Taunton Youth Culture & Arts Festival 2023

Taunton Youth Culture & Arts Festival 2023

Welcome to

Tyca Festival!

Taunton Youth Culture & Arts Festival

Arts Taunton

About Tyca

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

Arts Council England

Tyca Festival 2023 - Show Reel

Here is a taste of some of the amazing performances that happened as part of the Tyca Live Festival Day in June 2023. We will be releasing more footage of the performances over the next few weeks.
AND if you want to hear some of the spoken word performers live on BBC Radio Somerset listen in to Charlie Taylor's early evening show on August 21st just after the news at 7pm!

One of Arts Taunton’s most impressive ongoing projects which we are very proud to support is, of course, Tyca. We have been incredibly impressed by the scope and reach of each annual event, embracing a diverse range of arts activities by, and for, young people themselves.

This year’s spoken word, music and performance events were quite ground-breaking I feel in terms of the opportunities afforded to so many young people to experience working with professional musicians, composers, artists and theatre makers and showcase their talents.

Arts Taunton’s ability to forge exciting partnerships, engage with hard to reach groups and innovate has really changed the cultural landscape of the district, empowering children and young people who would never have had the confidence or opportunity to perform in public and realise their creative potential. I warmly welcome Arts Taunton’s plans for a bigger and even more ambitious event in 2023 which will be a first for the area - performances devised and delivered by young people and based on place-making and the history of the area.

This is something we will be very keen to support and we would assure other potential funders that the impact this project is likely to achieve will be very significant.” 

Cllr Caroline Ellis

Tyca 2023

Taunton Youth Culture and Arts Festival celebrates the creativity of young people aged 5-25. It is an annual Festival organised by local charity, Arts Taunton, alongside a huge range of partners and supported by Arts Council England. 
This year's festival really topped pevious years with amazing contributions by young people for young people! Over the next week we will have photos and films of the various performance to share with you, so watch this space or sign up to our newsletter so you can be the first to hear! 
Arts Taunton and the Tyca team would like to extend a huge thank you to all the supporting partners for working with the young talent of this area in really showing what they can do... There would be no Tyca without you!

Festival Zones

The Brewhouse Stage

The Brewhouse stage is the theatre’s main house. All shows are free but seats are limited. You can book free tickets on the Brewhouse website beforehand or at the box office on the day. (whilst availability lasts).

The Dreamers Stage

Our outdoor festival stage showcasing an awesome array of young musicians.

The Wandering Circus

Called the wandering circus because it really does wander! A range of street theatre, circus, dance and parkour performances spilling out around Somerset Square with the aerial rig at its epicentre.

The Gallery

We offer a diverse variety of multifunctional programs which include the needed set of features and support services to help you deal with your issue.

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Workshops and activities

Dotted around our event site you will find a range of brilliant free workshops and masterclasses where you can learn new skills from professional artists. No need to book - just turn up!

See Previous Performances from 2020 - 2022

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 economy we are especially grateful to the Brownsword Charitable Foundation, Somerset Council, The Schroder Charity Trust, Trevor Smallwood, Philip Gibbs, Arts Council England 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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