Taunton Youth Culture & Arts Festival 2021

Taunton Youth Culture & Arts Festival 2021

Live Festival


These dates are provisional and the performances may change.

  • 21


    Spoken Word Cabaret

    Tyca has been working with young people across Somerset to bring you OnWords and UpWords, a spoken word cabaret event, hosted by performance and spoken word artist Jackie Clementines. Spoken word includes any kind of poetry recited aloud, including poetry readings, hip hop and rap, jazz poetry and monologues aiming to engage the audience with thought provoking and sometimes challenging concepts.This is a two- part event. 3-5pm will feature the young spoken word artists, aged 11-18 years and 7.30-9.30pm will feature spoken word artists, aged 18-25 years.

    The Tacchi Morris Arts Centre

    Afternoon 4:30-6pm (11-18 years)Evening 7:30 - 9:30pm (18-25 years)

  • 22


    Tyca Music Festival

    An eclectic evening of music featuring an array of up-and-coming young talent from around Taunton with special guests from Bristol. 
    The evening will showcase acoustic artists, bands and a special collaborative commission with contemporary composer JJ Hathaway and Southern Sinfonia.

    The Tacchi Morris


  • 23-29


    Tyca Art and Fashion Exhibition

    We are delighted this year to collaborate on a new event with Bridgwater and Taunton College.
    Bridgwater and Taunton College Level 3 Art and Design students proudly present our exhibition based on the Tyca 2021 theme of Empowerment. In collaboration with Tyca we have responded to the project theme and investigated both social challenges from around the world as well as investigating issues much closer to home. Throughout the project we have worked with a range of materials, techniques and processes in small teams to respond to the subject theme of empowering people to encourage change.

    The Brewhouse Theatre - Gallery

  • 29


    Local Young Filmmakers Showcase

    This year we are launching a new initiative- a short film festival. All films shown will be by young people on this year’s festival theme of Empowerment, followed by a Question and Answer session and feedback from a panel of judges from Somerset Film. There will be prizes awarded. Check out the Tyca website for details of how to enter: https://tycafestival.co.uk/short-film-competition

    The Brewhouse Theatre - Cinema


  • 29


    Tyca Dance Festival

    Continuing with the theme of Empowerment, Tyca presents a celebration of dance from a range of companies including two specially commissioned works by acclaimed choreographer Kay Crook of Chhaya Collective and Bristol’s Helen Wilson, Director of award winning Rise Youth Dance. Companies include Somerset Graduate Dancers, Bridgwater & Taunton College Dancers, LA Dancers plus special guests, Rise Youth Dance from Bristol and Artistry Youth Dance from London.

    The Brewhouse Theatre


  • 30


    Bluebird Theatre Pop up children’s event

    ‘The Town Musicians of Bremen’Outside the Brewhouse in the Popera HouseTyca present a family show ‘The Musicians of Bremen ‘which is The Bluebirds brand new musical show for family audiences. Based on the Grimm Brothers tale of four abandoned animals seeking a new life, the show celebrates the musical potential of everyone. The animals: donkey, dog, cat and chicken, all decide to go to Bremen to become musicians. After a scary experience with a bunch of wicked robbers, they abandon their quest and instead resolve to live as musicians together. It’s a joyful tale with some great dramatic characters brought to life with awesome puppets on the magical open-air stage of The Popera House.  

    The Brewhouse Theatre

    2:30-3:30pm (Brewhouse Courtyard)

  • 30


    Tyca Drama Festival

    This evening is a presentation of short works by the Brewhouse 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!
    The evening also includes new work by Richard Huish College Theatre Students, Taunton School Enrichment Programme performers and MADD Performing Arts.

    The Brewhouse Theatre

    7pm (Brewhouse)

Workshop Programme

  • 29th October


    Animation Workshop

    With Somerset Film

    Creature Features: Learn how to create a simple 2-dimensional puppet of a strange creature and bring it to life using stop-frame animation. A creative table top activity that combines craftiness, imagination and digital technology. Create great animation using iPads/tablets. No experience needed ages 10+

    The Brewhouse Theatre


  • 30th October


    Music making workshops with Bluebird Theatre


    Join The Bluebirds team for a workshop of music making. Become a 'Musician of Bremen' yourself! Bring something that makes a sound (it can be anything - a paper bag, a saucepan, your voice or an existing instrument). We will have a fun workshop session making sounds together and learning a song from the show. Suitable for all ages.

    The Brewhouse Theatre

    10:30 - 12:30pm

Additional Activities

  • 23rd - 30th october

    Visual Arts Competition with Go Create Exhibition 


  • Abstract Art workshops based on the work of nationally renowned Somerset Artist, Brian Rice

    In collaboration with the Museum of Somerset.

    Taunton Academy and Bishop Henderson Primary School

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