Let’s Take Over

Let‘s Take Over is a skills development program for budding event producers!

A new initiative by Darebin Arts.

Ten talented young people will be selected to take over the Northcote Town Hall in March 2019, programming the entire building for a one day arts festival.

Participants will be supported by industry professionals and will receive skills development training covering marketing, budgeting, programming and curation, production logistics and networking to become the best event producers in town!

Let’s Take Over program has been 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.

Applications were open to people 15 -25 years of age. No experience needed, just an enthusiasm for creating fun events for your community.

Highly experienced theatre-maker, researcher and curator, Sarah Austin will be the lead facilitator of this project 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.


Program Timeline

Applications open:                   30 August 2018

Applications close:                   30 September 2018

Producers selected:                 30 November 2018

Workshops start:                      21 November 2018

Event:                                            2 March 2019

Location:                                      Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre


Let’s Take Over Producers


Calie Russell – Age 14

Calie is a hard working member of FReeZA in Darebin. She was artist liaison at the festival ‘A Weekend For Everybody’ that was held at Northcote Town Hall this year. She also helped out with the Decibels indie showcase at the Northcote social club also this year as the stage manager. Calie enjoys those two roles because it’s hard working just like herself and also loves to help others, she has a creative mindset and imagination. Her interests are photography, FReeZA, and dance. Calie is excited to be helping out all the 10 young people with the let’s take over program and can’t wait to get started.


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 it’s 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, a 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.


Let’s Take Over Programming Manifesto


We are an eclectic collective of multidisciplinary artists committed to creating new perspectives on the world around us. We aim to do this through providing a respectful space that challenges, provokes and inspires agency of both artists and audiences.  

We are interested in fluid journeys. We are storytellers. We create unexpected encounters. We want you to look at things in a new way. We want art that lingers and ask questions, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. We want responsible art.

Our program will be:

  • Accessible, engaging and honest
  • Cohesive, holistic and welcoming
  • Inclusive, interactive and participatory
  • Promote equality, visibility, awareness and criticality
  • Be challenging, provide spaces for reflection and have impact
  • Be community-based
  • Allow audience agency

We will respect the art. We will respect the artists. We will respect the audience.



Media and Project Contact:

Samantha Butterworth, Producer, Creative Culture and Events


T (03) 8470 8907


Image: Let’s Take Over Producers by Sarah Walker



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