PREPARATIONS are well under way for a showcase evening of the region's finest young entertainers.

Live Borders is hosting an evening of entertainment at the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels in April.

And the organisers promise a vibrant evening featuring some of the most talented young performance artists from across the region.

Giving young people a professional platform to showcase their talents, the event features a wide range of film, dance, theatre, and musical performances.

Becki Hodgson from Live Borders said: "This is now our fourth Youth Arts Showcase and the events have grown from strength to strength.

"We’ve seen past performers move onto further performance and recording opportunities.

“We believe it’s important to offer a platform to young performers in the Scottish Borders as young people in rural areas don’t always have this type of opportunity.

“As a charity, Live Borders recognises the importance of breaking down barriers that can cause social isolation.

"We try to enable young people to become healthier, happier, and stronger and we believe our showcase events do just that by offering young performers the opportunity to build their confidence by performing in a professional setting.”

A few slots for the Youth Arts Showcase evening are still available.

And applications from from dancers, actors, musicians, film-makers, or other performers will be welcome - with applications closing on Monday, March 30.

Eve Robertson, who is a one of the performers at the showcase said: “I’ve gained a great deal of experience from coordinating and supporting the production of the last two showcases and I felt extremely privileged to perform alongside such talent.

"It has built my confidence and led me to feel able to perform in other professional settings.”

The Youth Arts Showcase takes place on Thursday, April 23 at the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels.