Looking forward to taking part in the final show in the Town Hall Crypt, one 14-year-old summed up the excitement shared by all the acts: "I love to dance and can't wait to perform in front of so many people."

In addition to the headline acts, the event featured information stalls from a wide range of agencies promoting their services, as well as workshops, a games room and face painting.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston was joined by fellow judges Middlesbrough College Principal Zoe Lewis and Cleveland Police Community Support Officer Debbie McClelland in the tough task of picking winners, before presenting certificates and prizes to the top three performers.

And there was a final surprise in store when Zoe Lewis handed out two further prizes which included opportunities to record and perform at this year's Christmas show.

Shahda Khan, Middlesbrough Council's Strategic Cohesion & Migration Manager, said: "It's important that young people are able to use culture and creativity as a vehicle for their voice and directly share their experiences.

"The talent show was a great opportunity to bring together our young people from across Middlesbrough and for them to showcase their talents.

"As the lead for Stronger Communities Middlesbrough, I was delighted to support this fantastic project."

Linx Operational Manager Sara Mirsalehi added: "Middlesbrough and its young people have so many positive and inspiring stories to tell.

"This fantastic event showcased their passion and talent, and was truly a day to remember."

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