TYCA Festival - Brought to you by Arts Taunton

TYCA Festival - Brought to you by Arts Taunton

TYCA festival - By young people, for young people

I have never witnessed or experienced such a vibrant, diverse and inspiringshowcase and celebration of children and young people’s creativity with such strong leadership from young people themselves.

Councillor Caroline Ellis

I am SO thrilled that at last an arts company listens to what the school needs and wants and is able to respond to that

Joanne ParrHead of Drama - Bishop Fox’s Secondary School

It was an incredible event celebrating the talent of local young artists that are soon to take the world by storm!

MadiCommissioned young artist

It was amazing. I enjoyed every meeting and moment. Felt safe within the group
and really enjoyed being a part of the festiva

RyanTYCA Youth Board member


Arts Taunton have delivered Taunton Youth Culture and Arts (TYCA) Festival since 2019

We provide opportunities for young people in the Taunton area (5-25) to engage with the arts from the point of first exploration right through to professional practice.

Our Youth Board of 15 amazing local young people oversees everything we do. We empower young people to create original work across a huge range of artforms, receive mentorship from professionals and present at festival events.
We always prioritise the process over the outcome - the journey matters more than the destination. We deliver workshops and 1-2-1 sessions in schools, colleges, PRUs, youth centres and outdoor public spaces. We work with the full spectrum of young people but concentrate our resources towards those who would otherwise have the least access to professionally-led arts.


Our festival events are free, accessible and inclusive.Since 2019 - 6,368 young people and 26,478 live audience members have participated in the Festival.
Arts Taunton's work is made possible due to public funding from Arts Council England, Taunton Town Council, Somerset Council and the generous donations of numerous individuals and charitable trusts.

Special thanks to the Brownsword Foundation without whom this project would not have been possible.

If you are in a position to do so please donate.

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. 

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