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International Youth Arts Festival 2021 - Applications Now Open, Creative Youth

  • London
  • combined arts, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, photography, music, theatre, visual arts
  • Tom Stocks


International Youth Arts Festival is the UK’s largest multi-arts festival for and by people under 27, featuring some of the most exciting new work by emerging young talent. Applications are now open to take part in the 2021 festival.

Established in 2009 by Creative Youth, the 10-day festival hosts around 200 events across venues and spaces around Kingston upon Thames every July. Anyone and everyone is welcome to apply. International Youth Arts Festival aims to provide a supportive environment for artists at every stage of their creative journey, from experienced performers to those putting on their first show.

Applications for all art forms are welcome: theatre, music, comedy, dance, circus, visual art, cabaret and more.  If you’re over 27 but your work is directed at young audiences, we’d love to hear from you too.

International Youth Arts Festival will return from 2 – 11 July 2021.

Our 2021 festival applications will be split into 3 categories:
– Indoor
– Outdoor
– Digital

Alongside our usual venues, for IYAF 2021 we are particularly interested in expanding our outdoor programme in various outside spaces – this could be for theatre, music, comedy, visual arts, dance, circus and more. Also, we potentially have access to some new exciting, unconventional performance spaces next year, and we are interested in any immersive/ experimental project ideas.

If you are applying with an indoor performance, please be mindful it may need to comply with government guidelines.

Find out more:

Apply by 8 January 2021.

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