INTERNATIONAL YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL

About the Festival

The International Youth Arts Festival is one of the UK’s biggest multi-arts festival for performers aged under 27, featuring some of the best new work from talented rising stars.

The 10-day festival hosts around 200 events, including: performances at Kingston’s famous Rose Theatre with circular auditorium and the Arthur Cotterell Theatre, free live music outdoor stage at the historic Market Place, and carnival procession around the town.

The Festival takes place in Kingston upon Thames every July.

Creative Talent Programme

The Creative Talent Programme identifies young and emerging artists and organisations who have the potential to become excellent creative practitioners and gives them the artistic, business and strategic support to become flourishing, challenging, exciting organisations of the future. 

The Creative Talent Programme is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

2020 Announcement

Due to the national and international developments in regard to the Covid-19 pandemic, International Youth Arts Festival 2020 will not take place in Kingston in its original form.

We are delighted to be hosting a re-imagined online festival from 3 – 5 July instead and you can find out more about this using the button below.

Learn about Creative Youth

Creative Youth enables young people, aged 5 – 26, to realise their potential through the arts, involving them in innovative, original and ambitious projects. We believe that every young person has the right to access the arts and creativity and should be encouraged to take initiatives, risks and push boundaries in a safe inclusive environment.  

We are the Kingston-based charity behind the International Youth Arts Festival each July

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Your support allows us to reach more young people around the world

Find out how you can support the charity as an individual, local business or sponsor.

As a non-for-profit organisation, Creative Youth works with Partners and Supporters to help bring Kingston to life and provide young people locally, nationally and internationally with opportunities to develop through the arts.

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