Breeze has talent


We’re back for 2022

Every year Breeze has Talent provides a platform to showcase some of the fantastic young, talented artists that we have here in our city. Breeze is committed to supporting young people to develop their skills and nurture their talents.

Auditions will open on Monday 4th April 2022

How to enter…

2022 auditions will be held virtually via a private Facebook group. 

Step 1 – Download the application and consent from below

Step 2 – Complete the forms and return to Instructions on how to upload your audition video will follow

Step 3 – Upload your audition video by Tuesday 31st May 2022

Our expert judges will give feedback and decide which talented youngsters will make it through to the Heats.

Auditions are open to young people aged 8-19yrs, if you are a group with more than 8 people please contact us before applying on 0113 3783167 or email us at 

What happens next…

If selected you would go through to the Heats and would need to be available to perform on one of two selected dates in August 2022. The Finals will be held on Sunday 16th October at the Carriageworks Theatre. 

What is Breeze has Talent all about?

Breeze has Talent is a talent competition for young people aged between 8 – 18. Now in its 13th year, Breeze has Talent has given almost 1,000 children and young people in Leeds the chance to shine and, for many winners, a stepping stone to greater things. Breeze has Talent has also become a regular point of call for the organisers of Britain’s Got Talent,  The X Factor  and now The Voice Kids UK.

Our aim is to provide a nurturing environment for those young people who enter the competition and although there are only three prizes our aim is for everyone who enters to feel like a winner.

What are the prizes?

The winner of Breeze has Talent will get opportunities to perform across the city! The winners will also receive prizes worth £300* – the 2nd Place act will receive prizes worth £200* – and the 3rd Place act will receive prizes worth £100*.

All BHT finalists have the opportunity to attend a boot camp weekender with professional artists to mentor them and will also have the opportunity to perform at other Breeze events, such as Breeze Busks, local Christmas light switch-on events, Breeze in the Park, Mini Breeze and The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall.

Meet the Breeze has Talent 2022 judges

Sally Coe – 

For 22 years Sally Coe performed as half of the Comedy Magic double act ‘Sonny Hayes & Co’, appearing around the world at festivals, clubs, theatres, circus and on cruise ships. The duo also appeared on TV shows in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Spain, France, Chile and Argentina.  As visual comedians they supported some of the top names of the day including Cannon & Ball, Lenny Henry, Neil Innes and Dame Edna Everidge. In 1998 Sally hung up her Tu-tu and the second half of her career was with Leeds City Council, where the main highlights were planning and stage managing the Millennium Square show for Nelson Mandela’s visit to the city, followed by 16 years managing the Breeze Team including launching the first BHT in 2008.  She retired in 2020 and is honoured to be asked back to join our team of judges for this year’s competition.

Tony Macaluso – 

Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Chapel FM Arts Centre, Tony came to Leeds from Chicago where he previously worked as director of the WFMT Radio Network, producing arts radio programmes and documentaries for radio stations around the world and served as director of the Studs Terkel Radio Archive a collection of 5,000+ radio programmes made by the legendary oral historian and radio DJ from Chicago. He has worked as a performer, director, writer and staff member with a number of experimental theatre companies in Chicago such as Redmoon TheatreThe Neo-FuturistsTheatre Oobleck and Prop Thtr, served as president of the board of Opera-Matic and worked for the Grant Park Music Festival / Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. He studied Journalism, Chinese and Theatre at university. He is a board member of the Charles Parker Archive and involved in many oral history/radio archive projects. 

How did 2021 go?

You can watch last year’s finalists performance’s from Breeze has Talent 2021 at Leeds Carriageworks.
You can also watch past live streams and performances on our Facebook, or the individual videos on our Youtube.