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6th July to 15th July

Now celebrating its tenth year, the International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston is the largest multi-arts festival for young people in the UK.

This year’s festival takes place from the 6th to 15th July at venues including the Rose Theatre, Kingston College and Kingston’s Ancient Market Place.

The programme, copies of which are available from venues around Kingston, features a diverse programme of work from local, national and international artists. With theatre, comedy, music, film visual arts and a range of special events there really is something for everyone.

> Click here to view the programme online


Here we round up 10 highlights to give you a flavour of what’s on offer…

Super Hero - The Musical
The award-winning National Youth Music Theatre return to IYAF with their brand new show, about a boy with special powers to turn everything into a musical.

Music First - Live in Kingston
In partnership with Visit Kingston, the Ancient Market Place plays host to a range of free outdoor performances and workshops taking place every Saturday and Sunday during the Festival.

Big Family Orchestra Day
Dust off your instruments and come along to this fun-filled event organised by Kingston Music Service. All abilities welcome! To take part, contact

The Duke
Leading theatre company Hoipoilloi bring their acclaimed one-man play to Kingston College’s Arthur Cotterell Theatre. This thought-provoking production raises money for Save The Children’s Emergency Fund.

Young Folk
IYAF’s annual showcase of the best young folk musicians, this year’s line-up is led by Luke Jackson, who was a double nominee in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Opening Night
Get a flavour of the festival with the raucous opening night gala at the Rose Theatre. With dance, music, theatre and comedy it’s the perfect opportunity to see what’s in store for the next ten days.

Cult Comics
Rising star comedians Sam Golin and Bisha K Ali present with their geek-culture themed spectacular of comedy and nerd-friendly games.

Pan African Dance Heritage
A traditional music and dance group from Ghana, this acclaimed ensemble includes dancers, singers, drummers and musicians.

Featuring the world’s first all-female Cyr (a large acrobatic wheel) group, this show has exploded onto the UK circus scene in a whirlwind of women, wheels, acrobatics and song.

So You Want to Work in the Arts?
Held at Kingston University, this series of free workshops and talks aims to help young people forge careers in the arts. To take part, email


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