Launch of The BIG Takeover Weekend

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Friday September 14 2018

Pictured: Maree Todd, Minister for Children and Young People (front right) at this morning’s launch of the BIG Takeover weekend, the Shetland Girls Football Team, who will be playing visiting teams this weekend. Picture kindly supplied by SIC.

The BIG Takeover weekend has been launched today by Maree Todd, Scottish Government Minister for Children and Young People, at a Town Hall reception this morning.

The opening event was hosted by Beatrice Wishart, Depute Convener of Shetland Islands Council, in the company of invited guests including visiting participants and local organisers.

The BIG Takeover is one of thirteen signature events happening across Scotland this year as part of the national celebration of the Year of Young People 2018. 

Over the next three days, more than 70 events will take place at seven venues in Lerwick for a wide range of ages, with a mixed variety of activities on offer including music, drama, sport, films, circus skills, writing and crafts. 

The programme has been developed by young people in Shetland, who have led on the planning of the events over recent months, working with local partner organisations.

One of the key aims of the project has been to involve young people in decision making and to develop their own skills, such as event management and team working.

Venues hosting events as part of The BIG Takeover are: Mareel, Clickimin Leisure Complex, Shetland Museum and Archives, Islesburgh Community Centre, Shetland Library, Garrison Theatre, Gilbertson Park and the Jubilee Flower Park. 

Free transport on local buses and inter-island ferries has also been provided to help young people from across Shetland take part in the activities.

More detail on The BIG Takeover weekend can be found in printed programmes that are widely available throughout Shetland, and on The BIG Takeover website at

Beatrice Wishart said: 

“I’d like to welcome everyone visiting Shetland for the BIG Takeover, and also thank the different organisations who have contributed to the preparations over recent months.

“There’s an exciting and varied weekend of activities planned across Lerwick that will showcase the organisational abilities of our young folk.

“The BIG Takeover is sure to be a fantastic event for everyone involved, and demonstrates not only our sense of community spirit but also our capacity to organise and host large events.” 

Maree Todd said: 

“Young people in Shetland have put on a spectacular event which truly showcases their talents, while capturing the vibrant culture and heritage that our wonderful islands have to offer. 

‘I am delighted to be here and celebrate this landmark event for Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.”  



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