Archive for November, 2021

From International Youth Arts Festival to FUSE International

Posted on: November 18th, 2021 by cyEditor

International Youth Arts Festival was formed in 2009 when a group of local creatives, event organisers and the community came together with a desire to create a platform to showcase work by and for young people under 27.

13 years later and thousands of artists, performers, production managers, tech teams, volunteers and more have brought Kingston to life every summer. As the festival developed, questions arose around the name and visual identity of the festival. The renaming of International Youth Arts Festival was initially stimulated by feedback and discussions with our cohort of Young Creatives and then followed by wider input from festival participants, audience members, out staff, Board and wider networks.

The message was that young people – particularly those in the 18-26 age bracket – did not like the word ‘youth’ in the title of the festival. They did not connect to it and they certainly did not feel excited by it. 

Reviewing IYAF’s success over its first decade, and in positioning the festival for the next 10 years, the artistic leadership sited the participants and audiences in higher education and their emerging professional years as the main target for developing the festival in future. The name IYAF appeared as a hurdle to exactly the demographic we were aiming to focus on, and over a period of extensive consultation and debate FUSE International, with its contemporary feel, was born. 

The ambition of FUSE International will remain as before. Our hope is that with the new name we will be better placed to reach a demographic which will grow the festival even more. IYAF has always about making connections and the energy which is created by artistic encounters and exchange. It is about connecting the different artforms: Dance, Music, Theatre, Comedy, Film, Visual Art; connecting the age group age 5- 26; connecting the young people of this island to the rest of the world and FUSE International has been welcomed as a name to express that. 

Creative Youth Connects Event

Posted on: November 17th, 2021 by cyEditor

Creative Youth is thrilled to share with you some exciting developments for our charity and our annual, much-loved summer festival. This is an opportunity for us to connect with you, have you as part of our onward journey and for you to meet our team in person.

There will be drinks and nibbles as well as short speeches and performances from some of the young artists we are working with, as well as plenty of opportunity to chat and connect in a relaxed, informal environment.

Managed by Union of Kingston Students and Studio KT1, Not My Beautiful House is a new multi-purpose venue showcasing creativity from Kingston students, alumni and small businesses. 80% of every sale goes straight back to the creative. If you wish to attend please get into contact with our General Manager, Natalie Chan, on

Doors Open: 6pm
Event Start: 6:30pm
Event Finish: 8:00pm

Taste of Kingston: Global Food Trail

Posted on: November 11th, 2021 by cyEditor

‘Taste of Kingston’ will see a breadth of activity enliven high streets around the town. Expect pop up street food stalls, drinks offers, tastings and creative workshops which celebrate Kingston as a hub of global cuisine!

By following our trail map – which can be found below and also in businesses dotted around the town centre – you can journey around exciting activities, uncover some new food hotspots and support businesses right on your doorstep!

At the first stop on the trail, a street artist will be creating a mural at the Undercroft site. We will be facilitating a creative workshop so that people can come down and add to the mural over the course of five days.

From there, you can join the ‘Taste of Kingston’ trail and take a journey around the world, without leaving Kingston’s town centre.

Head over to our what’s on page to get involved and see the full event listings and click here to view our ‘Taste of Kingston’ map and leaflet as a PDF.

Taste of Kingston is produced by Creative Youth, generously supported by Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames’ ‘High Street Recovery Fund’




1) The Undercroft – Community Artwork,

Wednesday 24th – Sunday 28th
11am – 3:30pm

LeSpleenArt will be running community art workshops for you to express what your community means to you. Expect collaborative making, street art stenciling, spray painting and more!

2) Chakra – Indian Street Food + Wraps
Thursday 25th & Friday 26th | 3pm – 5:00pm

Chakra will be offering a selection of Indian Street Food + Wraps for you to sample at a pop-up stall outside their restaurant on Kingston’s beautiful riverside.

3) Haché – Parisian Brunch,
Everyday | 10am – 1pm

Make a trip down to Kingston’s riverside and try the latest addition to Haché’s cocktail menu ‘The Elderflower Spritz’ and conjure up the image of a Parisian brunch.

4) Woody’s – Taste of Kingston DJ Set,
Friday 26th | 6:30pm-9pm

Come down to Woody’s to taste their Chicago inspired food menu, enjoy a selection of first-class drinks from around the world, and immerse yourself in a DJ set from Melissa Baksh.

5) The Cheeky Pea – Give Chickpeas a Chance,
Thursday 25th | 12pm to 4pm | Saturday 27th | 11am – 12:30pm & 3pm – 5pm

Hummus making kits are offered at this local favourite to take away and try at home. Whilst you’re there, check out a selection of hummus tasting, chickpea jar decorating and a food quiz!

6) Kingston Historic Market,
Everyday | 10am – 5pm

Wander around this vibrant street food scene and try everything from Vietnamese Pho and Mexican Burritos to Vegan Burgers, and even Moroccan Grill Wraps. Make sure to check out the wide range of beautiful Christmas stalls also located in the Square.

7) 7000 Jars of Beer – Drink Around the World,
Saturday 27th | 1pm – 4pm

Kingston’s first bottle shop is the definition of a world drink destination. Sample drinks that might have been shipped in from the four corners of the world or pedal biked straight to the shop door.

8) Castle Street – Asian Lunch Spot,

One of the best spots for a Pan-Asian lunch stop in Kingston. Wander down Castle Street and see JOA Korean Takeaway, stop for fresh Asian cuisine at Yoriya or try sushi at Kokoro.

9) The Fighting Cocks – Live Rock & Daring Drinks,
Friday 26th | 7:30pm

Kingston’s hard-hitting rock and exciting live-music scene come together with a huge selection of draft beers, lavish cocktails and seductive real ales. Grab a drink and join ‘The Fighting Cocks Presents Blind river, Earthtide and Dirt Royal, Hard hitting rock and incredible riffs’.

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Himali Patil (Designer)
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