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= £20 for Creative Youth !
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= £20 for Creative Youth !

See your Gift Grow! For a limited time, the first £10 of all one-time donations made to Creative Youth at http://localgiving.com/creativeyouth will be matched pound-for-pound!

All you need to do is visit the Localgiving.com website to make your £10 donation and £10 will be added to your gift!  

If you would like to donate more than £10, the way to maximise your gift is to set up a monthly Direct Debit of £10 during the campaign. Your donation will be immediately reserved and your £10 a month, over the next six months, will see…

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Applications open on 1st November!
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Applications open on 1st November!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the 2015 International Youth Arts Festival will run from the 3rd – 19th July 2015!

Applications to participate in IYAF 2015 will open on the 1st November 2014. This year we are moving to an online submission process to make everything easier for all our participants! If you join our mailing list today you will be the first to receive our details on how to participate!

 

 

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IYAF 2014 – A Spectacular Summer Event!
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IYAF 2014 – A Spectacular Summer Event!

As the dust settles on another incredible year for the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston, it falls to me to say a tremendous thank you to everyone involved in making this year such a glorious success.  To our hardworking Creative Youth and venue staff, our talented participants, our supportive audiences and our passionate volunteers – you are the soul of this festival and what makes it so very special – Thank You!!!

This year’s IYAF featured over 320 events over 23 days across 18 venues in Kingston upon Thames.  Just shy of 10,000…

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IYAF Kingston 2014 Feedback
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IYAF Kingston 2014 Feedback

IYAF Kingston has left us all with great memories and exhilarating experiences. We would like to thank everyone who joined us this year in a wonderful roller coaster ride full of joy and laughter!  A great big thank you o our wonderful volunteers, participants and audiences, we could not have done all this without you! We are looking forward to seeing you all again next year, to help us bring Kingston to life and get the town buzzing once more!

Please give us your feedback by answering the short survey below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HSSRMP5

We really…

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Newsletter #10 is available to download!
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Newsletter #10 is available to download!

The tenth – and final –  newsletter of IYAF 2014 is now out. Written by our volunteer press team the newsletter provides reviews, previews, interviews and event listings. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading the articles which truly have ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous.

The newsletter is available to download here: IYAF 2014 Newsletter #10

Thank You!

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Moonfall: A Review
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Moonfall: A Review

3 stars ***

Amazing performances, dazzling circus and some well-placed gags save this lacking and unambitious two-handed children’s show. The set-up is simple – a stubborn princess is told she needs a husband but after falling out with a wizard she is exiled to the moon and only a young astronomer can save her and bring her home. Will there ever be a man who the princess will love?  Will there ever be a children’s show about a princess that doesn’t need saving by a man? No prizes for guessing how this one…

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The Survivors Have Spoken
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The Survivors Have Spoken

4 stars ****

Thick, black curtains mark the entrance to pre-war Poland, set out in the ACT studio. Music plays in the distance as a woman sits on the floor, scrubbing clothes in a tin bucket, newspapers littering the stage alongside a scatter of gold stars. Pulling back the curtains, we search for somewhere to sit, soon becoming aware of the paper tags on our seats, each with a different name. ‘This performance is in memory of… Ruth May’.

Each character takes it in turns to tell their story, marking the…

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Newsletter #9 is available to download!
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Newsletter #9 is available to download!

Written by our IYAF volunteer press team, the newsletter will be published every Saturday, Sunday and selected weekdays. Providing reviews, previews, interviews and event listings the newsletter is an excellent way to keep up-to-date with IYAF 2014.

The newsletter is available to download here: IYAF 2014 Newsletter #9

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The Music Man
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The Music Man

Tim Fulker of Our Friends Records is responsible for co-ordinating music across the whole of IYAF. Our volunteer press team caught up with him to see how his festival is going.

Click here to see the interview!

 

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Review: A Taste of Brazil
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Review: A Taste of Brazil

4 stars!

An Explosive Showcase

Rich in history, bursting with passion and built on strong foundations of creative expression, self-discipline and multicultural appreciation – this could be a martial arts school of dreams. Axe Capoeira UK’s talented students bring you A Taste of Brazil, a diverse showcase of the art of capoeira. The term refers to a Brazilian martial art made up of music, dance, acrobatics and games. This unique combination of skills is said to have been created by African slaves in Brazil sometime after the sixteenth century and it continues to spread…

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By the Henge!
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By the Henge!

This whirlwind event shook the Rose Theatre main house to its very foundations. Felix Hagan and the Family careered onto the stage to begin the chain reaction of steam punk and rock and, in seconds, audience members of every age had rushed onto the dance floor and surrendered to the thundering beat. The band performed a stream of high energy numbers with barely a pause for breath. Felix Hagen and the Family fed off the enthusiasm of the audience, interacting with them at every opportunity, even asking someone to come onstage and…

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Thoughts from the Director
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Thoughts from the Director

Today the volunteer press team caught up with Artistic Director of Creative Youth and IYAF, Aniela
Zaba. She shared with us some quick thoughts about how the festival has been going so far.

 

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Review: Much Ado About Something
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Review: Much Ado About Something

Much Ado About Nothing by Wild Donkey Theatre – 3 stars

Shakespeare’s familiar characters were brought to life once again in this rustic adaptation by the talented Wild Donkey Theatre Company. The cast was surprisingly small which resulted in many actors and actresses playing more than one part. However, this did not detract from my enjoyment of the play and proved once again that quality is often more important than quantity. Some of the casting decisions were also daring, for example; a woman as the infamous villain Don John.

On…

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The space where light and dark met
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The space where light and dark met

Kawaakari by Jessica Fulker – 5 stars

Kawaakari – (n.) the gleam of last light on a river’s surface at dusk; the glow of a river in the darkness.

