Archive for April, 2022

Your invitation: FUSE International 2022 Programme Launch

Posted on: April 28th, 2022 by cyEditor

Taking place at the RIBA award-winning Kingston University’s Town House on Thursday May 19th, this will be a memorable evening of performance and celebration.

FUSE International is the new name of our much-loved summer festival, formerly International Youth Arts Festival and we will be sharing with you the incredible programme we are putting together for this year.

This is an exciting time for Creative Youth and we hope you will be able to join us and be amongst the first to hear about our plans for the festival and the future.

Doors will open at 6pm with performances beginning at 6.45; light refreshments will be available. The evening will conclude at 9pm. Please note that there is no car parking available at the University but it is easily accessible by bus and train. Parking in and around Kingston Town Centre can be found through Parkopedia.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so please ensure to secure your ticket before Weds 13 May. You are more than welcome to bring a guest with you, but this is to be limited to one guest per booking. Any additional tickets should be reserved through a new booking.



Looking back on Taste of Kingston, a celebration of a global community

Posted on: April 21st, 2022 by cyEditor

Taste of Kingston was a five-day global food trail taking local people on a journey around the world via hospitality businesses and high streets in Kingston’s town centre. Nine local businesses with connections to global cuisine were involved; from Parisian brunches at Haché, to Middle Eastern flavours at The Cheeky Pea, and the Chicago-inspired menu of Woody’s Bar and Kitchen. Alongside this, seven artists collaborated with the businesses to create bespoke events to draw people through their doors.

Read the full story in Voice Magazine


Creative Youth awarded #LetsCreate Jubilee Fund

Posted on: April 14th, 2022 by cyEditor

Thanks to National Lottery players, we’ve been awarded funding to host a creative and cultural event to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 🎉

The Community Brain will collaborate with us here at Creative Youth to co-curate an exciting community art exhibition – Global Voices Local Places – that explores how The Commonwealth has shaped the local community within the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames.

Arts Council England’s #LetsCreate Jubilee Fund is made possible thanks to National Lottery Good Causes.

Administered by UK Community Foundations 🙌





Creative Youth announced as Aztec’s Charity of the Year 2022!

Posted on: April 4th, 2022 by cyEditor

Aztec is pleased to announce that Creative Youth has been named as its Charity of the Year in 2022 and has set a target of £6,000 which it will raise through a series of fundraising activities.

A team of between 8-9 employees will carry out the three-peak challenge in August 2022. The aim is to climb all three in just 24 hours. Starting with the ascent of Ben Nevis in Scotland, the team will drive to, and then ascend Scafell Pike in England, then onto Snowdon in Wales, walking over 23 miles with ascents totalling more than 10,000 feet. A minibus will transport everyone between the peaks, driving a total distance of approximately 500 miles with the team attempting to sleep and eat as they travel.

In September 2022, a team of Aztec employees will join the iconic London to Brighton Cycle Ride. This is a 55 mile ride taking riders from Clapham Common through the North & South Downs and ending on Brighton sea front.

In addition to its fundraising efforts, Aztec has also pledged to donate audio visual equipment required for Creative Youth’s Gala Dinner at Glenmore House in Surbiton on 30th March 2022. Creative Youth produce the FUSE International Festival in Kingston-upon-Thames each summer and Aztec has pledged to provide audio visual equipment for the organisers free of charge.

“We have supported Creative Youth in various ways for over 10 years, but we have never formalised our support” explains Aztec’s Managing Director, John Robson. “As we emerge from the pandemic, we feel that young people need our help more than ever. We decided that making Creative Youth our Charity of the Year would be a great way to achieve this, plus we could encourage our own employees to support this amazing local charity in a truly fun and engaging way.”

CEO of Creative Youth Louise Coles said “Aztec have been huge advocates and supporters of Creative Youth for many years, and we are really pleased they have named us their official charity of the year. It has been an incredibly challenging time for young people. Our work remains more important than ever and it is a huge boost that local businesses, such as Aztec, recognise our vital role.”

Editor’s Notes:

Aztec Event Services:

Founded in 1989 and based in Chessington, Aztec has established an enviable reputation in live events, providing technical production and creative services to all types of events literally all over the world. The company is renowned for using its technical expertise to enhance the client experience, and thrives upon creating innovative solutions for events, ensuring that each experience is on brand, on message, and engages with its target audience.

Creative Youth:

Creative Youth is a charity based in Kington-upon-Thames.  As the name implies, it was born out of an ambition to encourage and celebrate the creativity of young people, which they define as ages 5 to 26. The first International Youth Arts Festival (now called FUSE International) was held at the Rose Theatre in 2009, and it has since grown to become the largest festival or its kind in the UK.

The charity is a local organisation with national and international reach that has nurtured and showcased a broad range of talent throughout the festivals, events and training programmes. They will also soon be launching a new and exciting creative space for young people in Kingston and surrounding areas.

Thanks to Creative Youth a minimum of 1,500 young people engage with, and benefit from, their involvement in the arts and creativity every year.

For further information please contact Charlotte or Aztec