Innovative, inspiring and spectacular: IYAF 2014 draws to a close this weekend

Szambalia take the stage. Photo: Tangle Photography

Szambalia take the stage. Photo: Tangle Photography

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They have entertained us with breathtaking feats of acrobatics, acting, dancing and musicianship for the past three weeks.

But the young performers behind the 2014 International Youth Arts Festival will take their final bow this weekend, as the curtain comes down for another year.

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Waterghosts. Photo: Tangle Photography

Throughout July, visitors to Kingston have been treated to innovative, inspiring and spectacular performances by young artists from across the world.

From Circus Suburbia's aerial ribbon dance in the Bentall Centre atrium, through to C-12's market stall dance routine and guitarist Tim Fulker's 27-hour busking marathon, organisers Creative Youth have hailed the sixth installment of the annual event as one of the best yet.

Last week's acts including two picks from this year's Brighton Fringe - The Common Land by Fine Mess Theatre and Waterghosts by Jamie Sturrock.

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K-Town perform in the Ancient Market Place. Photo: Tangle Photography

Elsewhere All Saints Church hosted Our Friends Records' multi-arts showcase Mosaic, featuring music, poetry and comedy performances, while the Kingston college students from the Nuclear Jam theatre company premiered their new show Shark Tank at the Stanley Picker Gallery.

But there is still plenty to see over the next three days.

On Saturday and Sunday, T24 Drama Society will give their final two performances of their film-noir adaptation of Stephen Berkoff's Metamorphosis at the Arthur Cotterrell Theatre.

Also at ACT on Saturday will be Maisie Whitehead's Strung Out, an aerial fusion of theatrical dance and circus acrobatics, about two young sisters who escape into their own imaginations as the building around them collapses.

At the Rose Theatre, Further Stages theatre company brings its post-apocalyptic re-imagining of Macbeth to the stage, before the National Youth Music Theatre closes proceedings at the High Street venue with the Ragged Child on Sunday.

  • For a full list of what's on at IYAF this weekend, click here.

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