Creative Youth’s Gala Dinner and Auction

We can’t get together this year for our annual Creative Youth Gala Dinner so we’re bringing the evening to your living room.

Hosted by our Chairman, Robin Hutchinson MBE, the evening will bring you entertainment, messages from our patrons, a conversation with our President HRH the Earl of Wessex and, of course, our online auction.

We hope you can join us and help support in a year when it is needed more than ever.

Tickets available:

Online Auction

Our Creative Youth Gala Auction is now live!

This is a key part of our biggest fundraiser of the year, therefore it is more important than ever that we raise as much money as we can through the auction. Please share widely, and bid with the open-hearted kindness shown in supporting Creative Youth in what has been a tough year for charities.
Link for auction and bid:
As we can’t meet together this year, the auction is only online and bidding concludes just after the end of this year’s online Gala Dinner event.
You can bid up until 9:30pm on Tuesday 1st December.

Some top tips and information on bidding …

  • You will need to register your name, email address and phone number in order to bid. This information is protected under GDPR regulations and will only be used to contact you in relation to your bidding, i.e. if you are outbid before the auction closes, or if you are the winning bidder.
  • You can bid anonymously if you choose to. There’s an option to untick ’Show my name’ in the bidding process.
  • You can place a ‘proxy bid’ which is the maximum amount you would be prepared to pay for the item/experience. The system will then continue to bid on your behalf against other bidders – by the set increment – up to your maximum. You will then be informed when your maximum bid has been reached.
  • If you are unable to bid on an item in the auction but wish to offer some support, there is a ‘donate’ button at the top of the page – we’ll be grateful for every penny.
Your support is crucial to keeping the work of the charity going and everyone involved appreciates it so very much. Thank you.
Please share the news, get your ticket and get bidding … and good luck!


The Diversity Shift in the Arts – New webinar

We’re excited to celebrate a partnership with Vrystaat Kunstefees in South Africa. The Free State Arts Festival is an Afrikaans language festival that brings together creative forces between English and Sotho cultures. They contribute to the exchange of ideas around arts, culture and society through connections with other national and international creative communities.

You’re invited to join our next So You Wanna Work in the Arts webinar: ‘The Diversity Shift in the Arts’, bringing together panellists from South Africa and the UK for a discussion on international diversity in the arts. The session will explore the contrasts between the UK and South Africa and what more can be done with equality and diversity across the arts sector.

When | Thursday 5 November
Time | 18:30 SAST / 16:30 BST
How to join | Click here for the Zoom Meeting link

Featuring panellists:

Arti Prashar
Arti stepped down as Spare Tyre’s Artistic Director/CEO in August 2019 after inspirational and acclaimed leadership for 19 years. 

She developed inclusive creative practice championing diverse voices. She is at the forefront of immersive sensory theatre practice for people living with dementia and learning disabled people. She has a strong commitment to collaborative theatre with values based on fundamental human rights. 

She received a Tonic Award 2020 (inclusion and diversity)
She is a Winston Churchill Fellow 2013 (spirituality, dementia and ageing)
Research Fellow at the Centre of Contemporary Theatre at Birkbeck University. 

Angelo Mockie
Angelo Mockie owns his own productions company and has featured in various professional productions as actor, director, musical director, musician or choreographer. Some highlights include, travelling to Rwanda, Egypt and the USA.

He directed locally produced musicals such as FAME, Dreamgirls, Athol Fugard’s My Children My Africa, John Kani and Barney Simon’s Lion and the Lamb, music director for various local artists.He also currently studying towards a PhD in the arts and holds the position, head of student arts, culture and dialogue at the University of the Free State.
Natalie Chan
Natalie is a producer and has worked internationally from the UK to Hong Kong for theatre and cultural events. Some highlights include working with Birmingham City Council and the Chinese Embassy to deliver “Cultures of China, Festivals of Spring” and producing Dumbledore Is So Gay which won the VAULT Festival’s Origins Award 2020.

She trained as Resident Assistant Producer at Theatre503, worked as Box Office Deputy Manager for Pleasance Theatre and now works in the Fundraising and Operations team at Creative Youth Charity alongside freelance producing.

Unique Clarke
Unique is an English with Film Graduate from Kings College London. She’s worked as an assistant script-writer, runner, editor, producer, and curator for film, theatre and anthologies. Previously she has participated in ‘emerging‘ arts schemes with the National Theatre and Young Vic. Recently, she has curated a Black History Month exhibition for John Lewis & Partners, the first of its kind in the companies 150 year history. Her interest lays particularly in producing for theatre, film and TV.

This webinar is part of Creative Youth’s So You Wanna Work In The Arts? programme, a series of free sessions aimed at helping young people gain an insight into the professional creative industries. The workshops will bring together experienced arts practitioners and inspiring young creatives to explore the future of the arts. 

International Youth Arts Festival Announcement

A group of dancers on stage bathed in dramatic purple light
Photo: Tangle Photography

We’re thrilled to announce that applications for the 13th International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) will open from Monday 9th November.  

