Suffolk Libraries Youth Takeover Festival

This autumn, Suffolk Libraries’ youth-led arts programme BLOC: Building Libraries on Creativity will be hosting a mix of events for their Takeover Festival, which takes place on Saturday 9 November. 

The Takeover Festival will run with the tagline ‘Suffolk Youth – Our Art, Our Voice’ and will have an array of art workshops, including music, dance, poetry, digital, virtual reality, painting and drawing. There will also be talks and an exhibition displaying artworks from students and young people around the county. 

The theme of the festival is celebrating youth voice and young Suffolk creativity, as well as to show a more artistic side to our county’s library service. The Festival will be presented by the ‘BLOC – Building Libraries on Creativity’ programme, run by Suffolk Libraries and funded by Arts Council England. 

Ipswich Library will be the centre of the festival, with workshops running from 11am to 5pm and live music from 6:30pm to 11pm. Libraries around Suffolk will be invited to run fringe events and exhibitions with a focus on young people and the arts to link up with the Takeover Festival. 

Sally Garwood, Creative Programmes Assistant for Suffolk Libraries, said: “We are so proud of our Youth Council for putting together a festival to support youth engagement in the arts, particularly for those without ready access to cultural activities. We are passionate about showcasing regional talent and supporting developing young artists.” 

The Takeover Festival is entirely youth-led in what events and activities will take place, with contributions from YAIS (Young Artists in Suffolk) in the programming.

Sally added that: “We felt it was important for our Youth Council to be given free rein, to completely takeover Ipswich Library, leading on all aspects of event production and build a programme of events to encourage and stimulate youth culture. We can’t wait to celebrate the day with them.” 

For more information about the Suffolk Libraries BLOC programme, visit:

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