Making a splash at Salisbury

A NEW youth arts festival is coming to Salisbury. Wiltshire Creative’s Young Ambassadors have received a grant of £5,000 from Salisbury Area Board for the Takeover Festival, over the Easter holidays.

The festival focuses on bringing young people aged five to 21 into the arts industry, not only as participants but also as decision makers. It will be launched on Saturday 7th 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, Takeover will be an accessible experience for a wide range of participants and audience members, 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. The festival will provide a platform for performances to showcase the work of Wiltshire Creative’s four satellite youth theatre satellite groups at Amesbury, Bemerton Heath, Exeter House and Tidworth.

The Young Ambassadors have also been involved in setting accessible price ranges as well as age suitability to ensure the festival attracts a broad range of young people.

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 Jack Stone.