What interesting times we have all found ourselves in over these past few months and at Creative Youth we have been, like so many other arts organisations and artists, focused on ways to continue and deliver creative output.  The cancellation of our beloved International Youth Arts Festival, the first time in 12 years, was indeed challenging and disappointing for us.

However, I am very excited and proud to tell you that due to the incredible support from Arts Council England, Royal Borough of Kingston and other amazing supporters, the generous input of national and international artists/companies, and the incredible willpower of a fantastic team, we are now able to bring you INTERNATIONAL YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL: DIGIFEST.


INTERNATIONAL YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL: DIGIFEST will celebrate the creative spirit of young people throughout this period of lockdown which has affected so many young people in different countries.

The National Youth Theatre of Kenya will present elements of their upcoming new musical MATUMAINI, a heartwarming story set in the slums of Nairobi.

The City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong will inspire us with scenes from their brilliant THE BUG SYMPHONY which has toured the globe and will give us an insight to the wonders of their design.

Creative Youth will give you a taste of their young talent rehearsing  for their upcoming production of the musical favourite OLIVER.


For our Fringe Programme we have returning IYAF favourites Bad Clowns and Rendered Retina with their award-winning shows.

We will be introducing new companies to the festival: SISTERTON FOODS is a beautiful lyrical, spoken word piece of theatre on mental health by Full Pelt Theatre and FIRES OUR SHOES MADE by Pound Of Flesh will present a phenomenal piece of gig theatre, partnered with music, animation and spoken word.

We have a lockdown sensation of dazzling circus acts from Cirque de Chennai and a specially commissioned new piece of street dance called MY LOCKDOWN by Vital Signz Dance.

Our eclectic music programme includes Pianwoo, The Bolders, Izzy Adams and Myrah Freeman.


Alongside our performance programme, there will be opportunities to take part in live workshops and events.

SO YOU WANNA WORK IN THE ARTS? is series of online Zoom panel discussions about a variety of topics focused on “Entering The New World”, which opens up a conversation about the arts industry during and after COVID-19. Alongside this there will be a number of panel discussions and events offering advice and Q&A’s on various parts of the arts industry.

Entering A New Arts World Section

  • Life After and During Corona?
  • Diversity and Coming Together As A Community In The Arts
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing In The Arts
  • The Digital Revolution In The Arts

So You Wanna Work In The Arts

  • So You Wanna Run Away To The Circus?
  • So You Wanna Dance
  • So You Wanna Get Funding?
  • So You Wanna Be A Woman In Stand Up?
  • So You Wanna Work Internationally?