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Y Occupy is The Roses' group of resident young  programmers.

Aged between 14 – 21, they meet on a weekly basis to programme new work and events in our artistic programme. Our young programmers meet with The Roses' Heads Of Department to receive training in all areas of professional arts administration, and then work together to programme, plan, coordinate and deliver a series of events throughout the year.

The Roses is well known for our commitment for developing skills in young people, giving them unique opportunities that would not otherwise be available. Our dedicated work with YOccupy gives the young programmers their first step on the professional ladder as they work alongside The Roses staff to learn some of the basic skills of arts management and audience development as they play a successful role in developing younger audiences for The Roses.


Previous Y Occupy Events Include:

A photography exhibition featuring local talent.

T-Fest - A three day music and film festival.
T-Fest was a jam packed festival of local British music, independent films created by and for young people and workshops that helped train participants with new skills in film making. Six months in the planning, T-Fest was the launch event which kick started YOccupy into action. Held from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September a total of 150 young people and adults came to enjoy a total of 7 events including a 24hr film competition, a Voice It workshop, an acoustic folk night, a classical concert, the official BBC introducing stage, a short film showcase and a film screening.

Screamathon – A triple bill Halloween themed film night
Screamathon brought together three classic horror films with a fun night of traditional Halloween games and treats for everyone to enjoy. Audiences were able to break themselves in with the family classic The Adams Family. Then the fright levels were cranked up as Daniel Radcliffe starred in The Woman In Black, which was the perfect introduction for the hard core horror fans as The Exorcist was screened late into the night.

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