Travellers Get TV Talent Show
For weeks it's been the talk of the tabloid newspapers. And as Travellers Times exclusively revealed last year's nationwide talent contest Travellers Got Talent will be repeated across Britain this summer as part of an 8 hour television series being made to undo some of the damage created by the Channel 4 mockumentary series My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.
Building on the success of last year's contest, Travellers Got Talent 2011 will take place at 5 regional finals across England leading to a spectacular national final where contestants from traditional Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities will compete to win Travellers Got Talent 2011.
In 2010, Travellers Got Talent was held throughout Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month in June. This year with public funding for the month now gone, organisers at the Gypsy Media Company Ltd. have secured private support to put the competition on again.
All five regional finals are being held as part of this year's Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month celebrations in June, but are being privately financed by a TV production company in order to produce an 8 hour series called "A Gypsy Life For Me" for Sky's Biography Channel .
From Dorset to Derbyshire, Britain's diverse Gypsy and Traveller community will be coming together to show off their talents. The competition is open to anyone over the age of 11 performing in any way they like.
From singing to Mcing, from flamenco dance to hip hop, anything that can be performed live is allowed. Everbody from stand-up comics to gymnasts, spoon players and magicians are welcome.
Romany journalist and promoter of Travellers Got Talent Jake Bowers said: "The Gypsy and Traveller community is considered to be guilty of many things but capable of nothing, so this series will bypass the crude stereotypes recently used by other broadcasters and reveal a community that has survived by entertaining others for well over a thousand years.
"By throwing open the doors on the Gypsy and Travellers own annual talent contest – Travellers Got Talent – we will be revealing the tales and talents of those determined to follow in the footsteps of other famous Gypsy performers such as Charlie Chaplin, Cher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins or the Gypsy Kings."
Co-promoter Tracey Nedic of the Leicestershire Gypsy Liaison Group is organising the regional finals in the Midlands, the East of England and the South West. She said: "With two of last year's national winners, Olivia Ayres and the Doyle Family, coming from my area, I'm confident that our event in Derbyshire will lead to great success for some of the many people already coming forward to take part in Travellers Got Talent 2011. But no matter where you are from get in touch as soon as you can to make sure you're included."
Dates for your diaries
The dates of the regional finals and their respective organisers are below. To enter simply get in touch with the regional organiser where you'd like to compete.
June 4th 2011
Epsom Downs Racecourse,
Surrey KT18 5LQ
Jake Bowers, The Gypsy Media Company Ltd,
East Midlands and East of England
Genesis Social Enterprise Centre,
Derbyshire DE55 7DQ
London SE1 8XX
Jake Bowers, The Gypsy Media Company Ltd
The Winsford Centre,
Cheshire, CW7 1QS
0759 069 0607
East Christchurch Social Club,
Dorset, BH23 4JD
07771 416 854
How does it work?
The top three acts from each regional final will be entitled to perform at the national final to be held in the London area on 23rd July 2011. To compete for the following prizes:
- 1st place: £500
- 2nd place: £300
- 3rd place: £200
A guide to playing a part in GRTHM. Written specially by the IrishTraveller Movement in Britain this booklet - downloadable or available to read online - gives lots of information on getting ideas, organising events, funding and more...