It has been a challenging year for the arts, and we hope you are all well. Thank you everyone for joining our International Youth Arts Festival: Digifest in July. Digifest was a wonderful opportunity to continue presenting and supporting young artists, and we will take this digital experience forward to enrich all future festivals.  

For International Youth Arts Festival 2021 we are committed to continue our work and adapt our vision for the festival to the various situations which could face us in terms of the Covid–19 pandemic. We encourage all potential applicants to think creatively with us, and we welcome all your ideas and questions.  

Our new look festival will be split into 3 categories: Indoor, Outdoor and Digital:

For International Youth Arts Festival 2021 we can’t wait to hear your ideas for indoor performances. Do you also have a vision for your piece that could potentially accommodate a socially distanced audience? Have you also thought about a more experimental / immersive style?  

We are also interested in work that can be performed in various outside spaces and we aim to expand our Outdoor Programme across the stunning town of Kingston Upon Thames. It may be theatre, music, comedy, visual arts, dance, circus and morecould your performance be adapted to an outdoor performance?  

Have you developed some new digital ideas? Alongside the live festival we intend to present an International Youth Arts Festival: Digifest 2021. How could your performance also fit a digital platform? 

So please, think boldly and out of the box, and use your brilliant creative minds to come up with as many exciting and surprising projects as possible for the application process opening on 9th November 2020. If you have any questions or want to run any idea by us before then, we’d love to hear from you at 

We can’t wait to all come together in Summer 2021! 

International Youth Arts Festival Programming Team 

So You Wanna Work in the Arts

We are excited to share news that So You Wanna Work in the Arts, a free webinar series for and by young people, will be returning from October 2020. Delivered by Creative Youth, the sessions will take place approximately once a month and will explore key topics affecting the arts industry, alongside practical advice sessions for emerging artists. 

Our online series was first launched at International Youth Arts Festival: Digifest in July 2020 and you can listen to the recordings via our Youtube channel.

So You Wanna Work in the Arts is part of Creative Youth’s wider Creative Talent Programme which offers artistic, strategic and business support to young emerging artists.  

Creative Talent Programme is supported by Arts Council England.

The first webinar in the new series is:

What I Didn’t Learn In School! Black British History
Monday 26 October 2020, 20:00 – 21:00 BST
Join a panel of young creatives to discuss the Black British History that isn’t taught in schools, from The Empire Windrush to historical figures like Mary Seacole.

What does this lack of representation in British history mean to contemporary generations and what is the impact of being taught such a brief part of Black History?Organised by Creative Youth with Kingston Council’s Arts Service, panellists Kayla CadenceGemma Orleans-ThompsonIyata Golding and Myles Cameron will discuss how the arts can be a useful tool in supporting, inspiring and educating future generations.

Creative Youth receives Culture Recovery Fund

Creative Youth receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund  


Creative Youth has been awarded a grant as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.  

Creative Youth is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.  

Creative Youth is the Kingston-based charity that exists to enable young people, aged 5 – 26, to realise their potential through the arts, involving them in innovative, original and ambitious projects. 

The charity produces high quality programmes to showcase young creatives and offer opportunities for all young people to build confidence and skills through involvement and participation in the arts. Some of the current initiatives include the Creative Talent Programme, which offers artistic, business and strategic support to young emerging artists, and the International Youth Arts Festival which takes place each July.  

International Youth Arts Festival hosts over 150 events each year for and by young people. 2020 saw the introduction of International Youth Arts Festival: Digifest, an online showcase of creative work produced during lockdown. Digifest resulted in a wealth of international collaborations and will form an important part of the festival in future years. 


 Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.  

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.” 

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:
“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.” 

Chair, Creative Youth, Robin Hutchinson, said:
“We are grateful for this support and for the recognition it gives to the charity and our work which will be even more vital in the future. The need to provide opportunities and support for young people will only grow and it is vital that these are open, accessible and provide platforms for people to realise their talents and ambitions as we rebuild after Covid-19.” 

Chief Executive, Creative Youth, Louise Coles, said:
“This funding ensures that Creative Youth and International Youth Arts Festival are in a position to be able to continue providing fundamental opportunities for young people to access the arts during these challenging timesandin particularto ensure that more young people and audiences from diverse backgrounds at a local, national, international level can participate and are not marginalised. 

Creative Youth will continue to be there for the young people who need us, and this support will also allow the specific development of much needed digital resources which will be available for free to all young people via our website. This includes, for example, our So You Wanna Work in the Arts programme, a series of free online webinars discussing key industry issues that affect young people, which ware able to now launch at the end of October 2020. 

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. 

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 billion for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at 

Creative Youth is a charity that aims to enable young people to realise their potential through the Arts. The charity, based in Kingston upon Thames, allows young people aged 5-26, to be involved in innovative, original, ambitious projects working with artists of the highest quality. Find out more at and 

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