The Waitaki District Youth Council talent quest will run again next year after a successful inaugural event at Takaro Park.
The performances on October 10 ranged from cultural dances and a Frank Sinatra tribute to yo-yo and classical guitar.
“There was a lot of diversity between all of them,” event organiser Ethan Reille (16) said.
“All in all, it was a really big success, considering it was our first time around.
“It was awesome to bring the community together after such uncertain times and we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as us.
“The audience turnout was pretty good . . . it was good weather, as well, which brought people out.”
The youth council had organised and managed the event itself, which had been a learning experience, he said.
“Now we have a good structure and foundation for it, we know what is going on [for next year].”
Ethan thanked Mads Harrop, Hana Halalele and Sally Brooker for judging the event.
Ms Brooker said she was impressed with the “uplifting” performances.
“There are some hugely talented people out there and it was a really nice format to encourage them,” Ms Brooker said.
“It was a very supportive crowd and everyone got equal support and cheers.
“Big kudos to the youth council for the organisation.”
The winners of each category were: Vasa Tauaa (music), The O’Nesians (group performance) and yo-yo artist Yi Tao (performing arts and people’s choice).