TYCA Festival

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TYCA 2023 will be one of the most spectacular youth arts festival Taunton has ever seen. This colourful carnival of creativity will showcase the work of young people in music, theatre, dance, circus, poetry, visual arts, and more.

The very best up-and-coming local artists will perform alongside leading industry professionals as well as grassroots community groups performing for the very first time. All artists are 25 or under but this festival is truly for everyone.

Take Art Presents: Spring Forward Takeover

Time: 14:20 – 15:20

Spring Forward returns with a fourth dance platform as part of TYCA 2023. Following the success of their three platforms in March, they present their Spring Forward Takeover, bringing together local dancers to perform on a professional stage.

The Spring Forward Takeover will be showcasing an exciting mix of styles and choreography including jazz, contemporary, street dance and dance theatre, along with fantastic, fun and feel-good performances from local schools, local youth dance companies, and dance schools from Somerset. Find more about Take Art and Spring Forward here.

Guildhall Young Artists Taunton Presents:
GYAT Rising Stars!

Time: 16:00 – 16:30

As part of TYCA Festival 2023, Guildhall Young Artists Taunton students will present a series of solo performances accompanied by a professional pianist. Prepare to be amazed and blown away by the young talent in Taunton!

Guildhall Young Artists Taunton is part of Guildhall School’s network of centres, providing inspiring performing arts training for children and young people. They offer a range of classes and performance opportunities for all 5–18-year-olds in music and drama on Saturdays in term time and short courses during the summer holidays.

Spoken Word Showcase

Time: 17:10 – 17:55

Three brilliant young artists will share their words in this spellbinding showcase. Natasha and Maya will perform original spoken word poetry and Madison will present her vision for an upcoming theatre production.

Natasha Elizabeth:

My poetry is a mixed bag of self-discovery, womanhood, and the result of spending too much time in my thoughts. Poetry is a way for me to understand myself and the world around me in the hope that it will do the same for those who take the time to listen to my waffle!

With my creative roots and theatre company based in Bristol, I regularly return to this part of the world that is home. However, I now find myself studying Drama and Creative writing in London, discovering even more about my craft. You can find me nose deep in a book or eating hummus (usually both).

Maya Salway-Powell:

A spoken word act exploring topics such as love, friendship, sexuality, life and death.

Maya is a deep thinker and uses poetry to explore this. Writing, for her, is cathartic. It empowers her to process difficult emotions she’s faced with. Her poems are raw and honest, exploring topics such as love, sexuality, life, and death. She has always had a deep love for performing. As a result, her poetry is rooted in the spoken word form.

Madison Bouchta:

Madison is one of TYCA’s 2023 commissioned artists. She is writing and producing an original theatre production focusing on mental health and the challenges facing young people in the modern world. She will present her vision and share a short video about her process.

Southern Sinfonia Presents: Our Place
by J.J. Hathaway

Time: 19:15 – 19:45

In this “side by side” concert Southern Sinfonia will perform a brand new composition created for TYCA 2023 by award-winning young composer J.J. Hathaway.

This event will see the young musicians of Taunton partnered with members of Southern Sinfonia to perform this world premiere performance. Based in Somerset, Southern Sinfonia play a diverse and exciting repertoire and present world-class performances of the highest quality across the South of England, all year round.

Committed to musical excellence, they are one of the most distinctive chamber ensembles currently performing in the UK. You can find more about Southern Sinfonia here.

TYCA Festival 2023 is made possible by funding from Arts Taunton and Arts Council England.

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