Talented youngsters are given the chance to shine at Norwich performing arts venue on Chapel Field Road North

Raw, promising, but as yet undiscovered, music and dance acts are being given the chance to make a name for themselves by a Norwich youth venue, which is committed to showcasing the city's wealth of young talent.

Around 30 performers - from beatboxers to breakdancers and hip hop acts - aged between 13 and 21, descended on The Garage, a performing arts centre based in Chapel Field Road North, on Friday for its latest Slam Night.

The event, which has been running for about the past two years, sees a range of acts take to the stage with the best performer on the night being chosen by the audience of young people.

Slam Night's also offer a chance for members of the audience to take to the stage if they want and have a go with the best audience act going on to get a slot at the next Slam Night.

Darren Grice, director of The Garage, said: 'It's brilliant. It's a Friday night, it's a safe place for them to come; they're really supportive of each other and there's a really nice vibe.'

Slam Nights, which are currently held every five to six months, are aimed at helping to discover talented youngsters from the area and giving them a chance to perform.

Mr Grice added: 'For us its a really good way of working with new young people and its great to see them get their performance wings. It's a really great place for them to get that first experience.'

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India Agarwala, who sang a cappella, won Friday's Slam Event. The next one will be held on July 21.

Youngsters are being given the chance to be part of The Pulse, a unique performance to welcome the Olympic Torch when it comes to Norwich in July. To find out more log onto www.thegarage.org.uk.

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