Archive for February, 2023

Creative Sparks – Thank you!

Posted on: February 28th, 2023 by cyEditor

We couldn’t be happier with our first ever series of events to take place in our brand new creative space, FUSEBOX.

Over the four evenings we saw a wide range of emerging talent tackling a range of different genres including theatre, music, visual arts, drama, poetry and spoken word.

Missed out on these performances? Not to worry …

Creative Sparks will be making its return to FUSEBOX on Friday 24 and Friday 31 March 2023. Be sure to keep an eye out on our social media channels and webpages for our upcoming line-ups.

Book tickets here for 24 March and 31 March

Oral Histories & Music Heritage (So You Wanna Work in the Arts)

Posted on: February 17th, 2023 by cyEditor



Jarek has worked with Creative Youth since its founding in 2008. He has volunteered at the festival and helped to coordinate a Press Team of young volunteers. Most recently he has worked as a heritage researcher on its Kingston RPM and AMP Kingston projects, exploring music history in the Kingston borough. Outside of heritage, Jarek is an audio production specialist, working on podcasts, radio, and audio drama.

Rib has been actively involved in the collection and dissemination of oral history for over 40 years, on projects ranging from books to exhibitions to websites to plays. As a freelancer he has worked with many organisations, including Age Exchange, Living Archive, The Lightbox and the BBC. He has also had over 60 scripts performed on radio, stage and television, 13 of which have been large-scale community documentary plays based upon oral histories. Rib Davis now spends much of his time training others, mainly on behalf of the British Library and the Oral History Society.

Tim has been a journalist all of his working life, writing for newspapers and magazines. He has also written several books, most recently ‘Hello Tolworth, I’m Ziggy’ – The Story of David Bowie and the history of the pub where it was staged. Tim also worked on the BBC’s Question Time programme for 18 years and, for the past 11 years, have edited Surbiton’s community newspaper, The Good Life.

You can listen to this episode of our podcast series by clicking on the in page media player below, the above Spotify link, or alternatively for a video recording of the session please click here.

Visit our page on Anchor our our Archive Webpage to listen to our full archive of webinar sessions.

So You Wanna Work in/Change the Arts is a podcast & webinar series produced by Creative Youth Charity. This series is part of CY’s wider Creative Talent Programme which offers artistic, strategic and business support to young emerging artists. Generously supported by Arts Council England.

Recorded on 16 February 2022.

FUSEBOX Interview – BBC Radio London (February 2023)

Posted on: February 14th, 2023 by cyEditor

Catch up on today’s recording by either playing the segment from the above player or alternatively by clicking here to visit our YouTube Channel.

FUSEBOX is a multi-arts space for young people where ideas and imaginations will be sparked and dreams realised.

Creative Youth have long dreamed of having a creative playground in Kingston, a place for young people to produce work, try new things, learn, share and develop their talents. Now, that dream is becoming a reality.

Creative Sparks – Collaboration with The RecordShop

Posted on: February 13th, 2023 by cyEditor


Zèra is a neosoul songstress who pools inspiration from 2000s and alternative R&B, jazz and hip hop to create an original sonic landscape. Blending both English and French, she writes songs composed of lush melodies and lyricism pulling from her life experiences, sensuality, and pure feeling. Zèra started her career in Montreal, Canada in 2012 and has since performed at many venues and festivals such as Montreal’s International Jazz Festival and the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop Festival. She has now moved to London and has been performing across the UK music scene.

Instagram: @musicbyzera



26-year-old artist and producer hailing from Tottenham. 

Instagram: @j.ibz_the_artist


Victoria Taiwo

Victoria is a uni student who wants to share her music with whoever cares to listen. 

Instagram: @thenaijamedic


Meet KXN?, a storyteller, wordsmith, and voice for the broken and the searching. His words paint a vivid landscape, capturing the nuances of raw emotion and beauty hidden in the chaos of life. A true artist who is not afraid to be vulnerable, KXN?’s music is a must- listen for anyone looking for something real and authentic. 

Instagram: @kieren.kane


21-year-old melodic rapper based in London. Ishka has grown her style from poetry to rap to singing and fuses these different forms together. Her influences are artists like Greentea Peng and Saba. 

Instagram: @ishkalily

Creative Sparks – 17 February – Performing Arts Night

Posted on: February 7th, 2023 by cyEditor

The Eden Ensemble

The Eden Ensemble will be performing extracts from their new devised play called fruit(ful). A bold and honest exploration of womanhood, sexuality and queerness, fruit(ful) tackles old ideas in order to bear new fruit. 

Instagram: @fruitful.corpusplayroom 

Content Warning: mentions of sexual assault and transphobia  

Sideline Theatre

Josh Shea is currently studying Drama with Film at Royal Holloway. He is best known for playing the role of Young Newt in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Devin in The Royals on Netflix. Josh is passionate about telling stories in both the medium of stage and film and is excited to be part of the cast of It Won’t Let You Live. 

