International Youth Arts Festival
Creative Youth organises and delivers the International Youth Arts Festival Kingston (IYAF) the leading youth arts festival in the UK, if not the world! Launched in 2008, IYAF has become a ‘must see’ arts festival and often considered a precursor to Edinburgh Fringe. The Festival takes place every July for 10 days.
Showcasing the best young talent nationally and internationally IYAF provides a platform where emerging young artists aged 5-26 years old can reveal and share their skills and artistic expression with local and visiting audiences. Over the last 12 years the growth has been phenomenal; more than 30,000 young people have participated in delivering the festival as artists, project managers, interns, volunteers in Kingston Upon Thames.
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.
Read the full statement here.
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