Budding Talent Performer Application

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Monday April 01

8:00 AM  –  11:59 PM


This all-ages talent show on Sakura Sunday is open to performers based in the Greater Philadelphia area (Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland). All performers must be able to show proof of residency, including temporary residency such as a school address, in Greater Philadelphia. Performers of all backgrounds and levels of experience are encouraged to apply. Budding Talent is open to performers 18 and older. Applications will be received between February 15th and April 1st.




  • Acts must be 2-4 minutes in length and can include individuals, duets, or groups of up to 6 people.
  • Acts must be suitable for audience members of all ages. Act submissions which include bigotry, nudity, profanity, and/or sexual or violent content will not be accepted.
  • All acts must have an explicit tie to traditional or contemporary Japanese arts and culture.
  • Acts cannot include fire, aerial stunts, strobes, confetti, liquids, and/or other messy props. Additionally, acts with stage combat or martial arts demonstrations will not be accepted. All props used in acts must comply to hall cosplay guidelines, with weapons clearly marked as props, and performers will not be allowed to use props which fail inspection.
  • Acts will be judged in a manner that does not favor performance style or talent. Our grading rubric is based on 5 criteria: talent, preparation, poise, costume, and creativity.
  • The stage includes a sound system and a microphone. Performers must supply their own music, musical instruments, and/or sound equipment.
  • Selected performers will receive complimentary admission to the festival; the winner will receive a grand prize.