The Takeover Festival: By Young People For Young People

Published: 25th May 2018

Next Monday The Takeover Youth Arts Festival (programmed by young people for young people) returns to The Customs House. The Takeover Festival is better than ever with something to see or do every day. Mark 28th May to 1st June TAKEOVER. 

The Takeover

The Takeover is The Customs House’s inspiring Youth Arts festival put together by The Takeover Team – the next generation of arts leaders. Come to The Customs House and try or see something new. Check our emerging artists’ exhibition; cheer on the young poets and filmmakers at our awards ceremonies; support local talent in WORMTOWN our special new writing commission or StereoTYPED; Experience a breakdance jam; Transform yourself at Cheddar Gorgeous’s masterclass, get your body painted or impress us at the Cosplay party; Take part in arts workshops like graffiti or just see a film and chill. All rounded off with an after party.

Cheddar Gorgeous

Cheddar Gorgeous

Cheddar Gorgeous Fully Booked

Internationally respected artist Cheddar Gorgeous’s drag makeup workshop is FULLY BOOKED. We know everyone taking part is going to have an incredible day. Make sure you’ve got your tickets for #TheTakeover18 #TAKEOVERTCH to avoid disappointment . For full listings see:

Mean Teens (with the Badtaste Cru and Just Jam International) and Mark Shields graffiti workshops on Tuesday are bound to be busy as they draw bboys and bgirls for across the UK. There are limited seats available for the break dance jam

New Music

On Wednesday we’re really excited for Kay Greyson supported by Max Gavins. Get your tickets for Kay here

Kay Greyson

Kay Greyson’s unique hip-hops sounds are not to be missed. Remember most of our events this week are pay what you decide which means you can come along with a free ticket and donate what you can to support our work with children and young people.

Max Gavins was tipped as one to watch from as young as 15. Max is the perfect compliment to Kay. He’s one of the youngest rappers to ever compete on Don’t Flop – the UK’s biggest battle league (

Celebrating Young Peoples Poetry and Films

On Wednesday evening we’ve got a full theatre for The Terry Kelly Poetry Prize. The anthologies have arrived and we look forward to finding out the winners of each category.



North East Young Film Makers find out category winners one Thursday and the evening will be presenting by local comedian Lee Kyle. For any shortlisted film makers who would be interested in coming down earlier we’ve got an Act 2 Cam workshop (Book your places here:

Drama and New Writing

Friday as well as SteroTYPED by The Customs House Junior Youth Theatre WORMTOWN premieres before moving on to Alphabetti Theatre. To find out more and book your tickets at

Tell Us About Your Takeover

Throughout the week tell us about your experience on social media including the tag #TheTakeover18 and #TakeoverTCH. Wycombe Media will be filming what’s going on so please say hi and share your experience with the team.

Follow @CustomsHouseLP on twitter, facebook and instagram..

Finally, any questions speak to The Takeover Team.

Takeover Team

The Takeover Festival is supported by The Customs House, Arts Council England, South Tyneside Council, Scottish Power Foundation, Community Foundation of Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, The Barbour Foundation and the W A Handley Trust.