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TakeOver 2017

TakeOver Festival is an arts festival organised and run entirely by 12-26 year olds at York Theatre Royal since 2009. With responsibility for programming, producing and marketing a diverse and ambitious programme which spans the arts TakeOver promises an exciting celebration of contemporary culture.

This year’s concept is Walls, an exploration of the diverse barriers of stigma and prejudice in contemporary society and how we overcome these challenges.

TakeOver Festival invites you to join us from 23 October to 28 October 2017! In the meantime be sure to watch out for some exciting events in the lead up to the festival! 

TakeOver website http://takeoverfestivalyork.co.uk/


York Theatre Royal launched the UK’s first TakeOver Festival back in 2009. It was set up to be an annual festival run entirely by 12- to 26-year-olds who, with support from York Theatre Royal staff, would programme, prepare and produce a festival of theatre and events. In the last six years, more than 700 young people have been involved in running brilliant and well-received festivals.


The 2017 TakeOver Festival is being organised by the following team of 12- to 26-year-olds:

Emma Minihane (Chair)
Jos Bates
Niamh Curran
Natalie Hilman
Maddy Jackson Ward
Anna Louise-Leyton
Jessica Maynard
Hazuki Morgan
Syd Newman
Liz Oliver
Zoe Walker
Josh Wren 

Artistic Director Julia Levail 
Producer Elizabeth Godber
General Manager Maisie Pearson
Associate Director Katie Smith
Associate Producer Edenamiuki (Eddie) Aiguobasinmwin
Production Manager Tristan Waterworth 
Deputy Production Manager Connor Burbridge
Enterprise Officer Nathalie Taylor

Head of Communications & Social Media Abigail Hettle 
Graphic Designers
 Sophie Collerton, Harry Elletson, Jenny Jones 
Journalism & Media Officer Caitlin Thompson
Press Officer Louise Jones 
Researcher Louise Carter 
Education & Schools Officer Amy Marie Neill 

If you’re under 26 and fancy taking part in 2018, email Paula Clark at creativeskills@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk. No previous experience is necessary, so whether you’re already a bit of a theatre/music buff or you’ve never touched the stuff, you’re very welcome to come and join the fun!

be spectactive!

TakeOver Festival is supported by Be SpectACTive!, a European project focused on active spectatorship and audience development across contemporary performing arts. Be SpectACTive’s members besides York Theatre Royal include European festivals, theatres, universities and research centres. The project encourages dialogue through an exchange among professionals, artists and audiences all across Europe, and includes international conferences, a programme of festivals and events alongside artistic residencies for artists in the partner organisations. TakeOver Festival forms part of York Theatre Royal’s Be SpectACTive! programme of events.

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