It has never been harder for young people to get on the career ladder; even if you're a graduate, fresh out of university, it sometimes seems like all your hard work is going to waste. When it comes to the Arts, cuts in funding make things particularly difficult, not only when it comes to getting work, but also finding (affordable) places to learn and get experience.
That's why Creative Youth set up their charity in 2008, in order to help young people reach their potential. Every year the organise an International Youth Arts Festival, showcasing the talent of young people up to 26 years old. This years festival is supported by Kingston University, the Earl of Wessex, and potentially you.
On the 25th April they are holding a Gala Dinner to help support the project. Tickets are £100 per person and include a canape reception at 7.15pm, followed by dinner, entertainment, a raffle and an auction for a signed Fender Stratocaster guitar signed by Peter Townsend. Last year's dinner raised £10,000
The festival itself, takes place in Kingston between the 6th-28th July, including a Workshop Week, in which you will be able to make album recordings, learn circus & puppet skills, and go to carnival camp. There will be a Raise The Roof variety night on the 12th July, and K Games on the following day, where you will be able to listen to live music, share in a BMX BBQ, and take part in skate boarding, roller skating, and scooter competitions for some great prizes and give away.
The town centre will come alive on the 14th July as a carnival takes to the streets with dancers, performers, and live puppets. The on the 20th July, Kinetic Visions Dance Night will showcase a broad range of dance styles, from classical to street to jazz. And that's just for tasters; many other events have yet to be announced, so keep an eye out to see what else is going on.