Taunton Youth Culture & Arts Festival 2022

Taunton Youth Culture & Arts Festival 2022

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Tyca 2022...

Taunton Youth Culture & Arts Festival 2022

Arts Taunton

About Tyca

Tyca stands for Taunton Youth Culture and Arts and it was first launched in 2019.

2022 Tyca Performances

Covid stopped the live performances last year but all the rehearsals were taking place and the performances ready to be rolled out... AND here they are!! Enjoy...
PLUS>> a one off special Jubilee Jamboree and Flash Mob and two other special performances previously not seen!

Tyca Festival 2022 Day 1 

This event took place on the 3rd of March at the Tacchi Morris Arts Centre. 
The performances were given by: ● Bridgwater & Taunton College Dance● Richard Huish College Popular Music Course● Chhaya Youth Dance
Using the theme of Empowerment, Tyca presents:
A celebration of dance from two specially commissioned works by acclaimed choreographers Kay Crook of Chhaya Collective and Bristol’s Helen Wilson, Director of award winning Rise Youth Dance. Companies are Bridgwater & Taunton College Dancers, and Chhaya Youth Dance.
Accoustic performances from singers, songwriters and guitarists from Richard Huish College Popular Music Course: Molly Arscott and Jon West & his band.

Concerto Grosso for all

Performed by:● Guildhall Young Artists Taunton● King’s Hall School, Taunton● Southern Sinfonia● J.J. Hathaway
In collaboration with the hugely talented young Somerset composer, J.J. Hathaway, Simon Chalk brings members of Southern Sinfonia to the festival for what promises to be a spectacular melting pot of creativity and inspiration. 
The festival has commissioned J. J. to compose a brand new ‘Concerto Grosso’ incorporating ideas from many of the young musicians who will be involved in the project. 
The performance will be the culmination of a number of weeks of workshops and rehearsals, that enabled the young musicians to work with Simon Chalk and Southern Sinfonia to build skills, confidence and have fun with their music-making.

Tyca Festival Day 3

Performed by:● Rise Youth Dance● Make Performing Arts ●  Somerset Youth Theatre
The evening includes new work by MAKE Performing Arts on the subject of the first PROTESTS and they ended up changing the world and Rise Youth Dance with a new original performance.
This evening is also a presentation of short works by the Somerset Youth Theatre, featuring ‘Sunday Roast’ which explores the unsaid secrets among families, centred around a Sunday Roast Dinner table. An intriguing mix of life experiences, all mixed together with singing vegetables, gravy and Yorkshire puddings!

Taunton School Enrichment Programme

The World is on Fire ...

Bridgwater and Taunton College Graduate Dancers

Tyca Jubilee Jamboree

Performed in Somerset Square and in the Brewhouse Theatre, this Jubilee Jamboree was put together after a series of workshops with the young people, taken by professional artists where they learnt to make puppets and choreographed their flash mob!
The young people then got to watch shows Whispering Willows from Wassail Theatre and Musicians of Bremen from Bluebird's Theatre!
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Performances by:
● Lyngford Primary School
● Bishop Fox's School
● Southern Sinfonia
● Bluebirds Theatre
● Wassail Theatre

Workshops leading up to the Jubilee Jamboree Performance

As part of Tyca's Jubilee Jamboree, pupils took part in craft and dance workshops with Somerset Youth Theatre CiC, and the young people worked with artists from Go Create, Bluebirds Theatre, Tor Theatre and Southern Synphonia and learnt skills in Puppetry, Music, Theatre and Dance.

The days were full of energy, fun and excitement, culminating in the Jubilee Jamboree Celebration Day at The Brewhouse in Taunton.

It was a real joy seeing the students’ smiling faces, and enjoying the experience as young Artists themselves.

Jubilee Jamboree Dance Workshop 2022

Jubilee Jamboree Craft Workshop 2022

You can still join in with our fantastic FREE pre-recorded workshops from previous festivals!

If you have missed any of the Spoken Word Workshops or Visual Art Workshops and want to either catch up or just get involved - follow the links below where you will find them all!

Enjoyed the festival and/or workshops?

If, after viewing or taking part in these you feel that you would like to make a donation to help Arts Taunton, through the Tyca Festival, continue, please click the button below. There is no minimum amount and we will be grateful for whatever you can give. Thank you in advance.


Go Create
Somerset Film
Jackie Clementines Live arts
Heathfield Community School
mammoth sounds
Richard Huish College
Tacchi Morris Arts Centre
Taunton Academy
Museum of Somerset
Kings Hall School Taunton

Our thanks ...

In the face of our present adversity we are especially grateful to the Brownsword Charitable Foundation, Somerset West & Taunton Council, The Schroder Charity Trust, Trevor Smallwood, Philip Gibbs and our many other supporters for their ongoing and enthusiastic support for Tyca. Without them it would be impossible to enable the young people of Taunton to take part in what has now become a unique opportunity to express their creativity.  

Want to be part of Tyca?

There are lots of opportunities to join in - to do something creative as the full programme unfolds.  To find out more... contact ku.oc.notnuatstra%40olleh with the button below

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