Inaugural Whaingaroa Talent Factory event set for October

Whaingaroa Talent Factory (WTF) is a new talent event for youth aged between 13-18 that will be held at the Raglan Town Hall on Saturday, October 10, this year.

There is $1500 prize money up for grabs, additional spot prizes and a chance to record a track at CSR studios are on offer for young Whaingaroa musicians in an event currently being put together by Raglan Community Radio, Raglan Community House and Soundsplash.

WTF will be run in the style of X-factor, with the organising team set to announce who will be filling the judging and mentoring roles in a couple of weeks. Their names have not officially been confirmed yet but are expected to be experienced industry professionals.

The event will have an underlying kaupapa of youth mental wellbeing with Naomi Tuaopepe bringing the Soundsplash Wellbeing team along to run the BBQ and ensure a safe environment for our young people.

Aaron from Raglan Community Radio says they realised an event like this would work here after three young acts performed at their 25th anniversary celebration in the Town Hall last November.

“We were blown away by the talent on offer, but also by the way families, teachers and local musicians instantly swung in behind the young performers to get them ready for the big night.

Likewise, the Community House has long been focused on providing activities for local Rangitahi and manager Mike Rarere says they’re excited to be supporting a collaborative project that celebrates their talent.

Whaingaroa Talent Factory is being produced with the support of Creative Communities and the Raglan Community Board.

Entries to the competition must be sent to before 25th September.