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“Big round of applause to City Varieties and Duck Egg Theatre who enthralled my two children this week with their fab theatre camp. Fab to see my kids gain confidence, new friends and skills. We loved the collective performance and circus skills. Thank you so much.”  Parent of Summer School participants 2018

Each year our Summer Takeover Festival invites 0-17yr olds to Leeds Grand Theatre and City Varieties Music Hall for a series of creative activities, run over several weeks during the holidays.

Throughout the summer, a Young Peoples’ Planning Group get the chance to have their say and take over our venues as they work with the Learning Team to programme and deliver the festival activities. Programmed events have included master classes in dance, song-writing, animation, make-up special effects, vlogging and arts and crafts; a Performing Arts Summer School and storytelling and sensory workshops for under 5s. 

With the opportunity to meet new people, have a go at something new, explore behind the scenes, meet the professionals and try out performing, there’s something for everyone to get involved in. 

“[my daughter]…was nervous about the show, and every day it was a real pleasure to take [her] and drop her off, giving that she talked about the theatre all week, rather excitedly by the way.” Parent of Summer School participants 2018

Look out for further information about our plans for Summer Takeover Festival 2019, which will be publicised in the spring.

The Summer Takeover Festival is supported by The Emerald Foundation as part of the Creative Engagement Programme.



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