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Six major arts organisations pledge to hand control to young people for London-wide takeover

Battersea Arts Centre, which is already beginning to work under this model Battersea Arts Centre, which is already beginning to work under this model
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Battersea Arts Centre and the Young Vic are among six London arts organisations participating in a pilot scheme giving young people the chance to take over their spaces for three days.

BAC and the Young Vic join Tate, the BFI, the Roundhouse and Wired4Music, based at Rich Mix in east London, for the first London City Takeover, in which young people aged 16 to 25 will be given space at each organisation to “empower [their] political and creative agency” and share visions for the future.

Held from April 5 to 7 – the weekend after the UK is scheduled to leave the EU – the London City Takeover will include free workshops, talks, performances and exhibitions. These include a producers’ breakfast at the Young Vic and a takeover at BAC exploring the #Occupy movement.

The event is being initiated by Saad-Eddine Said, who is an artistic director at BAC as part of the Up Next scheme.

A joint statement from some of the young people working with the organisations on the programme, said: “We, the young people working with London based arts organisations, are responding with a city-wide celebration encouraging young artists’ involvement and engagement in arts, culture and politics. The London City Takeover will take place across London, hosting events that will highlight young artist’s contributions to politics and culture, and incite our potential.

“The London City Takeover will be a platform to express our unity, and make a noise loud enough to re-engage with the wider conversation.”

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