LET’S TAKE OVER 2019/2020

After the sensational success of its first iteration, LET’S TAKE OVER, is back for another year! LET’S TAKE OVER gives 10 talented young people the opportunity, the budget and the skills to take over the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre in early 2020, programming the entire building for a one day arts festival.

Participants are supported by industry professionals and receive skills development training covering marketing, budgeting, programming and curation, production logistics and networking to become the best event producers in town! Applications for LET’S TAKE OVER are NOW OPEN!

Are you 15-25 years old? What if YOU could produce a festival?

Please read LET’S TAKE OVER GUIDELINES before applying.


Applications open until 28 August 2019

LET’S TAKE OVER is facilitated by Sarah Austin and Samantha Butterworth

Program Timeline
Applications open:                                                                  29 July 2019
Applications close:                                                                 28 August 2019
Interviews with shortlisted Producers:                                   Mid September 2019
Producers selected:                                                                 Late September 2019
Workshops start:                                                                     30 October 2019
Event:                                                                                      22 February 2020
Location:                                                                                  Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre

For further information please contact Samantha Butterworth on Samantha.Butterworth@darebin.vic.gov.au or 8470 8907


LET’S TAKE OVER 2018/2019

In March 2019, ten talented young people were selected to take over the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, programming the entire building for a one day arts festival. The 2018/2019 LET’S TAKE OVER producers were Aidan Knight, Zadie McCracken, Andy Phan, Klari Agar, Tré Turner, Jessica Phippen, Phuong Lam, Samantha Martin and George Lazaris.



LET’S TAKE OVER program is a Darebin Arts initiative, inspired by the Young Producers program at Battersea Arts Centre, UK.  Battersea Arts Centre and the Arts Programming team have been working together on this project for nearly a year and are thrilled to see it launched.

Applicants were aged between 15 – 25 years of age with no prior experience necessary, just an enthusiasm for creating fun events for your community.

Highly experienced theatre-maker, researcher and curator, Sarah Austin spearheaded the project as lead facilitator alongside Arts Programming Producer, Samantha Butterworth. Sarah has previously been the Artistic Director and CEO of St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre and is currently leading a research project on inclusive arts practice between Arts Access Victoria and the University of Melbourne.


Meet the Producers of LET’S TAKE OVER March 2019 Festival

Aidan Knight – Age 15

Aidan is a songwriter and music producer based somewhere south of Melbourne. He is currently studying year 10, and runs a non-funded independent record label from his laptop, providing a platform for young alternative artists to reach a wider and more diverse audience, while still maintaining the independence they deserve. Aidan has a passion for art in all its forms, and focuses his pursuits on building and strengthening a community of artists and like-minded people of the next generation. On the side, Aidan dabbles in poetry, and audio engineering, as well as photography and editing.


Zadie McCracken – Age 16

Zadie McCracken is a Melbourne-based student and writer. In 2015, she self-published a set of poems and short stories, and was shortlisted for The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition. Zadie participated in YWCA Victoria’s 2017 Dear Diary event as a panellist and presenter, and was shortlisted for the Slade Literary Award in the same year. Since the age of fifteen, Zadie has been published in several magazines, including August Blue Magazine, My Period Story, Ramona Magazine For Girls and Rosie.


Andy Phan – Age 17

My name is Andy Phan, and I’m 17 years old. I am currently studying TAFE at Northern College of the Art and Technology. I am a dancer who dreams to run his own studio one day, dancing is my life and passion. I want to learn more about marketing and revenues that Melbourne has to offer. On top of that, exploring my own potentials and limitation.


Klari Agar – Age 19

Klari Agar is an emerging visual artist based in Naarm (Melbourne). Her work is multi medium and based around the concepts of time and motion. Klari was involved with the founding of Fledgling Magazine and has had photographic works featured in other Naarm-based magazines including Verve and Good Material. Klari was awarded the People’s Choice Award for Top Shots at the Monash Gallery of Art in 2016. Also, in 2016, Klari was given an Honourable Mention at the Deakin University Capture Art and Performance Exhibition, Project Space, Geelong. Klari has had her work exhibited in various group exhibitions and galleries in Naarm, Including Girlhood, group show in the Old Bar, Fitzroy in 2017 and at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), end-of-year group exhibition, Arts Space in 2017.


Tré Turner – Age 20

Tré Turner is an Arrernte drag performer/ queer artist, currently residing in Naarm. A student at the University of Melbourne, completing a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Linguistics and Sociology). Since discovering the drag scene in 2017, they have performed mostly around Fitzroy. Performing under the guise of Stone they celebrate and focus on WOC artistry and clubkid aesthetics.


Jessica Phippen – Age 21

Jessica Phippen is a contemporary artist, jeweller, and object maker based in Melbourne, Australia. Her practice explores ephemerality, domesticity, beauty and the grotesque. What pulls you in and what thrusts you away in pure disgust. Playing with the fine line of beauty and repulsion that is easy to cross but more enjoyable to mingle with. Experimentation is an immensely important part of Phippen’s practice, challenging the expectations of materiality, the notion and supposed limitations of jewellery. How one wears their body and exists within it. How creating objects to be worn on the body influences that.


Phuong Lam – Age 22

Phuong is a current arts management student at RMIT who has previously studied international studies at Swinburne as her undergraduate degree. She is passionate in music, having studied violin in high school and founded/presided a music production club at university called Soundfreqs @ Swinburne.


Samantha Martin – Age 24

Samantha is a young arts manager hailing from Perth WA – the most geographically isolated capital city in the world. Having worked the past 6 years in festival tents and offices, she’s recently settled in Melbourne to work with the circus. She was a founding collaborator in Safer Venues WA, an NFP aiming to reduce sexual harassment and violence in nightlife and entertainment spaces, and continues to advocate for inclusivity in the arts and events sectors.


George Lazaris – Age 25

George Lazaris is a theatre director, set designer and dramaturg with experience across over 60 productions, having worked at the Hayes Theatre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Seymour Centre, Butterfly Club and La Mama. George has directed experimental, contemporary and classic plays, cabaret, opera and musical theatre, including Hamlet at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Spring Awakening, An Oak Tree, Misery Loves Cabaret starring Shannen Sarstedt as part of Bondi Feast and the world premiere of the opera Somewhere Between the Sky and Sea at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.


Media and Project Contact:
Samantha Butterworth, Producer, Creative Culture and Events
T (03) 8470 8907

Darebin City Council
274 Gower St, Preston Victoria 3072

Phone: (03) 8470 8888
Fax: (03) 8470 8888