On Saturday 16th November Grand Junction played host to ‘Takeover the Future’ festival, in celebration of young people’s futures.
Curated and managed by ten 16-18 year olds, the festival included music from Rai-Elle, Rhumzy, The International Lovers and The Sukis, as well as boxing workshops, spa experiences (sponsored by Wow You! and NHR Oils) and screenings of short student films exploring mental health, confidence and happiness. Because of young people secured sponsorship from Indie Bay and Hummingbird Bakery, there were lots of free tasty goodies on offer at their pop-up market place.
Thanks to support from My Westminster Fund, the festival was free to attend, and over 100 young people came along and got involved.
Young people are facing increasing pressures, whether that’s because of concerns around employment, education, housing, families or peers. This festival aimed to make a positive impact and remove the stresses from day-to-day life.
Ahead of the event the project group volunteered their time by attending weekly planning meetings to manage budgets, liaise with artists, organise promotion and source sponsorship.
“I’ve found the project to be very inspiring and fun, especially because as a young person it allows us to connect with our community more” Mahek (17 yrs)
We are now recruiting 16-25 year olds for the next Takeover the Future, with preparation meetings beginning on Tuesday 25 February, ahead of the festival on Saturday 4 April. To get involved, please email Ella@grandjunction.org.uk.
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