What is I.Y.A.F?

What is I.Y.A.F?

Creative Youth organises and delivers The International Youth Arts Festival Kingston (IYAF), one of the largest and most diverse youth events in the world. Launched in 2009 IYAF has become a ‘must see’ arts festival and often considered a precursor to Edinburgh Fringe.

Showcasing the best young talent nationally and internationally IYAF provides a platform where emerging young artists aged 5-26 years old can reveal and share their skills and artistic expression with local and visiting audiences.

Over the last 6 years the growth has been phenomenal; more than 25,000 young people have participated in delivering the festival as artists, project managers, interns, volunteers in over 18 venues.

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Public Art commission opportunity for four young visual artists

19 May, 2016Posted In : Events

Creative Youth has successfully secured funding from Arts Council England to commission four young v READ MORE

Giant launch for IYAF 2016

12 May, 2016Posted In : Events

200 events, 70 companies, 20 venues, 10 days…. IYAF PARTY LAUNCHES GIANT INTERNATIONAL YOUTH ARTS READ MORE

New patrons’ photoshoot at Warren House

09 May, 2016Posted In : Events

Michael Underwood and Angellica Bell are new patrons of Creative Youth, the charity behind the Inter READ MORE

  • Donation Holders say Read Below

    “Words that I can string together would be just too cheesy to communicate the uplifting and inspiring feeling that last night engendered in, I think just about everyone there. Not just us but the young people who participated too. Congratulations to every one who helped make it happen. “

    Chris Leach. Chairman, Air Charter and IYAF Trustee
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    “A wondrous evening . I’m sure all who were lucky enough to be there will spread the word; and double their sponsorship. Just brilliant.”

    John Miles (Chairman, Canadian & Portland Estates)
  • Donation Holders say Read Below

    “Wow!! You go expecting just a small taster and come away thinking it was just so much more than that, a wonderful enchanting professional show in itself. Our guests cannot fail to be inspired by what they saw and heard last night. Although I am probably mis-quoting, I recollect HRH saying that what we are doing is unique in the UK. A big thank you to those who organised it, those who made it possible and to our volunteers.”

    Alan Stevenson (Stevenson Chartered Accountant and IYAF Trustee)
  • Donation Holders say Read Below

    “I thought last night was incredible – there was a buzz and an energy about the whole event that was remarkable. Well done to everybody responsible.”

    Chris Blackhurst (Editor, The Independent)
  • Donation Holders say Read Below

    “I thought last night was a really terrific evening: beautifully achieved in
    every way. Wonderful, amazingly imaginative, acts, good speeches, and a
    great party. It reminded me, yet again, of the huge importance of what you
    and IYAF are doing. It’s so special.”

    Stephen Unwin (Artistic Director, Rose Theatre)
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    “Thought it went very well last night – I was particularly pleased to see the way Coombe Boys and Southborough students had clearly got rid of any inhibitions and engaged with expressing themselves – it’s a difficult thing to get teenage boys to do and is a tremendous by product of the work you are doing. Well done!””

    Scott Herbertson (Head of Cultural Services and Lifelong Learning/ Learning and Children’s Services)
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    “I must congratulate you on a wonderful event. HRH was delighted as was I. A triumph! Well done!”

    David Jacobs ( Life Long President of the Rose Theatre)