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A Celebration of Young Talent
International Arts Youth Festival 2014

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The International Arts Youth Festival returns for its sixth year in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Celebrating young talent from across Europe, the three-week event runs from the 5th - 27th July, and is jam packed with performances from every field of the arts. For big enthusiasts, you can order a festival pass for 95 adult or 55 concessions. This will allow you entry to every single production as well as a Festival Club Membership. If you would just like to see a few things, however, you can also book individual tickets that range from 4-15. There are plenty of free events to enjoy as well.


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19th July

Orwell's dystopian novel is performed by the Rose Youth Theatre.

19th & 27th July

Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is performed by the Searchlight Theatre Company.

23rd - 27th July

A play addressing the black market slave trade in the 1800s.

As You Like It
14th & 15th, 18th, 23rd, 27th July

Shakespeare's romantic comedy performed by Shakespeare Napa Valley.

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Cheese! A Farcical Fantasy Musical
23rd & 24th, 26th July

Excerpts from a new musical about cheese addiction.

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Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
15th & 16th, 18th July

The Peanuts gang have grown up into hormonal teenagers, and Charlie's beloved dog is dead.

16th July

A world of shadows, illusion, deception, and disco.

Finite Minds
23rd & 25th July

A piece of work in progress looking for audiences' opinions.

13th - 15th, 17th July

Two men climb as their friendship falls, and enemies make war for sport.

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Grandmother's Footsteps
17th, 19th, 22nd July

Tyrannical Nurse Ranchild runs Mountville Retirement Home. Four pensioners, with nothing to lose, concoct an elaborate escape.

Grim: A New Musical
20th, 22nd, 25th, 27th July

Musical about the power of love versus the power of death.

In Love
21st, 24th, 26th July

Puppet show in which a man travels far and wide on different boars until he meets a woman who changes his life.

In Our Hands
22nd & 23rd July

A work in progress puppet show.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
14th & 15th July

This famous story is performed by an all-Mongolian cast, with some new twists.

15th & 16th, 18th July

An exploration of the treatment of women who were thought to be mad.

Les Belles Soeurs
14th, 17th, 19th July

Germaine has won a million trading stamps, which she plants to use to decorate her entire home.

24th - 27th July

Shakespeare's tragedy is performed by Further Stages Theatre Company Wimbledon.

You can find out more about other theatre productions in the online brochure.


13th, 16th, 20th, 23rd July

Each night hosts a different musical genius at the Lamb Pub

Big Band Swinger Night
18th July

Jazz, swing, and blue at the Rose Cafe.

17th July

A band of talented young disabled artists performing songs from their upcoming album.

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K Town
12th & 13th July

Free music on an outdoor stage at the Market Place.

Open Mic Night
22nd July

Why not get up on stage at the Rose Cafe and perform?

Open Mic Series
15th, 22nd, 17th, 24th July

Local musicians will play a range of covers and original material at Woody's.

14th July

African Youth Orchestra perform at All Saints Church.

Soundscape of Africa
19th & 20th July

Let music send you on a trip to Africa.

Summer Concert
23rd July

Euphonix Community Choir perform a range of different music at the Rose theatre.

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Swamp Stomp
23rd July

A celebration of Americana, featuring the best of New Orleans, blues, and country music at Woody's.

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Tankus the Henge Presents The Last Waltz
24th July

'The Last Waltz' was the final concert by The Ban held on Thanksgiving in 1976. They were joined on stage by Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan, and many other stars. Tankus the Henge hopes to recreate that special moment.


Bar Story
12th July

Two bartenders serve their customers through a series of dance moves performed by the Etta Ermini Dance Theatre.

Ignition Community Dance Performance
12th July

Schools, community groups, and youth companies share their work on the outdoor stage. There will also be interactive workshops, including folk dance remixed with street dance, and the Maypole Boogie.

Ignition Dance Showcase
12th July

An evening of commissioned short dance pieces, with a guest performance from the BalletBoyz.

Szambalia: Rock Opera
15th, 17th, 20th July

A mysterious journey from 1920s Berlin to the Himalayas to discover a lost civilisation.

The Dance Escape
18th & 19th July

Vital Signz tells a story through dance about two strangers being brought together.

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The Romeo and Juliet Project
17th, 25th, 26th July

A modern day telling of Shakespeare's tragic love story, covering issues of homophobia and bullying.

Market Stall
6th July

Market Place becomes a set piece for a physical dance performance that includes circus skills. parkour. and song.

Ponniyin Selvan
19th & 26th July

Based on a famous novel, Ponniyin Selvan tells the story of the love of a Tamil Prince in the eleventh century.

Watching Watching the World Go By
5th July

Featuring bag ladies, runaway brides, and university students, a woman watches as the world goes by.

