Young performers will have the opportunity to showcase their own material in January, when Lynn Arts Centre puts on a special open mike event for budding singers or musicians.
SLAM offers teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 a three to five minute slot in which they can perform a piece to demonstrate their talents, with the rest left open to interpretation and creativity.
The event is part of Warm Up January, which offers youngsters a warm-up session to test out their talents and practise in front of an audience before the main SLAM Night. The warm-up session runs from 12 noon to 5pm on January 4, and is the perfect opportunity for teens to practice alongside two professional musicians, before the main session on January 14.
Anyone taking part is welcome to bring their own equipment, or instruments, amps and speakers can be provided by the Arts Centre.
Megan Nurse, creative apprentice, said: “Our Red Barn is being converted for one day only into their very own Green Room, which provides an opportunity to book a slot and practise the performance without any disturbances. For our acoustic artists, this is the perfect space for them”
For those less musically-inclined, there is also the option of a dance workshop run by a well-established break dancer who will be working alongside the SLAM nights in the Fermoy Gallery.
She will be carrying out five sessions in 45-minute slots between 12-5pm.
Megan said: “What we are offering doesn’t stop there. Our final workshop is in our Old Warehouse, which is a chance for anyone with an eye for fashion to create their own garment with additional guidance from local textiles artist Karin Forman.
“Young people can bring along their own last season garments and jazz them up so that they can be worn again either for your performance or out and about.”
Tickets for Slam Night cost £2 in advance, or £2.50 on the door; the workshops cost £3, which includes entry to Slam Night. Tickets are available from the Arts Centre on 01553 779095 or by email to email@example.com