Information for Artists 2018

We look forward to welcoming our artists to Kingston this July


We can’t wait to welcome you to Kingston in July. The International Youth Arts Festival attracts a friendly audience of many thousands, who return year after year. This year is our 10th anniversary and promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Just a quick note for those who are interested in general application info: There are no venue hire fees at the International Youth Arts Festival. All selected applicants are programmed into a venue by our Festival team – 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 – or £100 for early applicants. Unsuccessful applicants do not pay a fee. Read the 2018 Application Guidelines for the full festival benefits, terms and conditions.

For those of you who are participants in this year’s festival, which runs from 6th-15th July 2018, we hope the below information will be helpful.

Marketing Overview

You are encouraged to promote your show around Kingston during the festival and to share posts on social media. Please tag us using the accounts below and we will endeavour to reshare.

FacebookTwitter, Instagram

We have created Facebook events for all events on the IYAF page so please find your event and request to co-host this so that you can post updates as the page. You can find your event here: IYAF Facebook

There are also promotional opportunities in the Bentall shopping centre and on Clarence Street in central Kingston during the festival. Please contact to register interest.

There are several events going on during IYAF which include guest performances. These include the Opening Night gala on 6th July and the Carnival parade on 8th July. If you’re interested in taking part please contact

Festival Hub

This year we will, for the first time, have a Festival Hub at Kingston College’s Creative Industries Centre (CIC). It’s located at 55 Richmond Road, KT2 5BP. Here you can meet other artists, register on first arrival and access WiFi/computers if required.

Branding Guidelines

When promoting your show, please refer to the Festival as the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston or IYAF. The official website is All printed promotional material should include the IYAF logo and the relevant venue logo. You can download these here.

Technical Queries

You should have received all the venue technical information and requirements for your venue. If you have specific questions please contact our production manager Sarah on

Festival Wristbands

Every participating artist/crew member will receive a Festival wristband. This grants them free access to other IYAF events and productions, though please note entry can only be confirmed 10 minutes before the start of the performance. You will be issued your wristband(s) on arrival.

Key Dates

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