A Platform for Creative Youth

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 next Festival will return from 2 – 11 July 2021.

World-class fringe

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 is delivered by Kingston-based charity Creative Youth and offers an exciting programme of theatre, dance, comedy, music, visual arts, spoken word, carnival and circus. Innovative young artists travel from all over the world to appear at International Youth Arts Festival.

Historic destination

Kingston is a bustling south west London market town just a 30 minute train ride from London’s zone one. A major London retail hub, Kingston is home to a mix of eclectic independents, luxury retailers and high street heroes. Here you can immerse yourself in the area’s rich history by wandering through its ancient market place, once the stomping ground of Henry VIII and generations of Saxon Kings, or visit the unique local theatre which has played host to some of the UK’s most sought after actors and actresses. Perched on the Thames, this historic riverside market town is the London destination to discover, loved by families, students and young professionals alike.
Discover more at inkingston.co.uk

Plan your visit

Make the most of the festival by booking your favourite shows in advance, as events do sell out.
Tickets for all events can be purchased on-line, by telephone or in person from the Rose Theatre Box Office from the festival launch in May each year.

Interested in taking part?

IYAF features work by creatives aged 5 – 26, or by performers who make work for young audiences. Applications open in the autumn, and decisions are made in early Spring. Visit our artists page for more information.