Youth Arts Festival receive funding

Image: Izzy Finch (left), Learning and Participation Officer at The Customs House, with rapper Kay Greyson and young people taking part in Takeover 2018.

The Takeover at The Customs House which is held during the May half-term holiday has received a funding boost of £31,000 from the Scottish Power Foundation.

It is one of 25 organisations to share in £1.25m in the foundation’s annual awards.

Izzy Finch, Learning and Participation Officer at The Customs House, said: “This is our second year receiving funding from the Scottish Power Foundation for our annual youth festival Takeover. We are absolutely thrilled to be one of the 25 projects selected and are committed to making sure Takeover 2019 is our most diverse festival yet.”

Now in the fifth year, the youth arts festival is a week-long arts festival that is produced by, with and for young people to develop and showcase their leadership skills.  It features music performances, theatre shows, visual art exhibitions and workshops.

It is overseen by the Takeover Team, a group of 14 to 25-year-olds who are recruited from diverse backgrounds and have varying leadership and arts experiences.

Mike Thornton, Chairman of Scottish Power Foundation said: “We’re so pleased to announce this year’s funding package for 25 projects across the UK, which are all doing incredible work to make a real difference to their communities and the people living in them.”

The Takeover Team meet every Monday at The Customs House, between 4.30pm and 6.30pm, to plan the festival with Takeover Team co-ordinator Natasha Haws. If you are aged 11 to 25 and are interested in joining the Takeover Team, or would like to find out more, please e-mail






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