Tag: 2020

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 programming@iyafestival.org.uk 

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.

Calling all young creatives

Are you aged 16-26 and wanting to make your mark in the creative industries? Do you consider yourself a cultural innovator or an inspiring leader? Is your head bursting with artistic ideas? Do you want to make a difference in the artsIf so, read on...

Creative Youth is seeking artistic, aspiringemerging and motivated creatives to be part of our YOUNG CREATIVES panel. You will assist in driving forward new artistic ideas and plans, including involvement in our International Youth Arts Festival.  

We are looking for young people from theatre, music, dance, visual art or any artistic background to join us. We want this team to represent all walks of life, so want to hear from individuals from ALL backgrounds. Diversity and Equality is at the heart of our organisation so we truly want this group to be representative of all.  

This opportunity is open for everyone, at any stage of your career. This is for creatives, artists, practitioners, producers, directors, backstage crew, fundraisers, literally anyone who has an interest in a career in the arts.  

YOUNG CREATIVES will be facilitated and supported by professionals in the sector and there are substantial learning opportunities to be involved in other aspects of Creative Youth’s work.  


If you are interested, and aged 16 – 26, send us a one-page letter outlining: 

  • Why you think you would benefit from being on our YOUNG CREATIVES team  
  • What you think you could contribute?  
  • Where you want to be in 5 years time?  
  • A little about yourself – what experience you may have had in the arts and creative industries and what career path you may want to go down/where you will be in 5 years’ time? 

Deadline: Sunday, 12th October, 12pm. Email your letter to hello@creativeyouthcharity.org marked Young Creatives 2020 Application in the subject line. 

We will then set up a zoom chat with our shortlisted applicants at a date TBC in October. 

We anticipate that YOUNG CREATIVES will meet a minimum of bimonthly over Zoom initially, However, there will be physical meetings in our Kingston offices in the future, so if you are an applicant outside of London please bear this in mind.  We ask for minimum of a 2-year commitment/maximum 3. 

We will provide a small financial allocation for each person’s participation and will cover travel expenses and other out of pocket costs. Creative Youth will also provide any key training or other support for the group and individual members, as necessary. This is a great opportunity where you can gain invaluable experience in the arts, and develop your CV with a hugely reputable arts organisation in the arts sector 

If you have any questions in the meantime please contact Tom at programming@iyafestival.org.uk