Does Wigan have talent?...
In a time where funding is being cut for the arts in schools and everyone seems glued to Computer Screens and Tablets, we feel it is important to embrace and celebrate the talent in our town. Wigan has a rich history in the arts and has some very successful entertainers that were born here, such as Sir Ian McKellen, The Verve, and George Formby to name just a few.
Wigan's Got Talent 2018 was a huge success!
In 2018 a group of people and organisations came together to organise the first Wigan's Got Talent. In the space of just 6 weeks we had 125 applications in 3 age categories including; Under 10's, 11-17 years and over 18's. The range of talents on show included; Singers, Dancers, Musicians and Comedians. Socially we built an organic reach through the Facebook page of 122,000 which proves what fantastic support we received from local people in Wigan.
Help us continue and support Wigan's Got Talent 2019!
We want to build upon last year's success and support local talent through Wigan's Got Talent 2019. Last year we received funding from Friends Of Haigh Woodland Park which helped us with marketing, event management and equipment hire. We applied for funding this year through The Deal but were unsuccessful and so we need the support of people and businesses in Wigan to help us make Wigan's Got Talent an annual event. We have set up a not for profit community interest company called Has Talent CIC to ensure all money raised will go towards the competition and also supporting entertainers through workshops and act development.
Feedback after the 2018 event was overwhelming and incredibly positive, we even had people sharing their own personal experiences such as auditionees feeling more confident as a result of the competition. (Please see link for evidence https://www.facebook.com/pg/WigansGotTalent/reviews/ )
Under 10's Winners
Over 18's Winners
Has Talent CIC was created to build momentum after Wigan's Got Talent 2018, each member of the team felt it was something worth doing again and that the work we had started had a real benefit to everyone involved, from auditionees right through to the management team. There was a fantastic sense of pride in our town and we wanted to ensure that the hard work didn't go to waste.
Has Talent CIC is a collective of artistic individuals all based in the Wigan borough, who wish to support the growth and development of local talent. We aim to build upon the success already achieved by Wigan's Got Talent 2018 in raising the aspirations and ambitions of residents especially young people.
Individuals can support our project via donations or buying a ticket to see just how amazing our finalists were. The variety show will take place on the 13th April 2019 at The Monaco in Hindley (Rose Club).
Businesses that choose to support us will gain fantastic coverage throughout Wigan through traditional media and social media channels. After the final in 2018 our facebook page reach was 122,000 and one video reached an amazing 47,800 people. To have your business as a sponsor you will not only reach a local market, but also be seen as a supporter of creative people in the Wigan Borough.