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TakeOver 2018

The award winning TakeOver Festival is one of the best industry work experience opportunities out there for young people and has been much emulated nationally.

TakeOver is an annual festival run entirely by young people, who are supported and mentored by industry professionals. TakeOver programme, produce and deliver a large scale theatre and arts festival at York Theatre Royal and across the city. We're very excited to be collaborating with York Mediale (www.yorkmediale.comthis year to work together on a Festival of Theatre and Media Arts. We plan to create performances, exhibitions and run workshops focusing on local stories and important historical buildings. Through our collaboration with York Mediale we will use Media Arts to make and present exciting, contemporary work. 

This year's artistic director, Jessy Roberts said, "We believe that through active participation in the project, young people will remember these stories and pass on their legacy by creating new, dynamic pieces of art and theatre that will make an impact on the community. We hope that it will improve the community's relationship with historical sights and encourage people to view them as places that they can make the most of, as well as discover more about Media Arts and how they can be used to combine the past and present and create exciting pieces."

TakeOver Festival is governed by a Board of trustees aged between 12-26 with a diverse range of skills and experiences to find out more about becoming a TakeOver Festival Board member please email creativeskills@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

TakeOver Mission

We exist to give young people the opportunity to gain valuable real life work experience and professional industry mentoring and support whilst having the freedom to programme and produce a large scale arts festival. We exist to inspire and cultivate the potential of young people in our community through the creative arts and withhold our reputation nationally as an innovator in the field.

Our Values

Talent – To recognise the talent and potential of young people, emerging young professionals and companies
Arts – To create an innovative and diverse arts festival programme
Knowledge – To develop professional skills and knowledge with support from YTR and York Mediale whilst also sharing the knowledge and insight of young people with YTR and YM
Engage – To engage with as wide an audience as possible - old and new
Outreach – To widen participation within the arts and the YTR/YM community
Valuable – To deliver a valuable experience for all participants and mentors and ensure TakeOver is a valuable addition to the YTR and YM programme and contributes to the culture of organisation
Experience – To offer real professional industry experience and mentorship
Relationships – To develop relationships with the YTR and YM teams, the community and beyond

“Thank you so much for TakeOver, it has been an absolute inspiration to me. It has been such a fantastic opportunity to be part of. I have learned an unbelievable amount over the past year and have enjoyed every minute. I know TakeOver will go on to be bigger and more fabulous than ever before! I am so delighted to be going on to a paid theatre role, thank you for being so supportive.”

“I have been genuinely inspired by working on TakeOver. It has completely changed my outlook on what I want to do with my future as I have realised that I need to do something that contributes something positive. I really cannot tell you how much I have learned from TakeOver and how grateful I am.”

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!
 

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