Month: October 2014

Festival Director Vacancy

We are now advertising for the position of Festival Director of the International Youth Arts Festival.

This is a hugely exciting opportunity for the right candidate to join our team at Creative Youth and be the driving force behind one of Europe’s largest youth arts festivals.

The Festival Director will be responsible for the planning, organisation, artistic programming and budget management of the festival.

Applications close at 5.00pm on the 28th November

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 8th December

The successful candidate will be expected to start in January 2015

A full job description, application details and person specification is available here

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IYAF 2014 – A Spectacular Summer Event!

As the dust settles on another incredible year for the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston, it falls to me to say a tremendous thank you to everyone involved in making this year such a glorious success.  To our hardworking Creative Youth and venue staff, our talented participants, our supportive audiences and our passionate volunteers – you are the soul of this festival and what makes it so very special – Thank You!!!

This year’s IYAF featured over 320 events over 23 days across 18 venues in Kingston upon Thames.  Just shy of 10,000 audience members attended ticketed performances with tens of thousands more enjoying free outdoor work.  Approximately 4000 young people participated in the festival including performers, production teams, our dedicated press team, workshops participants and 120 volunteers without whom the festival would simply not be possible.

I’d like to give a special mention to our three ‘Best of the Fest’ shows: The Common Land by Fine Mess Theatre (, Method in Madness by Entita Theatre ( and You must be the one to bury me by Waldeinsamkeit Theatre (

A huge congratulations and thanks also goes to our ‘Volunteer of the Year’ – Layla Sanjoori

Photos from the festival can be viewed here and here

All 10 of the brilliant newsletters produced by our young volunteer press team, plus reviews, interviews and features can be viewed here 

Please keep following us on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr for updates throughout the year!

So as we begin to close the door on 2014 and look forwards to the excitement of 2015 (applications open in September!) I will leave the final words to some of those that have been so moved by IYAF this year.

Best wishes

Aniela & all the Creative Youth team.

“I came to Kingston with no expectations and then I had the best time of my life. I met some amazing and inspirational people. I had so much fun and I had the chance to work with some great people in the press team! I just loved the whole atmosphere of the festival! I’m definitely coming back next year!”

IYAF Volunteer

“The most supportive arts festival around”

“The Festival atmosphere is infectious!”

“IYAF is fantastico great!!! Long may it prosper”

IYAF Participants

“A Spectacular Summer Event”

“Can’t wait for next year already!”

“Totally Rocking!”

“Amazing. One of the best kids shows I’ve ever seen”

“Most creative theatre piece I have seen in a long time”

IYAF Audiences



Applications open on 1st November!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the 2015 International Youth Arts Festival will run from the 3rd – 19th July 2015!

Applications to participate in IYAF 2015 will open on the 1st November 2014. This year we are moving to an online submission process to make everything easier for all our participants! If you join our mailing list today you will be the first to receive our details on how to participate!



Applications now open for IYAF 2015!

Creative Youth are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the 2015 International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF), which is rapidly becoming one of the largest and most diverse youth events in the world team task management. From the 3rd – 19th July 2015, the streets and venues of Kingston will come alive as young people from the ages of 5 to 26 showcase the very best in youth arts selected from the UK and Internationally.