Category: IYAF

International Youth Arts Festival 2019 – Applications Open

IYAF applications

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: 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

International Youth Arts Festival 2018

Illustration by Lucie Arnoux

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the International Youth Arts Festival. The festival ran from Friday the 6 – 15 of July.

One of the largest and most diverse youth arts events in the world, IYAF is platform for the best emerging international artists under 27 years old. More than 100 companies have been involved this year from all over the world.

Visit the IYAF website for more information about the performers who came to IYAF 2018

Photos from this year’s festival can be found here.

Thank you to supporters, volunteers and participants for making this year a great success!

IYAF App Privacy Statement

This is a privacy statement about the iPhone and Android apps that support the International Youth Arts Festival.  The app is available to download from the app store.

Creative Youth collects no personal user data from its International Youth Arts Festival apps for iPhone or Android.

Users who wish to upload photographs using the app grant Creative Youth and its agents full rights to use the photograph for current and subsequent marketing, in print, online or in any media, free of charge, and free from any obligation to credit the creator of the work.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy when using our apps, please send us a detailed message to We will make every effort to resolve your concerns.

60 Second Cinema Film Competition

Calling all young film-makers. The International Youth Arts Festival 2017 is calling for submissions to its 60 Second Cinema competition, in partnership with O2 and Go Think Big.

We’re looking for films of no more than 60 seconds on the subject of ‘Home.’  A selection of the best entries will be screened at the festival on the 9th July, followed by an award ceremony in the Rose Theatre Studio.

Films of any style or genre will be considered, and can be created using pro equipment or just a smartphone.

So unleash your imagination and start filming. The films can be comedies, silent, action, animation – anything. As long as it is no longer than 60 seconds.

Entrants must be 26 or under on 9th July 2017.

To apply please upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo and send a link to by 17:00 on the 30th of June 2017 along with the following information.

Date of Birth:

This competition is open to anyone aged 26 or under and the director/writer must be no older than 26. Entries with actors, extras or crew over this age will still be accepted.

Shortlisted entries will be announced on the 3rd of July 2017 with the screening on July 9th at 14:00 at the Rose Theatre Studio, Kingston.

 60 Second Cinema Rules
Each film can be no longer than 60 seconds
No graphic violence
No unnecessary strong language
No nudity or scenes of a sexual nature

Marketing and Events Manager opportunity

Creative Youth is looking for an energetic, creative and enthusiastic individual to take on the role of Marketing & Events Manager. This is a huge opportunity for anyone who is interested in marketing and communications within an exciting organisation working close with creative individuals in a fast passed and dynamic environment. Creative Youth organises various and diverse events throughout the year and the International Youth Arts Festival Kingston which will take place from 8th-17th July 2016.

The individual will support the Chief Executive Officer in devising marketing plans for proposal to the Creative Youth team and Board; planning designated events and implementing agreed marketing plans in particular for The International Youth Arts Festival Kingston and other events to achieve financial targets and audience development objectives to support Creative Youth’s mission.

The ideal candidate will have a good level of experience of working in marketing, strong organisational and management skills, knowledge of budget manadement as well as strong relationship building and communication skills.

Please click here for the full job spec and application form.  Deadline for applications is 10th February 2016.

To apply please send your CV and Cover Letter indicating why you are the ideal candidate to

Current Trainee Producer and Volunteer Roles‏

Get involved with Creative Youth and IYAF!

We are currently very keen to hear from young people under 26 who would be interested in working as trainee producers.  This is a voluntary role working on specific projects which culminate during the International Youth Arts Festival.  We take approximately 20-25 young trainees every year and  provide mentorship and training to help these young people take an idea through from concept through to completion.  Trainees work on either specific projects as highlighted in the attached document or can suggest their own ideas for an event they may want to see materialise during IYAF in July.


This is a fantastic opportunity for enterprising, entrepreneurial, self motivated young people who wish to gain professional experience in a live working environment, build transferable skills and work on one of the largest and most diverse youth arts events in the country.