Eva Coffey is a Welsh student, currently completing her BA in Drama and Theatre Studies. With a personal connection to the story, she is excited to be part of the project It Won’t Let You Live and is looking forward to being able to perform! She has appeared in a variety of community and youth theatre projects back in Wales, and completed a year’s professional qualification in Acting with The Acting Company, Gower College Swansea. 

Aoife Parr is currently studying for an MA Theatre Directing under the tutelage of Katie Mitchell. Whilst completing her undergraduate degree at Warwick in English Literature and Theatre, Aoife Assistant Directed two productions at the Edinburgh Fringe (2019 & 2022). Alongside directing, Aoife is also a playwright, with her most recent project, It won’t Let You Live, documenting her lived experience of chronic illness.  

Instagram: aoife_parr 

Content warning: language, reference to sexual content  


Amber Lucia Gibbins (she/they), who goes by the pseudonym ADDLED.AD0LESCENT, is a 22-year-old, mixed-media artist who explores blending digital new age design and technology, with more traditional methods of art. 

In COLOUR CRAZED, they invite you to be introduced into an immersive world full of vibrant colours, featuring interpretative dance by Kai (they/them), Miranda (she/her) and themselves. Through the use of projection, and the human form, witness a look into the mind of Amber’s thoughts and emotions. 

The piece also features music made by MARTIAL AUTIST. 

“I was recently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, a condition that affects how you think, feel and interact with others. I wanted to express how intense and overwhelming my emotions can get, and to raise awareness about BPD, a diagnosis that is heavily stigmatised and demonised by society.” 

Instagram: @colour.crazed.maniac 

Content Warning: Mental Health, Flashing Imagery

Creative Sparks – 10 February – Music & Visual Art

Posted on: February 7th, 2023 by cyEditor


I am a 21-year-old freelance creative focusing on mainly analogue photography. I’ve always been interested in human connection and how those connections can be expressed through us; whether that’s a simple gaze, dance, or even comfortable silence. This series of images is a part of my new project titled ‘Hanim’ – exploring the feminine and maternal connections within the Turkish Cypriot community and highlighting the traditions that mark womanhood for growing Turkish Cypriot girls and women. The series also gives attention the beauty of North Cyprus’ land and history on 35mm.

Instagram – @boxed.up_


Sharifa is an 18-year-old musician, producer, artist and DJ working in between different genres, notably rap, pop, R&B and alternative. With a unique and interesting style, he shows an undeniable potential and a future full-of-promise. Being born in the East Midlands and raised in a close-minded town, Sharifa is now living in London where he continues to grow and collaborate in the creative industry. He takes influences from his daily life and emotional struggles, and portrays it through his work. 

Instagram – @shzrifa 

IzaBella & Mariia

IzaBella and Mariia are Ukrainian professional musicians who were forced to flee their country as a result of Russia’s aggressive attack on their homeland. They met in the UK and became friends in life and music, despite completely different personalities and musical tastes. They created a special performance-program about Ukraine which consists of video and photo content, introducing foreign people with Ukraine’s history and culture and, of course, sharing music – songs that have been written during the war times. Apart from this project they are also working on their solo careers as well, finding opportunities within the acting and dance industries whilst working on other projects both in the UK and internationally.

Instagram – @_realizabella and @mari.yaremak


Creative Youth’s Gala Dinner 2023

Posted on: February 6th, 2023 by cyEditor

What a remarkable 12 months it has been for Creative Youth; returning to a fully in-person festival last summer with a renewed energy and new brand – FUSE International – and with the launch of FUSEBOX, our exciting new flexible performance and events venue, we have gone from strength to strength!

For almost 15 years, Creative Youth has been inspiring, supporting and fostering young talent. We are immensely proud that over that time thousands of young people have been given a platform and a playground, and have been inspired, encouraged and given a helping hand in their chosen path. These achievements are impressive, but none of them would have been possible without your support and continued involvement. 

Join us at this year’s annual Creative Youth Gala Dinner, taking place on Thursday 13 April 2023 at Glenmore House, Surbiton, and celebrate the many successes of the last 12 months. 

 Starting with a reception at 6.45pm, the gala includes a sumptuous meal, an impressive variety of entertainment from some fantastic young performers and is topped off with an auction! 

 As a long-standing supporter of the charity, we wanted to invite you to secure your place as seats will be limited at this year’s event. 

 Mindful of people’s finances, we are keeping the ticket price the same as the 2019 event:
– at £100 for an individual ticket
– £950 for a table of 10

We really hope you can join us for what promises to be a wonderful experience. 

Book tickets here