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5th July to 14th July

Returning for its 11th year, the International Youth Arts Festival is the largest multi-arts festival for young people in the UK. 

IYAF brings ten days of celebration, curiosity, and creativity to Kingston. This year’s programme is packed with thought-provoking, funny, beautiful shows that tell classic stories, tackle big subjects, and transport us to different worlds.  

Great shows for children and families, ground-breaking theatre and dance, live music, comedy and visual arts – there's something for everyone! 

Don’t know where to start? Then check out some of our Festival Picks – a small selection of some of the wonderful shows coming to Kingston this summer:  


GROWL - National Youth Music Theatre - Saturday 13 July 
An ingenious take on a classic fairytale from the renowned NYMT – GROWL is a new that musical that tells the true story of the Big Bad Wolf. Written by best-selling children’s author, Timothy Knapman, this hilarious show for all the family.  

Curiosity Week - for our mini Festival-goers! - 8-12 July  
A week of fun for pre-school and younger children, headlined by two shows – Jack and the Beanstalk and Tom Thumb - from the fantastic children’s theatre company Lyngo Theatre.  

Jumper Factory - Young Vic - Tuesday 9 July
A collaboration between the Young Vic and inmates at HMP Wandsworth, this intimate and powerful new piece explores the stories of people behind bars and the resilience they need to face a world that moves without them.  

Sassy Stand Up – Friday 12 July  
Featuring a line-up of some of the UK’s best new female comedians headlined by the brilliant Athena Kugblenu, Sassy Stand Up brings some very funny women to Kingston for a night of brilliant comedy.   

Stage Sounds: Live at Kingston Marketplace  - 6-7 July
The In Kingston music stage is back in the Marketplace on the 6th and 7th July. Grab a deckchair, sit back and enjoy a fantastic line-up of great new local, UK and international talent.  


For the full festival programme, visit

Tickets for all events are available from the Rose Theatre Box Office

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