Tyca Festival Weekend Programme

Friday 23rd October - Saturday 24th October 2020

A very warm welcome to our Arts Taunton's youth festival, Tyca 2020!
This year‘s festival is very different, as we, alongside other festival facilitators, take a giant leap of faith and move on line. We felt it more important than ever to celebrate the talent of the young people in our area and give them the showcase for their creativity that they have been missing during this very odd year.
Ironically, we had already chosen a theme for Tyca 2020 before the pandemic struck and it felt even more poignant when our world changed in early 2020 to announce that our theme was, 2020 – A Vision of the Future.
The theme covers performances and events that reflect on young people’s hopes and dreams: their visions. Important too was the ambition to give young people a creative voice and the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of entertainment, when life has been so restrictive.
There is a full weekend of events to enjoy, and in addition to this, keep an eye on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages @tycafestival and this website for other specially commissioned events.

Join us in watching the full performance ...

All our socially distanced Covid compliant performances have been prerecorded, which means that you can either watch the whole performance as an evening's worth of entertainment OR you can skip to the footage you would like to view. To make that easier for you, we have added the times below. HAPPY VIEWING and please do let us know what you think by emailing us on ku.oc.notnuatstra%40olleh or completing the form below.
Day One of the Tyca Festival - Launched 7pm Friday 23rd October 2020
00:00:00 Introduction from Ian McNeice00:03:22 Number 13 (aKa)00:19:28 aKa Act 200:40:03 Streetlinkz performance00:54:29 Open Mic performance02:10:05 Mammoth Sounds performance03:20:44 "Tune in tomorrow!" End

Day Two of the Tyca Festival - Launched 5pm Saturday 24th October 2020
00:00:19 Ian introducing Ernies Journey00:01:14 Ernie's Journey 00:47:00 Fashion students 01:07:53 Horror makeup 02:25:49 Message in a Bottle 02:38:24 Magic of the Musicals03:18:10 Slamthology03:49:55 Ending and goodbye03:51:44 End

  • Illustration

    Friday 23rd October

    Starting at 7.00 PM

    00:00:00 Introduction from Ian McNeice

    Festival Welcome from Ian McNeice

    We are very excited to have Ian join us for the Tyca Festival this year. 
    Join us at 7pm for Ian's welcome to the festival and stay with us, as he'll be introducing the performances throughout the programme.

  • Illustration

    Friday 23rd October


    00:03:22 Number 13 (aKa)00:19:28 aKa Act 2

    Dance Theatre

    Two great performances from this highly creative dance company.  Number 13 - unlucky for some, it certainly seems that way for this chap! Watch as he waits nervously for his date to answer the front door. 
    A REAL FICTION (20 minutes long) is loaded with current affairs, childhood nostalgia and one-hit wonders. Be prepared for a hyperactive mix of dance, theatre, meme and pop.

  • Illustration

    Friday 23rd October


    00:40:03 Streetlinkz performance

    Streetlinkz Outdoor Performance

    Streetlinkz young performers in collaboration with Fuse Outdoor Arts, present an exciting evening of aerial work, juggling, hula hoop, glow and fire show.

  • Illustration

    Friday 23rd October


    00:54:29 Open Mic performance

    Open Mic

    TYCA, in collaboration with Richard Huish Popular Music Course, bring you a showcase of young talent. Everything from acoustic solos to bands, covering an array of styles from indie, folk, pop, rock and jazz. Please join us this evening to spot the future acclaimed artists of tomorrow.   
    MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PERFORMERS >>

  • Illustration

    Friday 23rd October


    02:10:05 Mammoth Sounds Performance

    Mammoth Sound System

    Tonight we would like to introduce Mammoth Sound System. 
    Mammoth Sound are a collective of DJs and sound engineers who are based in Taunton, but host events all across the South West. As well as nurturing, mentoring and showcasing local young talent, they also book some of the biggest and most exciting acts in the scene to perform in Taunton, including the Freestylers, Deekline, Ed Solo, Amen4Tekno, Mr Traumatik, Slipmatt, Hedex, Born on Road, Ray Keith, Nicky Blackmarket, Phibes, the Ragga Twins and many more.
    We start your weekend rolling with this eclectic mix of sounds from these young performers. 

