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Takeover Festival Launch

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The Customs House

Mill Dam

South Shields

NE33 1ES

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The Takeover is a week-long arts festival at The Customs House that is produced by, with and for young people to develop and showcase their leadership skills. The Festival is led, planned, marketed, delivered and evaluated by our Takeover Team, a group of 14-25 year olds who are recruited from diverse backgrounds and have varying leadership and arts experiences.

The Festival launched in 2015 as a platform for work created at our venue by under 19s but has expanded to showcase the work of artists under 25 years old from all over the North East working on film, music, dance, visual art, poetry and theatre projects. There are five arts based regional competitions that culminate in events during the Festival: The North East Young Filmmakers Award, The Terry Kelly Poetry Prize, The Takeover Art Exhibition, Means Teens Breakdance Jam and Young Writer in Residence.

For many young people there are few clear and visible pathways into the arts as a professional career route.

Takeover is one of the only opportunities young people south of the Tyne will encounter to be trusted and empowered to takeover arts programming, take risks, work alongside professional mentors to deliver arts provision developed by young people for young people.

At our launch event, we will be looking at the highlights of 2018’s festival and will be joined by some of last year’s team members who will be reflecting on the successes and challenges of this unique opportunity.

This event is suitable for everyone, but we would especially love to meet with teachers, youth workers, community practitioners or anyone who works with young people so this opportunity can have the furthest reach.

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Mill Dam

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NE33 1ES

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