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200 events, 20 venues, 10 days, 1 festival – IYAF festival returns to Kingston

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From the 8th to the 17th of July Kingston upon Thames will be home to young artists from the UK, across Europe and from around the world. This will be the 8th year of the International Youth Arts Festival and Creative Youth, organisers of the event, are “very proud to be organising and hosting an event that provides a platform to celebrate creativity, innovation, co-operation, understanding and appreciation.”

At a time when many questions are being asked both in the UK and overseas about identity and belonging, Creative Youth wish to celebrate the role that the arts and young people play in making a more rich, varied and cohesive world.

A programme of events can be downloaded on their website.

 

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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Award ceremony celebrates achievements of Kingston children with Special Educational Needs

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Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Kingston and Richmond have been given recognition for their accomplishments at an awards ceremony.

The awards run by Kingston and Richmond’s social enterprise Achieving for Children (AfC) took place at Clarendon School in Hampton on 20 January. The event is aimed at celebrating the achievements of local children and young people and their impact they have had in inspiring other children, young people and their families.

People from across the two boroughs were invited to nominate an individual or group of children and young people they felt had done something special under four different categories; ‘impact’, ‘inspiration’,‘personal achievement’ and ‘recognition’.

The AfC team received over 100 entries for judging. Nominations were judged by panels made up of a parent, professional and a young person. Twenty nominations were selected as outstanding by the panels.

Cllr Richard Hudson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children’s Social Care and Health at Kingston Council, said:

“Having an awards ceremony to recognise the hard work of these individuals is a fantastic idea and are a great way of helping those with special educational needs gain self-confidence. I am confident that they are hugely appreciated by those who receive an award.”

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