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El Médano really does have lots of talent! 

Always a very popular event in the south of Tenerife, El Médano will be holding its annual talent contest on August 8th and 9th.

The VIII Festival de Nuevos Talentos aims to support and develop the creativity of young people throughout the Canary Islands. Contestants range in age from four upwards.

This year, the prize money has been extended and increased to cover a number of categories, including the best original song, dancing (whether as a soloist or member of a group or as a couple) and singers in the various age groups.

Entries had to be submitted by July 5th and auditions will take place on Saturday, July 26th.

The talent contest, which always attracts a huge crowd, is organised by the local council’s recreation and leisure department.

Councillor in charge, Nacho Mendoza Morales said the event often acted as a launch pad for singers and dancers who went on to work in the arts. It also helped to foster a healthy and happy leisure time and to bring artists together from all parts of the archipelago.

The prize money in all the categories totals 4,500 euros and there are also medals.

Winners will also be invited to take part in various events organised by the council.

To keep up to date with all the information about the contest, see the website of www.granadilladeabona.es.