The Takeover Challenge is a unique opportunity for teams of three or four students aged 16 – 18 and is open to all schools, colleges and other educational groups within the Bradford district. The challenge invites students to pitch an idea for an event to be held as part of the 2019 Bradford Literature Festival Public Programme.

This is a competitive process, with six winning teams selected to take part in a six-week event development programme where the students will learn skills ranging from idea development and presentation to financial literacy and budget management, marketing and promotion.

The Takeover Challenge will culminate at the 2019 Bradford Literature Festival, where the students will see their winning events come to life, as they work with the festival’s professional team to manage the events themselves.

Students involved will also receive a festival pass per person, giving them free access to all Bradford Literature Festival 2019 events.

All information needed to take part can be found at the links below:


Download our Teacher Information Pack here.

Download our Student Information Pack here.

Download the competition submission form here.

Click here to read the competition rules, terms and conditions.


For more information, please contact:

Lottie Wallis

Programme Manager

01274 232318