What goes on at the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston?

Festival Director Petra Jane Tauscher gives us the low-down on the IYAF and how you can get involved 

What goes on at the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston?

Could you first introduce yourself for the reader?

I’m Petra Jane Tauscher, Festival Director, International Youth Arts Festival.

What happens at the International Youth Arts Festival?

IYAF is a multi-arts Festival celebrating work created for and by young people. IYAF 2019 runs 5 – 14 July in Kingston Upon Thames and we have a brilliant, bold and eclectic programme of theatre, comedy, music, dance and visual arts.

What do you offer to young people?

IYAF is a fantastic showcase for young and emerging artists. It’s an opportunity to develop and perform their work. We also runSo You Want To Work In The Arts, a series of free workshops led by experienced arts practitioners. Running over two days So You Want To Work In The Arts will give you the inside track on a creative career. You can find out more about the workshops and register here.

We also run an extensive volunteer programme. You can find out more about that here.

Tell us about recent project you’ve run?

Creative Youth, the charity behind IYAF also runs Creative Talent Programme (CTP). CTP identifies young and emerging artists and companies who have the potential to become excellent creative practitioners and gives them the artistic, business and strategic support to become flourishing, challenging, exciting organisations of the future.

Have you seen any change in the industry over the last few years? Is it positive or negative?

Times are tight in the arts industry at the moment – but there are still lots of opportunities out there for anyone wanting to work in the arts. 

Are you an Arts Award Supporter? If so, what do you offer to young people doing Arts Award?

Creative Youth (IYAF’s parent charity) is an Arts Award Supporter. We offer schools and colleges support with their Arts Award work. 

Is there anything you particularly want to promote to young people at the moment?  

We’d love to see lots of people at IYAF 2019! You can read the full programme and book tickets here.

Where can people find out more about the work you do?

Check out our website or follow us on Instagram @iyaf_kingston and Twitter @iyaf.


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