  • Illustration

    Saturday 24th October

    Starting 5.00 PM


    Family Theatre Show - Ernie’s Journey

    An enchanting tale of adventure, cabin fever and discovering happiness!
    A brand-new family theatre show exclusive to TYCA 2020! A young man from Taunton sets off in search of happiness. He sails the world on a pirate ship, makes unlikely friendships and discovers happiness to be more of a journey than a destination.

    Clementines Live Arts present this innovative performance combining, circus, puppetry, and storytelling with a beautiful live concert harp score. 

  • Illustration

    Saturday 24th October



    Young Designs: Diary of an art, design and fashion student

    Taking for inspiration an environmental theme, students from Bridgwater & Taunton College have created a fashion garment as a response linked to the theme of sustainability and architecture in the community.
    Working with a live brief and industry professionals, students will also reveal specially designed merchandise that they have made for the Festival and a video diary of ‘a day in the life of an art and design student’

  • Illustration

    Saturday 24th October



    Get ready for Halloween - A spooky make -up demonstration

    The Media make up degree students on the unique Media make up course at Bridgwater & Taunton College, design and talk you through their own unique Halloween looks for you to copy. Feel free to tag us into Halloween designs after the session.

  • Illustration

    Saturday 24th October



    A Short Play – Message in a Bottle by Darren Riggs

    Taunton School Saturday Enrichment programme draws in young people from all schools in Taunton to take part in a programme of enrichment activities held at Taunton School. The aim is to provide quality fun and inspiring opportunities for children who genuinely wish to develop their skills.
    The latest project is made specially for Tyca Festival using the theme of 2020: A Vision for the Future. They present a play with songs and dances - Message in A Bottle by Darren Riggs 
    Nearly 30 million plastic bottles are thrown away in the UK. Unfortunately over half of them are not put into recycling and end up in landfill, the sea or on our beaches. So whose responsibility is this ? Can we as individuals really help find a solution? Travel to a beach in Somerset with our intrepid young actors and find out what we can all do to play our part.

  • Illustration

    Saturday 24th October



    The Magic of the Musicals

    This concert style evening features talented young singers from Minehead based Fusion Young Performers and Taunton based Centre For Young Musicians. They will be performing solos from musicals old and new including Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Wicked, Shrek, My Fair Lady and more. Accompanied by Keith Jones on the piano this is an evening not to be missed, full of stunning performances.

  • Illustration

    Saturday 24th October



    SLAMTHOLOGY!

    Young artists from across the region have come together. After months of workshops and callouts we have collated the very finest words from Somerset young people, responding to the festival theme: 2020 Vision for the Future. Listen now to the insightful, moving and powerful performances: all their original own work.

View other specially commissioned performances

We have two amazing compositions to share as part of the Tyca Festival, please click below to view the final work created by JJ Hathaways Making Music for Film participants and Blue Weasel's Multi-Media's creation called "A Universe of Tiny Things'.

Making Music for Film Workshop: Future Visions 

Multi Media Workshop: A Universe of Tiny Things

TYCA presents: 

ONwords and UPwords

A Spoken Word Showcase

Illustration

Tyca Festival and Arts Taunton are delighted to present this online spoken word showcase in partnership with Clementines Live Arts and BBC Radio Somerset.
After two months of online workshops and a huge callout for talent, we present you the very best of Somerset’s young wordsmiths. 
We have put together a lineup where budding young pros share a stage with first-time-writers performing poetry, rap, and everything in between. 
All artists are under 25 and unsigned.
Hosted by Jackie Clementines

Our performers are:
● Maya Salway-Powell● Barnyard (Townie Sounds)● Molly-Jo● Ishka● George● Natasha Cross● Lawrence da 3● Sophia Harari

PLEASE NOTE. When you follow hyperlinks to another website, Arts Taunton and the Tyca Festival cannot control the content.

