Youth Arts Festival 2015

Talent Slam line up announced!

Oxygen Art Centre’s 1st Annual Youth Arts Festival will take place this year over the weekend of February 14th – 15th, 2015 in Nelson, B.C.  The premiere event of the festival is the Talent Slam at the Capitol Theatre on February 14th at 8pm.  Anyone aged 15-29 and performing in any discipline was welcome to audition for a spot in this showcase of talented, young Kootenay artists. Selected acts receive one-on-one mentorship with seasoned professionals, to develop their acts for the big night!


This year’s Talent Slam artists are; musicians and singers Tibo Kolmel, Trulee, Abhijith Kishan Ramesh, Alexandra Schlosser, Bryce Harrison, Clayton Mallette, Keegan Schuh & Kevin Wasilenkoff and comedians and performance artists Espoir Segbeaya, Zorn Rose, Morgan Beck, Lilyahna Miller and Dierdra McCrory and dancers Oksana Maslechko, Shanti Harris, Serafina Christine, Richelle Lapot and Bronwen Bird, with MCs Dunavan Janzen-Morris and Galen Boulanger. Mentors this year are current and former City of Nelson Cultural Ambassadors, Lucas Myers and Bessie Wapp and Dance Fusion founder, Slava Doval.


Tickets for the Talent Slam are available from the Capitol Theatre box office and cost is $5 for Children and Youth (aged 29 and under) and $10 for Adults.  Link to buy tickets online:


“The goal of the Talent Slam is to celebrate youth arts in all disciplines by providing a venue and programming for youth and the public to engage in Youth culture…” says Festival Director Miriam Needoba.  “Also to encourage youth to pursue their artistic talents and interests, and those of their peers in a professional and meaningful way.”  The production of the festival itself is also a mentored work experience opportunity for the Youth Coordinators involved.  In addition to the Talent Slam there will be a Back Stage Lounge, a creative “hang out” space at Oxygen Art Centre on February 15th between 3-9pm with free programming and workshops for youth aged 15-29.


The 1st Annual Youth Arts Festival and Oxygen Art Centre gratefully acknowledge festival supporters and funders; Columbia Basin Trust, Osprey Community Foundation, Business for the Arts, Can-Filters, Civic Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Selkirk College, BC Arts Council, Hall Printing, Juice FM, Nelson Star, Thor’s Pizzeria, Kootenay Coop and


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