Comedy, dance, music, circus and more: 200 events for tenth International Youth Art Festival programme

More than 200 performances and events have been confirmed for the 2018 International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston.

Now in its tenth year, the festival will take place across 10 days at venues including the Rose Theatre, the outdoor Visit Kingston Stage, Kingston College and a boat on the Thames.

IYAF is the country's largest multi-arts youth festival, after being started by charity Creative Youth in 2009.

Organisers have listed some festival highlights including the acclaimed one-man show from Hoipolloi, The Duke; National Youth Music Theatre's new production Super Hero - the Musical; and Chickenshed Youth Theatre's exploration of the refugee crisis, Raft.

There will also be music and comedy, including shows at The Lamb in Surbiton and The Fighting Cocks and Woody's in Kingston, as well as other theatre events, dance, visual art and circus shows, as well as an event exploring how young people can make careers in the arts.

The programme was announced at a launch event on Monday, May 14, at which co-founder and chairman of Creative Youth Robin Hutchinson was presented with a Citizens Badge by the mayor of Kingston.

The full programme can be viewed at, and tickets can be bought via


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