Get Ready For the BIG Takeover!

Memberships for The BIG Takeover will go on sale on Saturday 2nd June 2018 from the Shetland Arts Box Office. The BIG Takeover, which takes place in Shetland over the weekend of Friday 14th – Sunday 16th September, is a key event in Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 calendar and is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, as part of their national programme of #YOYP2018 events.

This is the first time that a large scale event of this type has been done in Shetland, with a particular focus on children and young people and it’s hoped that a real party atmosphere will be created throughout the whole town with local businesses fully embracing the event.

The three day programme of over 80 events and activities will offer something for all the family, and will showcase musical and drama performances, sports events, film screenings, writing, arts and crafts and will include a programme of street dance and circus workshops, foam parties, inflatable obstacle courses, laser tag, free swimming at Clickimin, land zorbing, riding Segways and many more activities, all developed by the talented young people of Shetland who have taken on the leading roles to design and deliver the events.

The action will take place right across Lerwick – at Mareel, the Garrison Theatre, Islesburgh Community Centre, Shetland Library, Shetland Museum and Archives, Clickimin Leisure Complex, Gilbertson Park and the Jubilee Flower Park.

A membership, which costs just £15, will allow members to access a whole range of the events and activities over the weekend at no additional cost. It will also allow them to get tickets, without further charge, for events and performances with a limited capacity. These tickets can be booked from Shetland Arts Box Office later in June.

Members will also be able to use, without further charge, the scheduled bus and ferry services in Shetland, and also the additional bus and ferry runs being planned for the weekend. More information on the additional transport services will be advertised locally and on The BIG Takeover website by the end of August.

You are eligible for a membership if, on 14th September 2018, you are in Primary 1 and above.  The categories of membership are as follows:

  • Category 1 – Primary 1 to Primary 4
  • Category 2 – Primary 5 to Secondary 1
  • Category 3 – Secondary 2 to Secondary 5
  • Category 4 – Secondary 6 to 26 years of age on or before 14th September 2018
  • Category 5 – Adults aged 27* or over (*on or before 14thSeptember 2018)

Children who are still in nursey after the summer holidays won’t be eligible to get a membership for The BIG Takeover. They will however be able to attend some of the events which are suitable for them, and use the public transport free of charge along with the rest of the family.  They will however require a ticket, which is free for them, for the events with a limited capacity.

The full programme of events for the weekend will be advertised on the Shetland Arts Box Office and The Big Takeover websites later in June. When the programme is advertised non-members will also be able to buy tickets for the events that have a limited capacity, butthey won’t be able to take part in the non-ticketed activities or use the public transport without charge. The only exception being that pre-school children, who are not members, will be able to get tickets free of charge for events that are suitable for them, subject to availability.

And that’s not all – an invitation has also gone out to young folk in Orkney and the Western Isles to head to Shetland for The Big Takeover to play football, play music and dance.

The BIG Takeover is supported by Shetland Islands Council, Shetland Arts Development Agency, Shetland Recreational Trust, Shetland Museum and Archives, VisitScotland, Promote Shetland and Voluntary Action Shetland, with funding being provided by EventScotland in celebration of Year of Young People, and partner organisations.

George Smith, Chairman of the Council’s Education and Families Committee stated: “This is going to be a tremendous, if not unique, event which has been organised largely by our young people themselves.  It is a great opportunity for young folk and their families to get together for a fun weekend, and perhaps try out some activities for the first time, and I’d encourage anyone who’s interested to get hold of their membership now. ”

Sonny Thomason Year of Young People Ambassador and MSYP for Shetland said: “I am very excited to see memberships now on sale for the BIG Takeover. I would encourage all young people to get their memberships early and not to miss out! The range of activities that will be available to children and young people is something special! I’m particularly looking forward to the visiting foam party, last seen in Shetland back in 2008.”

“I’m particularly pleased that the BIG Takeover team have managed to negotiate FREE buses and ferries for members, ensuring an inclusive event for children and young people from Baltasound to Bigton.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland's Director of Events, said:” We are delighted to be supporting The BIG Takeover in 2018 as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People celebrations.  The event is really taking the ethos of the year to heart by ensuring young people are front and central to the development of what’s set to be a wide-encompassing and innovative programme.”

“Events such as The BIG Takeover further reinforce Scotland’s capability in staging inventive programmes where there is an opportunity for young people to express themselves through culture, sport and other activities.  It’s also great to see the spirit of collaboration being celebrated through partnership with wider destinations.  I’m certain the spotlight will shine on Shetland, and indeed young people’s talents and contributions throughout the three-day programme.”