International Youth Arts Festival Kingston Design Competition Launched
Competition to design official artwork for the 11th International Youth Arts Festival
Open to designers aged 16 – 26 who live or study in the UK
Winner receives £500 prize and professional mentoring
The International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF), Kingston has launched its Young Designer Competition 2019.
The competition gives designers aged 16 – 26 years old, who live or study in the UK, the chance to design the official artwork for IYAF 2019.
IYAF brings some of the best young talent from around the world to Kingston for a week of inventive, inspiring and groundbreaking theatre, music and dance. The Festival will run from 5 – 14 July 2019 at venues across Kingston.
The successful design will be used for the 100-page Festival brochure, branding and promotional materials. The winner will also receive a £500 prize and mentoring from a professional designer.
Louise Coles, CEO of Creative Youth, said: ‘We have celebrated 10 years of IYAF and are now looking for a new contemporary design style and vision to take us into the next 10 years. We want bold, brilliant designs which capture the creative talent and buzz which IYAF brings to Kingston each summer.’
More details and application guidelines here See 2018’s winning design, by Belle Junput, here.
After receiving a number of high quality applications, the panel chose three companies/artists who demonstrated talent, ambition and determination. The selected artists are:
Sculptress Theatre: A ground-breaking theatre company that explores and re-defines traditional narratives
Sculptress Theatre was borne out of frustration and hope. We are part of the new wave of theatre-makers who break conventions and norms, who explore and redefine traditional narratives.
We have heard and used the term ‘black theatre’ to refer to any piece of theatre that discusses race. But we don’t want to make ‘black’ theatre. We just want to make theatre, and be unapologetically black whilst doing so.
Sculptress Theatre is a place for dreamers and exceptional individuals to share their truth. We create work that is political and nuanced by simply existing on a stage, and we can’t wait for you to join us on it.
What is Written Dance Company: An award winning dance company, based in Kingston, who bring different artists together and embody diversity by fusing contemporary principles with urban movement
What Is Written Dance Company was founded by artistic directors and choreographers Viviana Rocha and Jean Pierre Nyamangunda. Formed as a platform to bring different artists together, the company embodies diversity by fusing contemporary principles with an urban movement. The choreography encompasses raw and commanding movement to create visually striking work.
What Is Written Dance Company delivers meaningful experiences during our performances. We believe that even though dance can change the world a little, it can change an individual’s world entirely.
Marika McKennell: A london-based scriptwriter, performer and poet, informed and inspired by her mixed heritage and the diverse cultural influences that make up her hometown.
Marika is a London based scriptwriter, performer and poet. Marika’s work is informed and inspired by her mixed heritage and the diverse cultural influences that make up her hometown. She was a Resident artist at the Roundhouse London 2017-2018, and performed her solo poetry/theatre show there July 2018. She has had her poetry and scripts performed at venues such as Sky Garden London, The Royal Court Theatre (Takeover), Shaftsbury Theatre West End, Edinburgh Fringe and Camden’s People’s Theatre. As well as performing, Marika works as a teacher and mentor in a Pupil Referral Unit in East London.
“It is so exciting to be working with these incredible young people and I’m looking forward to getting to know them across the next year. I was staggered by the ambition of these artists and hope we can really help to propel them forward into the industry. Articulate, creative and hugely passionate; watch out world, the CTP artists are coming for you!”
about the Creative Talent Programme
The Creative Talent Programme identifies young and emerging artists and companies 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. Over the course of a year, the selected companies/artists will receive funding to develop a piece of creative work, a bespoke, art form specific mentor, access to rehearsal space and office space and a series of professional development sessions.
The Creative Talent Programme 2018 – 2019 is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England and will work in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston council, Kingston University, the Rose Theatre Kingston and Kingston College.
We’re delighted to be one of the Mayor’s chosen charities for 2018-19.
On Friday 19th October, the Mayor is holding a Charity Feast where attendees can enjoy a wonderful evening of fun, entertainment and amazing food in aid of the Mayor’s Charities. Please see below for more information:
When: Friday 19th October 2018 7pm
Where: The Guildhall
Tickets: £70 per person
Tickets include a welcome drink, canapes, a three-course contemporary Pan Asian feast with wine and entertainment
Dress Code: Cocktail attire
There will also be a silent auction and grand prize draw
Creative Youth is excited to announce that applications for Kingston’s 11th International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) are now open.
As one of the world’s largest multi-arts festivals for performers aged under 27, IYAF brings some of the greatest young talent from around the world to Kingston for 10 days of inventive, inspiring and groundbreaking theatre, music and dance. The 11th Festival will run from 5 – 14 July 2019 at venues across Kingston including performances held at Kingston’s Rose Theatre, Arthur Cotterell Theatre and a free outdoor stage with live music at the historic Market Place.
IYAF has a reputation for its welcoming atmosphere and supportive audiences. It provides a platform for professional companies or artists who are touring, or testing something new, and an exciting experience for festival first-timers looking for an opportunity to show what they can do.
The full Festival programme will be announced in May.
For more information on the application process, visit: www.iyafestival.org.uk/artists. Applications can feature work of any genre: theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, circus, cabaret, visual arts and more.
Interested in participating in IYAF 2019?
Explore and share new ideas with audiences and artists from around the world. We can provide a platform for you to showcase your work, whatever your artform. If you’re interested in bringing an event to the International Youth Arts Festival, please take a look at our Artists area of the website, or speak to one of our team on 0208 549 2120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.