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Youth Talent Charity Concert returns for the second year to raise funds for President’s Challenge

Charity concert looking for talents aged 12 to 35

Singapore, 18 March 2008 - Youth Talent Charity Concert <青春展才艺>returns for the second year to raise funds for President´s Challenge 2008 (总统挑战慈善活动2008).

Organised by the Chinese Newspapers Division of Singapore Press Holdings, the charity concert featuring local young talents was a success when it was launched last year, raising more than $100,000 for President’s Challenge.

This year, Youth Talent Charity Concert will continue to help the less fortunate by raising funds for the appointed beneficiaries under President’s Challenge 2008. The concert will be held at The Republic Cultural Centre on 19 September 2008.

This concert aims to promote Chinese culture through musical and dance performances by young artistes aged between 12 and 35. Guest artistes who appeared in last year’s concert were award-winning Chinese clapper Goh Kah Woon(吴佳恩), young pianist Jonathan Sim (沈子扬) from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, popular beat-boxer Charles Wong (黄智仁), acappella group Juz B and rock band Black Forest (黑森林).

The organiser is looking for young talents to be part of this year’s Youth Talent Charity Concert. Participants can perform as an individual or group (not more than 15 members in a group). They must be Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents aged between 12 and 35 with a flair for the Chinese performing arts. Shortlisted performers get a chance to showcase their talents at the charity concert.

How to participate in Youth Talent Charity Concert
Participants must make a DVD, VCD or CD recording of their audition performance. They have to include a recent photograph with their personal particulars (name, i/c number, age, nationality, address, email and contact numbers) and a write-up about themselves. Participants should state any national or international awards they have won.

All application and recording materials must be sent to:

“Youth Talent Charity Concert 2008”
c/o Cultural Industry Promotion Department
Chinese Newspapers Division
Singapore Press Holdings
1000 Toa Payoh North, News Centre S (318994)

Closing date: 15 May 2008. An audition to shortlist potential performers (individuals or groups) will be held in June. Contact Tel: 6227 7087 for more information or log on to to find out more about the Youth Talent Charity Concert.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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For media queries, please contact:

Ann Choo
Cultural Industry Promotion Department
Chinese Newspapers Division
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1968
Fax: 6319 8114

Francis Mah
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1028
Fax: 6319 8150

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

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