Schoolchildren are put in charge
There's a takeover under way at Junction. From today, the Goole arts venue will be run by a group of school- children.
The Takeover Festival will see pupils from Kingsway Primary School put in charge of a two- week-long series of events.
"Over the past six months, we have organised everything, including putting leaflets together," said Jaide Wood, 11, one of pupils involved in the project.
"It has been fun but very hard work. We had to choose, out of lots of events, what we were going to have on."
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The festival, which has the theme of recycling, will feature a range of performances – including Madame Zucchini, a theatre- maker who creates stories with a cast of characters made from fruit and vegetables.
There will also be a range of interactive events, such as Camp Cardboard. This will see Junction's auditorium transformed into a huge play area with tunnels, mazes and secret rooms made from cardboard boxes.
Other dates on the programme include a screening of World Book Day Live, which will see events including author interviews from London's Queen Elizabeth Hall beamed to the venue – and a performance by Lempen Puppet Theatre Company.
The project has involved 46 pupils from Year 6, who are taking part in everything from marketing to sales and ticketing.
"It is going to be amazing," said Dylan Smith, 11.
"It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
The school's headteacher, Liam Jackson, said the project allowed the pupils to put their school studies into practice.
"They've used their English for creating the pamphlets and maths with the budget – they could have blown it all on one act on the programme, but they've worked out how to split it down to make the most of it," he said.
The pupils will also be making presentations about their festival at other schools around the area.
"It is a privilege to be asked to do this and the children have got so much out of it," said Mr Jackson.
"They have really enjoyed it."