Showcase for county arts talent

THERE has been a record number of entries for this year’s event showcasing talented youngsters across the county.

The annual County Youth Arts performance extravaganza at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre, organised by Nottinghamshire County Council, kicks off its three-night run tonight with the dance performances. Other acts get their moment in the spotlight on Thursday and Friday.

Andy Dawson, youth arts manager for the county council, is one of those who has sifted through the 90 entries which came flooding. He said: “It’s a showcase event and not a contest, so for us, it’s about featuring a diverse range of performers and this includes disabled young people, children in care as well as talented performers from the Council’s Notts Performing Arts.”

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Tickets at £3.50 each (£2 concession) are available on the door or by calling Mansfield Palace Theatre Box Office on 01623 633133.