Young performers from across Scotland showed up at the Mound in Edinburgh this week to show off their talent for a chance to win one of ten once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to perform at a high-profile, secret "somewhereto_" location during this summer's London Olympic Games.
Generally, artists, performers, dancers and musicians are invited to upload a 60 second video showcasing their talents, whether it’s singing, dancing, DJing, illustration, free running, flower arranging or football free-styling. The somewhereto_ stage can be used to "show off" in a number of ways.
For those not able to create a video of their own, special regional UK destinations have been set up where groups can "show up and show off" and let the organisers do the filming. The date on the Mound was one of these. Contenders included singer Sarah Coloso the oddly named band Melon Stomp. Other sessions will be held in Belfast (28 June) Preston, Leicester, Sheffield, Cardiff and others.
20 finalists will be selected to perform to a panel of judges, including hot young film-maker Adam Deacon, at a secret London venue. Of those, 10 winners will go on to perform on a bandstand to thousands at a sensational high-profile London venue.
One of the final ten will then win the chance to feature in their very own "show off" film, to be directed by BAFTA award winning Deacon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, home of the 2016 Games.
"somewhereto_" is a Cultural Olympiad project, funded by Legacy Trust UK, that unlocks space for young people to do the things they love. The project is promoting the "somewhereto_ show off" competition which gives 16-25 year olds from across the UK the chance to share and shwocase what they love to do.
People can also enter the competition until 11 July. Visit somewhereto.com/showoff for more info.