18:00 - 01:00

From the grand auditorium to hidden studio spaces, TAKEOVER PARTY will present a vibrant and packed evening of performances, spoken word, music, provocations, digital exhibitions, artistic interventions and immersive experiences, by, for and about young people.

Featuring some of Manchester’s most exciting young artists, musicians and performers and others from across the UK, TAKEOVER PARTY confronts the recent YouGov statistic that 18% of young people in the UK believe ‘life is not really worth living’ and asks what does make life worth living for young people today.

Chunky: Bringing this year’s SICK! Festival to a close, we welcome Chunky to the stage. A proud Mancunian with roots in Zimbabwe (having relocated from there as a child), Chunky possesses a rare ability to work any crowd into a frenzy, whilst handling everything from the latest, bass-heavy cuts to live jazz with consummate ease.

Young Identity and Urban Woorden: Manchester’s Young Identity goes head-to-head with Urban Woorden from Belgium. Young Identity delivers dynamic poetry and spoken word workshops for/ young people in major arts venues and in local communities across Manchester. Belgian company Urban Woorden create a space where young people can empower themselves through poetry, slam and rap, through creation and performance.

Amy Vreeke: Also premiering her new show The Year My Vagina Tried To Kill Me in this year’s SICK! Festival, stand-up comedian and theatre-maker Amy Vreeke creates multi-genre, autobiographical work that explores social taboos with candour and comedy.

Bernadette Russell & Rob Kennedy:  Writers, artists, performers and activist Bernadette Russell & Rob Kennedy explore the boundaries between the personal and the political, art and protest. Join them to make your mark!

Creative projects developed by Peshkar, Young Rapar and Reform Radio will be featured in the programme.  Many other artists will be announced on our website nearer the time.

Developed and presented in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University as part of the Greater Manchester Living Youth Charter of Rights.


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