Kingston’s International Youth Arts Festival is the UK’s largest festival of its kind, bringing 10 days of celebratory and creative events to the town.

Now in its 11th year, the festival’s 2019 programme aims to be thought-provoking, funny, and astonishing – whether it’s telling classic tales, confronting big issues or transporting the audience to an altogether different world.

Events include theatre, dance, live music, comedy and the visual arts, with something for children and young people of all ages – and adults. The festival runs from Friday 5 to Sunday 14 July 2019.

Kingston International Youth Arts Festival 

Here are a few highlights:

GROWL – Saturday 13 July, Rose Theatre
When a smooth-talking woodcutter turns up with deforestation on his mind, could Wolf be the one to save the forest? Hilarious musical re-telling of the story of the Big Bad Wolf by best-selling children’s author, Timothy Knapman, performed by the National Youth Music Theatre. Suitable for the whole family.

Curiosity Week –Monday 8 to Friday 12 July, Arthur Cotterell Theatre
For pre-schoolers this fun introduction to the festival includes two shows from children’s company Lyngo Theatre – Jack and the Beanstalk and Tom Thumb.

Bully Beef – Wednesday 10 July, Rose Studio

Two Bit Productions present this tense and gripping play, inspired by real events during World War I. For ages 12+.

Jumper Factory – Tuesday 9 July, Rose Theatre
The acclaimed Young Vic theatre collaborated with inmates at HMP Wandsworth to create this powerful piece of theatre, telling the stories of people living behind bars as the world moves on without them. The cast of young men, aged 18 to 25, have all been affected by the criminal justice system.

Sassy Stand Up – Friday 12 July, Rose Theatre
Laugh out loud at some of the UK’s best new female comedians headlined by the brilliant Athena Kugblenu. For ages 16+.

Stage Sounds – Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 July, Kingston marketplace
Grab a deckchair and enjoy a fantastic musical line-up on the big stage, including a mix of local, UK and international talent.

For the full festival programme, visit iyafestival.org.uk. Tickets for all events are available from the Rose Theatre box office.

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