Art, Film, & Events

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Art Walk
6th - 27th July

Artists paint the town red (and lots of other colours) with graffiti, live art, and installations. Explore Kingston and see what you can find.

A Worldly Picture of Poetry and Paint
20th July

Artists all over the world will perform poetry, songs, and dances initiated by audience members with buzzers. A giant globe will b painted as each country is ticked off. The audience will be encourage to join in a painting extravaganza.

Busker's Perches
11th - 27th July

Extra busking slots will be placed around the town for more performances.

13th July

A parade featuring drummers, dancers, puppets, and performers celebrates everything Brazil.

K Games
12th July

Extreme sports competition for skate, BMX, inline, and scooter disciplines. There will be live music, DJs, circus workshops, and a graffiti showcase.

Maliha's Art
11th July

Maliha will explore a different cultures in an exhibition of her work.

Monster Raving Looney Ceilidh Party
18th July

Kingston's biggest barn dance yet.

17th July

All Saints Church showcases music, poetry, theatre, and comedy.

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Scratch and Hatch
17th, 23rd July

Individuals and companies test out ten minutes of their work in front of an audience for feedback.

The Birdies' Awards Night
7th July

Back to back screenings at the Odeon of works by young and amateur filmmakers.

The Culinary Show
19th July

Lucky audience members will get to participate in a blend of food theatre. art, and storytelling.

Woody's 6th Birthday Party
20th July

Celebrate Woody's sixth birthday with party games, silly races, music, entertainment, and table dancing.

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Woody's Cinema
167th July

The bar is converted into a cinema to screen films such as Anchor Point, Lumpy Boy, and shorts.

Work in Progress
11th - 27th July

An exhibition of half completed artwork.

You can find out more about other events in the online brochure.

Circus, Comedy, & Spoken Word

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12th July

Aerial artists will suspend themselves from the ceiling of the Bentalls Centre for a death defying performance.

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Black Hoods
14th & 15th, 17th, 20th July

An adult puppet shoe featuring surreal and bizarre cabaret.

13th July

an international collaboration between two youth circus companies at the Rose Theatre.

13th July

As part of the sixth International Youth Circus Festival, five troupes perform in a one-time only collaboration

Circus Suburbia Youth Circus Cabaret
20th & 21st July

Be swept away by daring cabaret.

I Laugh
13th, 24th July

A comedy showcase of young comedians from around London.

Strung Out
14th, 16th, 26th July

Two sisters are caught in a catastrophe when their building collapses. To escape the fear, the create a fantasy adventure out of the debris.

The Clowns of Oz
23rd July

Through audience suggestions, the Bad Clowns will turn the world of the Wizard of Oz upside down.

Word Up!
12th, 22nd, 27th July

Contemporary poetry performances at various venues.


At the Bottom of the Garden
19th & 20th July

Chase giant butterflies, rustle leaves, and jump in puzzles, using interactive floor projections.

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Elsie and the Dragon
13th, 23rd, 27th July

A puppet show proving that friends can be found in the unlikeliest of places. Great for anyone who has ever wondered what is under the bed.

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Georges Marvellous Medicine
24th, 26th & 27th July

Roald Dahl's wonderful story brought to the stage.

Handmade Tales
13th & 14th July

A hilarious yet touching story by Tap Tap Theatre.

Inside My Imagination
25th & 26th July

A multi-sensory performance told by Tom the Tiger. Golden birds light up the sky, fish blow musical bubbles, and princesses can fly.

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Made Up stories from my Unmade Bed
13th, 15th July

Enter the Page One Theatre's rehearsal room for a sensory performance full of pillows and feathers.

The Brat and That!
14th, 16th & 17th, 19th & 20th July

Mala is a brat, but a strange creature called Munfi comes to teach her a lesson.

Three Silver Fish
12th & 13th July

A Doctor Who style play in which a magician travels through time in pursuit of the Evil King Silver.


For all workshop bookings email or call 0208 549 2120.

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A Taste of Brazil
5th - 7th July

Learn basic capoeria sequences (Brazilian martial arts), acrobatics, music, and dance.

Bata African Dance
8th July

Take part in a Bata - a religious drumming and dance ritual.

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Carnival Workshop
5th & 6th, 13th July

Make masks, headdresses, props, and flags for the parade on the 13th July.

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Circus Workshop
5th & 6th July

Practice various ground-based circus tricks, such as juggling, stilt walking, and acrobatics.

Come and Dance

In this street dance workshop you will learn about the history, style, and foundations of the genre from high end choreographers.

Come and Play Day
19th July

Try out some musical instruments at the Market House.

Dream Factory
5th & 6th July

Through a mix of games and imaginative play, children will explore poetry, puppetry, and bring their dreams to life.

You can find out more about other workshops in the online brochure.
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Why? 0208 549 2120
When: 5th - 27th July
Where: Around Kingston
Cost: Free - 95
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