Category: News

IYAF 2020: Cancelled due to Covid-19

Following recent national and international developments in regard to the spread of the Covid-19 Pandemic we are sad to inform you that we are having to cancel the International Youth Arts Festival 2020. This is not a decision that we have taken lightly but, as I’m sure you realise, we have to act in the best interests of the companies and individuals taking part, our audiences, our volunteers and our staff. We also wanted to make this decision as early as we could in an ever-developing situation. We now feel, as more and more countries take decisions to isolate, that there is little likelihood of the Pandemic receding at such a scale and rate for the Festival to go ahead in its current form.

These are unprecedented times and we have made what we regard as the best judgement for health and wellbeing. We know you will share in our disappointment but hope you appreciate the unique circumstances that have led to this decision.

This naturally has implications for the charity and we are working now to develop plans that allow us to continue our work and begin planning for IYAF 2021.

We know that you appreciate the importance of creative and cultural activity in fostering positive relationships and opportunities for all. We will be working towards being ready to emerge with activity as soon as the environment allows.

We appreciate your support, patience and understanding in these unprecedented circumstances.

Thank you

Creative Youth and the International Youth Arts Festival

The Undercroft Scratch

A new pop-up space for emerging artists to perform short segments of their work. Raw talent in raw spaces.

The Undercroft Scratch Update: Postponed due to Covid-19

Following recent national and international developments we are sad to inform you that we are having to postpone The Undercroft Scratch. 

We appreciate your support, patience and understanding in these unprecedented circumstances. We will be working towards being ready to emerge with activity as soon as the environment allows.

Come and experience a new pop-up arts space on the riverside amongst the ruins of the first bridge outside London. The Undercroft Scratch showcases the work of 6 new artists featuring dance, music, theatre and comedy.

This is a brand new initiative by Creative Youth and supported by Arts Council England. This is where we turn derelict venues into pop-up arts spaces.

The companies/ individuals involved are:

  • Pound of Flesh
  • Freya Jackson
  • Greg Arundell
  • Bona Dance Company
  • Christina Dionysopoulou
  • Jack Hart


Venue: The Undercroft, under John Lewis Kingston

The Undercroft is a disused space and as a result it DOES NOT appear on any maps so this address listed here 1 Riverside Walk, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1QN is the closest address to the venue.

Directions: The Undercroft is underneath John Lewis, once you arrive at Chakra Indian Restaurant you need to walk along the river, go through the underpass to the other side of the bridge and on your right hand side you will see The Undercroft. There will be sign posts and volunteers to point you in the right direction.

Access requirements: Please telephone the office on 020 8549 2120 if you have any physical access requirements as there are some limitations at the venue due to it being a disused space.

The Undercroft Scratch is generously supported by Arts Council England


Opportunities for emerging artists

We are excited to announce two new opportunities for emerging artists as part of our Creative Talent Programme.

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.



Creative Talent Scratch Night 
This popup event will take place in March 2020 and will feature the work of 6 emerging artists. Apply before midnight on Friday 28 February here

Creative Talent Programme
Applications are now open for 3 emerging companies to join the next intake of the Creative Talent Programme for 2020-21.  More information can be found here. Deadline to apply is Monday 30 March.

The Creative Talent Programme is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Charity Golf Day 2020

Creative Youth Charity Golf Day

Take part in a brilliant charity golf day with stars of the stage and screen at Richmond Golf Club and raise money for two charities supporting young people; StreetInvest and Creative Youth. Bring a team of 4 or come along and join a team – details below.

The Richmond Golf Club, Sudbrook Lane, Richmond, TW10 7AS

Friday 24 April 2020

Take part
Teams of 4 (or 3 + 1 celebrity) – £495.00
Individual entry – £150.00

Contact Kim to book your place or team
07979 721433

We’re hiring! Seeking an experienced Finance Manager


Creative Youth is seeking an experienced part-time Finance Manager to oversee the management, operations and day to day bookkeeping of Creative Youth/The International Youth Art Festival‘s finances along with financial reporting to the Chief Executive and Trustees as required.

This is a flexible role based in the charity’s office in Kingston town centre and will need a minimum of 35 hours per month with more hours required during the July Festival period.  Salary £35K per annum pro rata.  

Find out more here

Deadline: 13 January 2020