Month: May 2013

TrueView Video Competition launched!

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As we gear up towards IYAF 2013 we are delighted to announce a competition in partnership with our distribution partner, Impact, that will help us all advertise the festival and your shows!

We will be using TrueView advertising on Youtube this year to promote the festival  (TrueView are the adverts that you see at the beginning of a lot of Youtube clips).

In order to create the content for this clip we want to involve you!

Therefore we are asking any companies who want to be involved to send us a maximum 30 second video clip (this can be video or a series of photographs) which captures the following statement

Hottest Ticket of IYAF 2013″

Please try and capture through the magic medium of video why your show is THE one to see at IYAF 2013!

To enter your film

  • Please upload your film to YouTube or Vimeo or any other online viewing platform.
  • Please use TWITTER to tell us about your entry.
  • Please use the following phrasing to enter your video

@IYAF We are the Hottest Ticket at #IYAF2013LONDON insert link here to video

We will then work with Impact to select our favourite videos and edit them into one TrueView advert.  If you are one of our favourites we will need you to dropbox or fileshare your video with us.

We will need all submissions by Friday 14th June 2013

Please click HERE to see a document with some more tips and hints from Impact about how to make a great video!

We look forwards to seeing your entries!

Successful funding!

We are thrilled to announce that Creative Youth have been successfully awarded 2 grants in the past few months.

The first, is from the Foyle Foundation and will go towards the development and sustainability of the Creative Talent Programme.

The second, from the British Council, will enable us to run a second Youth in Action Exchange, with 2 partners countries, Spain and Norway. They will be in Kingston for this project throughout IYAF 2013 so do say hello if you see them!

We would like to thank both the Foyle Foundation and the British Council for their generous support.


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IYAF 2013 Launch Party – 28th May

That’s right, the IYAF Launch Party is back!

After the success of last year’s event, the IYAF Launch Party is returning, giving everyone the perfect excuse to celebrate the return of the festival season.

Bringing you a dazzling array of live bands and performances, the launch party is a wonderful opportunity to see snippets of what IYAF 2013 will offer.

There will also be the chance to buy a Festival Pass at the early bird discount rate of £70 (£35 conc.) giving you access to all IYAF events and membership of the festival club. This offer ends on the 7th June so get in quick!

Don’t be shy, come and join us at The Rose Theatre’s Culture Cafe for an evening of fun and frolicks.

The launch party will run from 7.00pm until late, bring your dancing shoes…

Three new young companies join the Creative Talent Programme

The Creative Talent Programme continues to expand three new companies have joined and so now Creative Youth supports ten young companies.

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 programme provides year long support and encourages the artists to push their boundaries, create new work and work in collaboration with other organisations to create inter-disciplinary work as well as developing and mentoring their core skills and products.  Importantly Creative Youth works in partnership with key sponsors and partners to ensure that these young companies are equipped with key business skills allowing them to turn theirvisions into commercial ventures ensuring that the arts continue to prosper and be a fundamental part of the future of Britain. Through Creative Talent we are investing in the future of the arts and putting our faith in the young people who will inspire future generations.

The three new companies that Creative Talent  now supports are:

Tankus the Henge

The world of Tankus the Henge is uplifting and wild, dark and heartfelt.  A six piece powerhouse of a band drawing visual and musical influences from old time Fairgrounds to modern day Circus; The Beatles to Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello to Radiohead, they embody a look and a sound that lies somewhere between their South East London home and the carnival town of New Orleans.

With their charismatic frontman, Jaz Delorean, looking like a lost character from a Terry Gilliam film and the pump and grind of the Tankus the Henge sound generating a groove that makes it impossible to stand still, their live show ebbs and flows like a small boat on a turbulent sea.



 EDDance is a London-based company of dance artists under the direction of choreographer Edd Mitton.  We enjoy working in a variety of styles and spaces, but always share a commitment to making work for performance which is beautiful, intelligent and accessible.  Recent pieces have included Stabat Mater, a non-narrative work danced to music by Vivaldi, The Renewable Trilogy – a trio of pop-up dances celebrating all things eco-friendly, and a scratch performance of Liaisons – a narrative ballet relocating the action of the infamous Les Liaisons Dangereuses to a 1920s soiree.  We continue to seek inspiration from a wide range of sources, and are always eager to hear from other artists or companies interested in collaborating.’

Filskit Theatre

Filskit Theatre are an all-female ensemble with a passion for micro-projection. With our innovative use of technology we aim to create work that ignites the imagination of children and adults alike. By mixing original music with shadow work, adding a dash of light and a sprinkle of movement, we create our very own Filskit blend of show.

Sarah Gee, Katy Costigan and Victoris Dyson formed Filskit Theatre after meeting on the European Theatre Arts Course at Rose Bruford College.



If you would like more information on The Creative Talent Programme or any of our Creative Talent companies then please get in touch at .


Tickets for IYAF 2013 now on sale!

Tickets for IYAF 2013 are now on sale!

With over 300 shows, 91 visiting companies and 5 new venues, IYAF 2013 is set to be even bigger and better than last year. Come and see theatre, circus, dance, puppetry, live music, visual art, film, comedy, poetry and much more across 18 glorious days in July.

Get in early and book now to avoid disappointment!

Festival Passes are also available at the early bird price of £70 (£35 conc.) giving you access to every IYAF event and membership of the festival club. This offer end on the 7th June so get in quick!

To book, please visit The Rose Theatre Box Office, or call them on 08444 821 556