International Youth Arts Festival launches applications for 2020, Creative Youth

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Creative Youth have announced that applications for Kingston’s 12th International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) are now open.

Key dates: 
Applications close – 29 November 2019, 5pm
Full programme announced – Early May 2020
The Festival - 3 to 12 July 2020

The Festival, delivered by Creative Youth charity, is one of the world’s largest international multi-arts festival for young and emerging artists with 200 events over 10 days. 

IYAF brings some of the greatest young talent from around the world to Kingston for 10 days of inventive, inspiring and ground-breaking theatre, music and dance. The 12th Festival will run from 3 - 12 July 2020 at venues across Kingston including performances held at the Rose Theatre, Arthur Cotterell Theatre and a free outdoor stage with live music at the historic Market Place.   

IYAF has a reputation for its welcoming atmosphere and supportive audiences. It provides a platform for professional companies or artists who are touring, or testing something new, and an exciting experience for festival first-timers looking for an opportunity to show what they can do. The full Festival programme will be announced in May. 

How to apply:
For more information on the application process, visit: or contact the programming team on 020 8549 2120. Applications can feature work of any genre: theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, circus, cabaret, visual arts and more. 

About Creative Youth: 

Creative Youth is a not for profit, registered charity that enables young people to realise their potential through the Arts and delivers the International Youth Arts Festival every July. The charity believes every young person has a right to access the arts and creativity and should be encouraged to take initiatives, risks and push boundaries in a safe inclusive environment.