IYAF 2020

Kingston’s International Youth Arts Festival 2020 applications now open

The Festival returns to Kingston upon Thames from 3 – 12 July

Key Dates

Applications open – 7 October
Applications close – 29 November
Full programme announced – Early May

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

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.

For more information on the application process, visit: www.iyafestival.org.uk/artists.

Applications can feature work of any genre: theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, circus, cabaret, visual arts and more.


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.