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Young Ambassadors win grant to support Takeover Festival

Takeover Festival
13 February 2020

Wiltshire Creative’s Young Ambassadors have secured £5,000 from Salisbury Area Board to support a Takeover Festival – a youth arts festival curated by young people, for young people which is taking place over the Easter holidays.

Written by Young Ambassadors, with the guidance of Wiltshire Creative’s Take Part team, the young people submitted an application to Salisbury Area Board’s Community Youth Grant which was approved at the end of January after being considered by the youth panel at Sarum Academy.

The bid is to support the Takeover Festival which focuses on bringing young people aged 5-21 into the arts industry, not only as participants but also as decision makers.

The Takeover Festival programme will be launched on Saturday 7 March at Salisbury Arts Centre with a morning of family activities followed by live music and an Open Mic session for budding young musicians and spoken word acts.

Young people have taken on leading roles in organising the Festival and will also take on vital responsibilities in running the 10-day event over the Easter Holidays.

Featuring youth-devised theatre performances, films, live events as well as open participatory activities, the Festival will be an accessible experience for a wide range of participants and audience members, uniting Salisbury with an enjoyable offer to for families, and most importantly, young people.

“We think it is important to represent our generation. We will be encouraging friends, and other young people to express their creativity and use the arts as way to help our views and voices be heard,” said one Young Ambassador, age 13.

The Young Ambassadors believe that the arts need to be accessible to all people regardless of ability or background and so the Festival will also feature performances from Wiltshire Creative’s four Youth Theatre satellite groups which operate in Amesbury, Bemerton Heath, Exeter House and Tidworth; ensuring they have a platform to showcase their work.

In addition to curating the content of the Festival, the Young Ambassadors have made decisions on accessible price ranges as well as age suitability to ensure the festival attracts a broad range of young people.

“We have split into groups to work on the Festival from different angles to make sure our plan is effective and that the individual events run smoothly,” said one Young Ambassador, age 15.

If you are aged 14-21 and would like to be involve with the Takeover Festival, please email

The Takeover Festival is also supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Walter Guinness Charitable Trust and kindly supported by Mr Jack Stone.


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Notes to Editors:

Wiltshire Creative brings together Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse.

Wiltshire Creative has commissioned A Wiltshire Tale from musician Nick Harper and produced the regional premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s suffragette drama Her Naked Skin and new musical Moonfleet. Other productions include Rachel Wagstaff’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d, co-produced with Wales Millennium Centre, and Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code.

In 2019 Wiltshire Creative commissioned and produced its first site-specific audio experience, Imber: You Walk Through, about the forgotten village on Salisbury Plain.