You can work alone or in teams and we are flexible as to the working hours of the trainees, but they must be available during the festival in July (8th – 17th July).

For details of the roles available, please click here.

If you, or any young people you work with are interested in this opportunity please contact outlining which role you are interested in.

New IYAF Festival Director at Creative Youth

Creative Youth/IYAF is delighted to welcome on board Andy Currums who has been appointed 2016 IYAF Festival Director!

Andy has been involved with IYAF every year since the very first festival in 2009 when he started as a performer playing a tree no less, in Pendragon at the Rose Theatre!

Andy is also no stranger to Kingston having moved to the borough from Driffield in East Yorkshire to Surbiton in 2007 to study Creative Writing and Drama at Kingston University.

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Andy says: ‘It is with great excitement, and a slight sense of trepidation, that I join the Creative Youth team and IYAF for its 8th birthday. Having been involved with the festival for so long it’s great to have the chance to help it develop and grow further, and to help the next generation of artists find their feet.’

Andy’s first job is going to be to go through the applications for this year’s festival (applications close 7 February) and to start putting together the programme for 2016.

‘I cant wait to see what amazing ideas they have in store for thie year’s festival’, he says

In previous IYAFs, Andy wrote and starred in The People’s Champion about snooker player Hurricane Higgins and also wrote Survivors, both were critically acclaimed. He has also played in The Pardoner’s Tale and East both of which travelled to IYAF from Brighton Fringe.
His current challenge is to learn a poem a week and he is also planning to walk the Canterbury trail (60 miles from Southwark to Canterbury) in one go with fellow Pardoner’s Tale cast member and IYAF regular Greg Harradine.

A big welcome to Andy from all at Creative Youth

It’s Competition Time! Enter our Schools Poster Design Competition and win for you and your school!

The International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston (IYAF) turns eight in 2016 and to celebrate we are launching our first ever schools poster design competition sponsored by St George. The winning design will become part of the official poster for the 2016 festival and will also feature on a range of merchandise. The top 3 entrants will also receive 5 complimentary tickets to the opening night of the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston at the Rose Theatre in July 2016.

All shortlisted posters will also go on display for a special exhibition during the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston in July and the winners and their schools will receive a cash prize.


1st Place – design featured on all posters and on a range of merchandise, £75 for the pupil and £150 for the school and 5 tickets to the opening night of IYAF, Kingston

Runners up (x2): £25 for the pupil and £75 for the school and 5 tickets for the opening night of IYAF, Kingston

The deadline is 5pm on Friday 12th February 2016

For full full details including the application form, please click here.

Applications for IYAF 2016 are now open!

We are thrilled to announce that Applications for the International Youth Arts Festival Kingston 2016 are now open!  Now in its 8th year IYAF Kingston will take over the town once again this summer from the 8th to 17th July 2016 showcasing the very best of youth arts, turning Kingston into an extravagant artists playground.

Can you feel the excitement? We certainly can!

Theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, circus, cabaret, visual arts, workshops and all sorts of other treats and surprises will be celebrated and championed for the 10 days of the festival by emerging young artists from all over the world.

Applications are open until the 31st January 2016.

We can’t wait to read and see your ideas. Spread the word!

Apply here!

IYAF Kingston 2015 Awards!

We our proud to announce IYAF Kingston 2015 Youth Arts Awards!


IYAF Best of the Fest Production 2015 #1: FALL by Entita Theatre

IYAF Best of the Fest Production 2015 #2: THE EDGE by Oliver Horsfall

IYAF’s People’s Choice Award: INVISIBLE by Het TheatreLab

IYAF’s Under 17 Production Award: MY LITTLE SISTER Who Happens to Have Down’s Syndrome by Agi K

Best IYAF Children & Young People & Families Production: THE STAR AND THE SEA by Little Echo Theatre Company