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The British Bread Golf Open 2018
Sunday 8 April, 1pm – 3pm

The annual event to find The British Bread Golf Champion. Three dough balls for a £5 charity donation to try to get a hole in one on the floating green – could you be the proud wear of the coveted ‘Green Jacket’?

Where: Eagle Brewery Wharf, Kingston, KT1 1HH


Design Competition Winner Announced for 10th International Youth Arts Festival

A first year Kingston College student has won a competition to design the official artwork for this year’s International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) in Kingston.

Sixteen year-old Belle Junput (pictured) submitted a bold and lively design that topped a competitive field and will feature on the cover of 10,000 Festival brochures, as well as posters, flyers and other promotional material.

IYAF brings some of the greatest young talent from around the world to Kingston for a week of inventive, inspiring and groundbreaking theatre, music, dance, comedy and visual art.

The 10th anniversary Festival will run from 6 – 15 July 2018 at venues across Kingston.

Belle said of her win: “I am very happy that my design was chosen, I never thought that I would win.

“The idea behind my design is to show how the festival is such an important event in Kingston by featuring famous Kingston landmarks such as the River Thames and the phone box sculpture.

“I drew objects and characters using an illustration style and chose colours that suggest happiness and fun. I really enjoyed creating my designs and I’m very excited to see them used.”

Louise Coles, CEO of Creative Youth, which administers the Festival, said: “IYAF is all about showcasing new creative talent, and it’s great to start with the work of a talented young artist like Belle. Her design perfectly encapsulates the colour, vibrancy and setting of IYAF.

“We have a very strong partnership with Kingston College so it feels very fitting that one of their students has won the competition in our 10th year.”

Young Creatives Opportunity

Are you aged 18-26 and wanting to make your mark in the creative industries? Do you consider yourself a cultural innovator or an inspiring leader? Is your head bursting with artistic ideas? Do you want to make a difference? If so read on…

Creative Youth is seeking pioneering, aspiring and motivational YOUNG CREATIVES to be part of a new young people’s panel. You will assist in driving forward a new artistic vision and artistic planning for the organisation along with spearheading the development of new artistic projects.

Creative Youth, which manages Kingston’s International Youth Arts Festival, celebrates its 10th Anniversary in July 2018. It is an exciting time for the Charity to mark this occasion and ensure it is more responsive to the needs of young emerging talent in the cultural sector than ever before. We need your help!

YOUNG CREATIVES will be facilitated and supported by professionals in the sector and there are substantial learning opportunities to be involved in other aspects of Creative Youth’s work.

For more information, click here.

Deadline to apply: Friday 2 March

Sound of the Times ’18 LIVE

Thank you to the fantastic musicians who performed at Sound of the Times ’18 LIVE at the Rose Theatre on Friday 2 February. They covered all genres and put on an amazing show, celebrating the best new sounds of South West London.  These are acts who impressed judges from a competition celebrating young fresh talent in the music industry. There will be a Sound of the Times album available to download soon.

This event was made possible by a partnership between Time & Leisure, the Academy of Contemporary Music and Creative Youth.

Thank you to Tangle Photography for capturing the event. High resolution images are available here.

Thank you to all who attended the IYAF Teaser Announcement

Thank you to everyone who attended the IYAF Teaser Announcement at the Rose Theatre Cafe on Friday 2 February. It was good to see so many familiar faces, in addition to an exciting number of new supporters as we prepare for the 10th International Youth Arts Festival from 6 -15 July.

Molly Freeman, the new Programme Manager, announced some of our plans for this summer, and the winner of the New Designer competition – Belle Junput – who will be designing the artwork for the IYAF Programme. We would like to congratulate Belle for her creative designs and interpretation of the IYAF creative brief.

We aim to bring you an exciting and varied programme in the 2018 Festival which will celebrate young people’s talent and diversity at a local, national and international level.

Creative Youth welcomes new CEO, Louise Coles

Creative Youth is delighted to announce Louise Coles as the new CEO for the charity. Louise has great experience in the arts with a particular passion for encouraging and supporting young and emerging talent. “It is particularly pleasing to welcome Louise back to Kingston” said Creative Youth Chair Robin Hutchinson. “Louise was the first employee at the Rose Theatre and did much to ensure its growth and success. Since then her experience both in this country, in Europe and in Australia leaves her perfectly qualified to lead the charity and the International Youth Arts Festival.

Louise Coles said, “I am excited to have been given the opportunity to lead Creative Youth and the International Youth Arts Festival as CEO into its next period of growth. Over the last 9 years it has become a formidable force in supporting and showcasing the next generation of talented artists at a local, national and international level. As we enter our 10th year a key aim will be to continue to enhance and build upon the charity’s provision for young people and extend its profile and reach. I look forward to marking this milestone with a fantastic Festival during July 2018 which will look to the future and the next 10 years.”

Sound of the Times ’18 Live! and IYAF Announcement – 2 February, Rose Theatre

Come to the Rose Theatre Cafe at 6.30pm for a 10th anniversary teaser announcement from the International Youth Arts Festival team and find out about some of the exciting acts making their way to Kingston this summer.

After the announcement, the Sound of the Times gig will take over the Rose Main House from 7.30pm bringing you the best new acts from South West London. The event celebrates the release of Sound of the Times 18 album – and represents a variety of genres at this special gig. Performing their original compositions, all the acts hail from South West London and Surrey.  These are the top 10 acts from a competition in 2017,  judged by an panel of industry experts led by Ace (Skunk Anansie),  and then recorded and mentored by producer Tony Briscoe (Beverly Knight).

Featuring performances from:

Abbie Bull
Wil Tindall
Elisabete Barros
Jessica Spink
Craig Lewis
Daisy Phillips
Luca Mohamed
Matthew Briggs
Claudia Raddon

Creative Youth CEO Phil Hetherington Retires

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After almost eight years with Kingston-based arts charity Creative Youth, Chief Executive Officer Phil Hetherington is to retire at the end of December.

Phil initially joined Creative Youth on secondment from his role as a Senior Manager for British Telecom heading a team of Project and Programme Managers. But his enthusiasm for both the arts and the charity led to him taking a permanent position.

In addition to delivering the high-profile annual International Youth Arts Festival, Creative Youth enables young people in Kingston, and surrounding areas, to be involved in innovative, ambitious projects.

Chair of the charity, Robin Hutchinson, said:
“When Phil joined us from BT, it was great to have his marketing and management experience supporting a young and emerging charity. His decision to stay with Creative Youth to help manage its growth and sustainability has been of the key reasons behind our success.

“As we approach our 10th year we have a lot of reasons to be grateful to Phil for his energy, warmth and commitment. I know that everyone involved with the charity wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Phil Hetherington said:
“The last seven and a half years with the Creative Youth charity have been incredibly special and completely different after 41 years with BT in the corporate sector.

“I am very proud of all the achievements the charity has made in this time, in particular watching Kingston come alive each year during the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF).

“I have enjoyed working with, and seeing such talented young people develop and grow in confidence and experience. I will be sad to leave but intend to keep in touch and watch its continued development in the coming years.”

Arts manager Louise Coles, who was involved in fundraising for the fledgling Rose Theatre project 15 years ago, will take up the post of Creative Youth CEO in January 2018.

Thank you to Dream Body Bootcamp

A huge thank you to Ali Hitch of Dream Body Bootcamp who ran 4 community bootcamp sessions to encourage the local community to improve their fitness, with all proceeds going to Creative Youth.


The sessions had a great community atmosphere and Ali and the participants raised £112.50 for Creative Youth, enabling us to support more young people at the charity.