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Handover Festival of Writing and Social Activism


Saturday 11 May

Are you prepared to hand over the Festival? Join a group of young change-makers as they explore social activism and create a space to question ideas and controversies.

Handover is a brand-new festival in a day programmed and promoted by young people, featuring dynamic events which explore our social-political climate and the power words have to instigate real change.

From live performances to panel debates, these events are intended to challenge taboo and create a safe space to broaden your horizons. Everyone is welcome!

10 – 11.30am: Fabric of our Future: Craftivism workshop with Sarah Corbett

10 – 11am: Where Do You Stand? with John Dennehy, Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh & Yann W. Tanoé

1 – 2pm: Crossing the Line: Words and Walls with John Dennehy

3 – 4pm: Write to Speak: with Holly Bourne, Mariam Khan & Yann W. Tanoé

7 – 8.30pm: This Script – Jenny Lindsay

Important information


Under 25?
Book a special £10 Handover day pass and gain access to all four of our events! Book now

Pay what you can
We want Handover Festival to be open and accessible to all, whatever your background or financial circumstances. To make this possible we’ve introduced a ‘pay what you can’ pricing structure for each event: choose from £8, £5 or £3 tickets depending on what you can comfortably afford.

Donate during checkout
The Handover Festival is programmed entirely by a team of young people from ten Norfolk schools. Ticket sales and donations will go towards our work with young people and schools across Norfolk – to encourage everyone to have a chance to tell their story and have a voice. Please give what you can!

The Engage! Handover festival is a project funded by creative Europe, managed by the National Centre for Writing. The NCW programme team have been supporting a group of 15 x 14-17-year-olds from across Norfolk, to design and deliver a literary festival in a day on the theme of social activism. The group has taken a lead in all parts of the process, from inviting artists, to marketing and budgeting and finding a venue. It’s been an exciting year taking this group of inspiring young people on the programming journey and they are full of innovative ideas and creative energy, paving the way for more young people to take on the arts scene and keep the torch burning.

Engage! is a collaborative project between four UNESCO cities of literature around Europe – Barcelona (Spain), Krakow (Poland), Växjö (Sweden) and Norwich (UK). Find out more


In partnership with National Centre for Writing.

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