Information for Artists 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to Kingston next July

Key Dates

The Festival
5 – 14 July 2019

Applications open
1 October 2018

Applications close
30 November 2018

Programme Launch
1st week of May 2019

The cast had an amazing day and your team were fantastic. It was great to have a relatively healthy audience and one that was not just made up of people we knew already!
– Matthew Lyons of Chickenshed, participant

Creative Platform

Creative Youth supports work for and by young people between the ages 5 to 26. These may be professional or amateur. Children or young adults may be involved as performers, creators and artists or as producers and event managers. The Festival welcomes work of any genre: theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, circus, cabaret, visual arts and more.

Applications for 2019 have now closed. Thank you to everyone who has submitted an application! You can find the Application Guidelines 2019 for the full festival benefits, terms and conditions.

Warm Welcome

The International Youth Arts Festival attracts a friendly and supportive audience of many thousands, who return year after year.

We welcome everyone from professional companies or artists who are touring, or testing something new, to festival first-timers looking for the opportunity to show what they can do. We provide a platform for you to showcase your work, whatever your artform. Come and explore and share new ideas with audiences and artists from around the world next summer.

There are no venue hire fees at the International Youth Arts Festival. All selected applicants are programmed into a venue by our Festival Director – from the main auditorium at Kingston’s Rose Theatre to intimate studio spaces and the outdoor stage.

Successful applicants must pay a registration fee of £150. Unsuccessful applicants do not pay a fee.

Festival Network

Link up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share your preparations for the festival. We partner with other creative organisations, such as Brighton Fringe, in the UK and around the world, so engaging online can boost your profile too.

We felt so taken care of and welcomed and most importantly treated with respect and kindness from every single member of the IYAF team. Thank you so, so much! IYAF is so special and such a wonderful festival for young people and we hope to carry on being a part of it!
– Juliette Smith of Amplify Dance, participant

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