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The Platform is returning in 2024

After having to sadly cancel last year’s event, Platform is back!

Platform, previously called the Y Factor, is an event for young people to express their talents in a professional, supportive environment and be in with a chance to win a share of some large cash prizes, allowing them an opportunity to go on and further advance their abilities. Our three main categories are Music, Dance and Variety. We are looking forward to showcasing the best youth talent in Christchurch in our brand new Black Box Theatre, supported by our professional tech crew and our youth leadership programme Kaiwhakatere.

We are welcoming audition videos from those aged 13-21 years, performing their favourite genre. Those selected to go through to the live final are not only in with a chance to win a share of $6,000 in cash prizes, but will walk away with a professionally filmed video of their performance.

Please note that all of those auditions submitted to part of the 2023 event are still current, and as long as participants still meet all eligibility criteria, will be considered for short listing (alongside all new auditions) for the live final. If this was you, will receive an email from us confirming that we have your audition. Of course you are able to update and replace your audition video with another if you like.

We are holding Platform at the end of the Term 2 school holidays on

Saturday 20 July 2024


$6000 in cash prizes!

Best Dance Act

solo performers, group performances, any dance genre
$1,000 to the category winner and $500 to the runner-up


Best Singing Act

solo singers, duos, choral groups, bands with vocals
$1,000 to the category winner and $500 to the runner-up


Best Variety Act

instrumental performers, bands with no vocals, circo, acting, acrobatics, comedy, get creative!
$1,000 to the category winner and $500 to the runner-up


+ an additional $1,500 for the overall best act on the night!


So if you are aged between 13 and 21 years of age, its time to get your act together now and show us what you have to offer.

Follow these easy steps

Step 1

Video your audition
The better the quality, the better we can see your talent

Step 2

Upload your audition to YouTube
or to another video sharing platform, make sure the settings are adjusted so we can view it!

Step 3

Fill out the Application Form below
don’t forget to cut and paste the URL of your clip



Application Form

eg: John Jones - 13, Amy Adams - 20, Rachel Ryan - 16

eg band, tap dancer, singing duet, dance crew, barbershop etc
*Required if a performer is under 16 years of age, put n/a if all performers are over 16 years
This act has never received financial reward or gain from performing (eg recording contract, paid gigs). Excludes Talent Quest money and busking
I have read and understood the Terms and Conditions.


That’s it! We will look at the auditions and make a decision on who goes through to the Live Final on Saturday 20 July 2024.
Applications close on Sunday 14 July 2024, finalists will be notified by Tuesday 16 July 2024. If you have any questions flick an email to platform@thekindfoundation.org.nz.

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