FREE Pre-recorded Workshops!

Take advantage of our pre-recorded workshops, where you can join in and view again any that you choose - for FREE.

Illustration


Visual Arts WorkshopsWith Go Create

Workshop 1 -–‘The Functional Mask’ design/make a mask for a specific purpose - to protect, to disguise, to amuse or to frighten… 
Explore and develop ideas through investigations, sketches, research into relevant artists’ work. Be inspired to collect images, refine ideas and plan a playful design for a welder’s mask, or a face-covering to reflect your personality!
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE FOR YOU TO ATTEND.

Illustration


Visual Arts WorkshopsWith Go Create

Workshop 2 - ‘The Cultural Mask’ – create artwork - painting, printing, sculpture or textiles inspired by cultural masks from around the world and artists work… 
+Study forms of masks and embellishments used around the world, learn about the symbolism behind masks in certain cultures and combine these with media experimentation and paint techniques to produce exciting artwork.
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE FOR YOU TO ATTEND.

Illustration


Spoken Word WorkshopsWith Jackie Clementines

Workshop 1 - What is spoken word? An introduction to the art form and your first steps towards creating original material.
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE FOR YOU TO ATTEND.

Illustration


Spoken Word WorkshopsWith Jackie Clementines

Workshop 2 - History whose story? This session will focus on your own unique voice and how you can use it to communicate your vision for the future.
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE FOR YOU TO ATTEND.

Illustration


Spoken Word Workshops With Jackie Clementines 

Workshop 3 - Let’s get down to business! In this session we will construct our own performance piece using material we generated in sessions 1 and 2.
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE FOR YOU TO ATTEND.

Illustration


Spoken Word WorkshopsWith Jackie Clementines

Workshop 4 - Polishing and performance. In our final session we get our work stage-ready to perform digitally and/or live!
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE FOR YOU TO ATTEND.

Illustration


Making Music for FilmWith JJ Hathaway

Workshop 1 - Melody Composition Tutorials.Learn how to write a short melody, think about timbre and colour and find that harmonic landscape...
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE FOR YOU TO ATTEND.

Illustration


Making Music for FilmWith JJ Hathaway

Workshop 2 - Harmony and Composition Workshop.Compose your own 4 Chords and put them in a sequence that feels natural and interesting!
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE FOR YOU TO ATTEND.

Illustration


Making Music for FilmWith JJ Hathaway

Workshop 3 - Film Composition and LogicIt is time to show you how to construct a composition for film using logic/DAWS
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE FOR YOU TO ATTEND.

Illustration


Making Music for FilmWith JJ Hathaway

Workshop 3 continued - Compose your own soundtrack!Using the information you have from the three workshops - can you compose some original music for this film?
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE FOR YOU TO ATTEND.

Workshops

Illustration

Multi-Media WorkshopsWith Blue Weasel


The finished project is now available to see here on the Tyca website for all to enjoy during the Tyca Festival week.

Illustration

Sounds of the Future Workshop

Saturday 31 October 3pm - 4pmFREE

Films are nothing without sound. Join us for this exploration of sound recording and the art of Foley as we bring to life a vision of the future.
A Foley artist is a person who re-creates sounds for film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality. They replace sounds that cannot properly be recorded on set. 
Want to take part in our livestream? Aged 13 and over? We have places for six young people to join us. You will need a smartphone, access to Zoom and permission from your parent.
Don’t have access to that equipment and software but want to take part? Just get in touch!

Illustration

Pop Art Words Workshop

20th, 21st & 22nd October

Aerosol Arts will be working with the pupils of Heathfield School as part of the Tyca Festival to deliver these fun and creative workshops, Instead of a huge installation, this year the students will be working up their designs on the screen, which we will share with you ...