The night was packed full of experimental visual, light and sound performances, organised by the wonderfully talented Jessica Fulker.

 First to grace the stage and the ones to conclude, was Kimatica, presenting their unique body mapping performance. Using technical software designed by themselves, vibrant grayscale patterns were splashed across the screen being influenced and manipulated by the performer, Maria. She…

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Swiss say IYAF is NOT TO BE MISSED
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Swiss say IYAF is NOT TO BE MISSED

Our volunteer press team bumped into Judith Meuwly-Correll and Robb Correll, international IYAF fans who have travelled to Kingston for the festival especially from Switzerland. They visit London as often as possible to see theatre, but did not think to look any further than the city limits until now. Once they heard about IYAF, they decided to visit. Robb says: “Kingston was a real surprise. It’s a totally different place, like nothing in London – we love it!” Judith added: “It’s a beautiful place, we never would have considered coming here.”

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IYAF 2014′s 7th Newsletter available for download
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IYAF 2014′s 7th Newsletter available for download

Written by our IYAF volunteer press team, the newsletter will be published every Saturday, Sunday and selected weekdays. Providing reviews, previews, interviews and event listings the newsletter is an excellent way to keep up-to-date with IYAF 2014.

The newsletter is available to download here: IYAF Newsletter #7

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Unite, Fight and Strike.
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Unite, Fight and Strike.

Out Of The Cage by The Actors Group In Association with Kudos – 4 stars

 A large, colourful advert is projected across the stone wall in front of us, ‘these women are doing their bit – learn to make munitions’. Bits of paper are arranged on a modest little table, made to seat four, with a small bench in the background. 1916 – war struck Britain.

 Six strong, yet very unique, female characters are introduced onto the stage to take part in a secret discussion over women’s equal…

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Not quite a love story to die for
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Not quite a love story to die for

Review: Grim – A New Musical (3 stars)

It’s a breath of fresh air to watch something as ambitious – perhaps too ambitious – as The Untold Theatre Company’s brand-new full-length original musical, Grim. Even more engaging is the show’s ingenious (and a bit creep-tacular) premise: namely, a romance between the Grim Reaper (Grim), angel of death, and Cupid, angel of love. These two mighty forces collide whilst disguised as students in a secondary school, resulting in a story full of frights, friendship and first love.

It’s a…

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A Deadly Method
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A Deadly Method

Review: Method in Madness – 4 stars

Through contemporary dance, music and words, Method in Madness tells the tragic tale of a young American actress struggling to connect with her role as Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. After her portrayal of the famous young woman is rejected time and again by the director of the production, she turns in vain to method acting. But how far is too far? And is it necessary to let some of your own emotions and characteristics go in order to fully inhabit the…

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Wordy Wishes – Word Up!
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Wordy Wishes – Word Up!

Spoken word: the bane of English literature and horror of many a school child. Widely considered to be old-fashioned, long-winded or just plain boring. But Word Up! brings spoken word crashing into the twenty first century, and boy does it land with a bang!

Presented and arranged by Kosha Hussain, the two hour slot at Woody’s Bar and Kitchen last week forms part of a wider touring poetry show, with a particular emphasis on humanitarianism and community development. It comprised of poetry with music, poetry without music and poetry which was music, and…

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Big talent outside of the Big Top
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Big talent outside of the Big Top

Hidden away in the ACT Theatre, a magical cave of arts, theatre and creativity, Circus Suburbia presents their thoroughly anticipated cabaret show featuring their exceptionally talented Youth Circus. Presented by compere-come-magician-come-musician Jamie Longcake, expect to be enthralled by spectacular solo and synchronised trapeze, dazzling hula hoop acts, group acrobatics, LED Poi, stupendous silks, ropes and many themed performances including Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. There is something for the whole family in this beautiful, dynamic youth circus show.

Their Youth Circus show last year went down…

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IYAF 2014′s 6th Newsletter available for download
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IYAF 2014′s 6th Newsletter available for download

Written by our IYAF volunteer press team, the newsletter will be published every Saturday, Sunday and selected weekdays. Providing reviews, previews, interviews and event listings the newsletter is an excellent way to keep up-to-date with IYAF 2014.

The newsletter is available to download here: IYAF Newsletter #6

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The True History of Phil Hetherington…
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The True History of Phil Hetherington…

‘I remember that face!… Can it be?…” Yes, it’s Phil Hetherington, star of the 1980’s cult detective drama Finnington of the Yard, which, due to the short-sighted nature of ITV Anglia executives, was cancelled after three episodes.

Phil became disillusioned with the entertainment industry but careers in refrigeration logistics, badge making and owl farming all failed to inspire Phil. He decided to channel all of his passion and energy into his favourite pastime – Darts.

An avid arrower since birth, Phil played daily – scheduling in a game…

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A Puppet Cabaret
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A Puppet Cabaret

4 stars

One of the shows performed in the laid back facilities of the Ram Jam Club was the Black Hoods project. Developed by the Knuckle and Joint Theatre Company, the artists’ duo, Rebecca O’Brien and Peter Morton, talented University of Kent graduates, presented their puppetry show. Originally a 10 minute show, developed shortly before the festival started, it is now a near-hour long performance, which only proved the group’s quality.

This was confirmed at the very beginning when energetic entry accompanied by lively music opened the evening. Although the…

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= £20 for Creative Youth !

See your Gift Grow! For a limited time, the first £10 of all one-time donations made to Creative Youth at http://localgiving.com/creativeyouth will be...

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Applications open on 1st November!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the 2015 International Youth Arts Festival will run from the 3rd...

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IYAF 2014 – A Spectacular Summer Event!

As the dust settles on another incredible year for the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston, it falls to me to...