Month: July 2011

The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO President International Youth Arts Festival Attends the Gala Performance of Spring Awakening at The Rose Theatre

 I am sure that you will be as pleased as we were by HRH The Earl of Wessex’s reaction to last night’s Gala evening and show. The Prince thoroughly enjoyed the performance of Spring Awakening and spent a great deal of time with the cast afterwards. Importantly he was delighted to see the growth in the Festival and the large range of events and performances as well as the mix of arts on offer.

In addition the reaction from the media present was equally encouraging both for the show and for the high quality and diversity of this year’s Festival. As the Press Association said, “This Festival has really put Kingston on the map.”

 Matthew Pateman, Professor of Contemporary Popular Aesthetics, Head of Performance and Screen Studies at Kingston University, London said “I wanted to say ‘Thank You’ for last night. The production was exactly what theatre should be: bold, brave, beautiful. At times it was challenging, at others foot-stompingly delightful. I am so proud to be associated with a festival that actually programmes shows that speak directly to its core constituents – youth. That said, the play is a wonderful engagement with questions that persist, and  the gorgeous moment when the two unpleasant teachers started to dance as manically as their charges, showing the ‘youthfulness’  in us all, was both funny and moving. I cannot commend the play, the production or the festival highly enough.”

 The International Youth Arts Festival is only possible through the support we receive from organisations, businesses and individuals and we are extremely grateful to all our supportes. After seven days of this year’s Festival you can really feel a buzz in the town. The variety already showcased has been phenomenal, from 500 infants on Monday performing songs at the Rose to the wonderful energy of the carnival parade on Sunday which filled the streets with costumed performers and larger than life puppets.  The feedback from participants, audiences and our host venues has been wonderful and we have already engaged with over 2000 young people before the half way point of the festival.

 We do hope that you will be able to attend some of the other events on offer and we look forward to seeing you there. We have produced a daily programme of all the events on offer available on the front page of our website. 

Our heartfelt thanks for your continued support

Robin Hutchinson                 Aniela Zaba

Chairman                                Artistic Director

Creative Youth

Organisers of the International Youth Arts Festival

The Birdies Film Festival Took Audience by Storm

Kevin Loader handing one of the Birdie Awards to Gloria Daniels-Moss, Borderline. From left to right Alma Andreescu, Stevie Attwood, Gloria Daniels-Moss and Kevin Loader

Last night the latest arrival on the film festival scene, The Birdies Film Festival, captivated the audience at its sold out award ceremony at Odeon cinema in Kingston upon Thames.  The festival, organised by five students from Kingston University and part of this year’s International Youth Arts Festival, showed nine short films by young filmmakers age 19-25 from the sweet story “Apple Pie” to the hilarious knitted world of a postman in “The Little Red Plane” and the harrowing apocalyptic film “Oblivion” from Greece.

The awards were handed out by Hollywood producer Kevin Loader, “History Boys” and “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, and currently producing two films – Andrea Arnold’s version of “Wuthering Heights” (due out in the autumn this year), and Roger Michell’s “Hyde Park on Hudson”, to star Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt, which begins shooting later in July.

Kevin Loader said:”It was a great pleasure to see the films in The Birdies Film Festival. It is so important for young people to share their screen stories with one another and you can tell from the audience tonight, that there was a real report between the filmmakers and their audience. And they are the future so we should all be paying attention.”

More pictures of the night.

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Carnival 2011!

Thanks to everyone who came together for the maddest and most brilliant carnival parade yet! The streets were filled with music, laughter, enormous puppets, giant costumes and a few meerkats for good luck! A special thanks to Kinetika, Smoking Apples, Emergency Exit Arts, Tankus the Henge and all the IYAF volunteers!