The International Youth Arts Festival returns to shows for 2021


One of the first arts festivals to take place this year arrives in Kingston upon Thames in July as the International Youth Arts Festival returns after a year of hiatus from performing. Taking place over ten days, IYAF 2021 offers a range of events in the fields of performance, film, music and visual arts with a focus on the arts by and for young people, organized by the Creative Youth charity. Events will take place at the Rose Theater as well as outdoor venues around Kingston, with some events also being held online.

The safety of the public and attendees has been at the forefront of all planning for the festival and the festival will continue as planned despite the recent government announcement delaying the easing of restrictions, with socially remote headquarters and additional precautionary measures in square.

This year’s highlights include Lost in Translation’s Hotel Paradiso, a family-friendly show that mixes spectacular circus talent, physical comedy and theatrical storytelling in a colorful, loud and hilarious show from renowned international company Lost in Translation. The show toured internationally and was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Other productions staged at the Rose include comedy from Bad Clowns, an all-day dance showcase featuring hip hop dance group Vital Signz, and a range of theater performances from Full Pelt Theater, Pound of Flesh. and many others, as well as a festival celebrating emerging film talent.

Meanwhile, in the outskirts of Kingston a number of outdoor events are taking place, from a performance with a giant puppet by award-winning Smoking Apples at Canbury Gardens to live music at the Kingston Market hosted by the activist. , rapper and singer-songwriter from Sussex Boudicca. .

A series of lectures and webinars will be held online. So you want to work in the arts? aimed at young people interested in a career in the arts and two exhibitions will showcase the work of emerging visual artists.

The IYAF has been taking place in Kingston since 2009, but last year had to move online due to the pandemic, taking place as a single Digifest. While this year’s live event has been reduced from previous events and there will be less in-person participation from international partners due to travel restrictions, IYAF 2021 will provide an opportunity for a creative reset. after the pandemic and a chance for young people to claim their space and express themselves after a difficult year.

Cllr Rebekah Moll, Portfolio Holder for Culture at Kingston Council, said: “We are delighted to be able to host the International Youth Arts Festival again this year. Thank you to all those who organized it in such a short time, we are very proud to be able to support the young creatives of our borough.

“We want to remind everyone to continue to follow the rules, so that we can make sure everyone stays safe and can enjoy this event and others.”

Kayla Cadence, one of Creative Youth’s young creatives, said: “This year has been such a roller coaster with so much uncertainty. As an artist, it was hard to see such a lack of understanding of the importance of the arts, especially during the lockdown, a time when we all indulged in them and relied on them. I have such a passion and love for the arts, so this is the most amazing feeling to ‘being surrounded by other people who have the same love and passion. Hearing the news that the IYAF is moving forward really lifted my spirits. I am so excited to be in this wonderful environment again, surrounded by laughs, smiles and the same love for the arts. “

Massimiliano Rosetti, Director of Lost in Translation Company, said: “Lost in Translation is delighted to perform at the Rose Theater as part of IYAF 2021. We strongly believe in the value of the arts for young people and look forward to doing so. part of this celebration of youth creativity. “

Creative Youth is a charity which aims to enable young people from 5 to 26 years old to realize their potential through the arts, by involving them in innovative, original and ambitious projects. Recent projects include the Creative Talent Program, which provides artistic, business and strategic support to young emerging artists and to Kingston RPM; Records, People and Music, which explores Kingston’s rich musical heritage. Creative Youth is the Kingston-based charity behind the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) each July. For more information visit

The International Youth Arts Festival is a multi-arts festival that takes place in Kingston upon Thames each year in July. The festival has brought together young artists aged 5 to 26 since 2009. The festival takes place at venues such as Rose Theater Kingston, Kingston’s Ancient Marketplace and Arthur Cotterell Theater.

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