Arts Events

Kingston has a vibrant cultural life. You can find out about new and exciting projects on this page as well as annual events.

Ignition Dance Festival 2017

Now in its fourth year, Ignition Dance Festival returns in June 2017 as an expanded dance festival for the whole of west London, with professional choreographic and community dance showcases scheduled to take place at the Rose Theatre Kingston and the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. Ignition Dance Festival is supported by the Royal Borough of Kingston and Arts Council England and produced by DanceWest.

Choreographers' Platform 
Friday 16 June, 7.30pm, Rose Theatre

Following a nationwide search, new work by seven hugely talented choreographers will be performed for the first time at this unique showcase. This year features an unprecedented line-up of talent with Henri Oguike,Tim Casson, Dane Hurst, Holly Nobe, Eleanor Perry, Maria Yacoob and Urja Desai Thakore all creating short dances pieces especially for Ignition. The rich programme of dance will include Kathak, Neo-classical, Contemporary and Dance Theatre from some of the UK's best and most visionary choreographers. Tickets from the Rose Theatre box office.

Ignition Community Dance Showcase
Saturday 17 June, 1pm and 5pm, Rose Theatre

Professional MC Hakeem Onibudo will once again be presiding over Ignition's highly entertaining community dance showcase. Featuring the brightest and best local talent, this high octane event is sure to get everyone moving. Tickets from the Rose Theatre

Kingston RPM: Records People and Music

Did you go to gigs in Kingston in the swinging 60s? Catch David Bowie performing Ziggy Stardust at The Toby Jug in the 70s? Work at the Decca Records factory in New Malden? Any stories to tell about Kingston's Army days? If so, we'd love to talk to you! Creative Youth want to tell the story of Kingston's music heritage and how the likes of David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Cream performed here. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Royal Borough of Kingston and Arts Council England, we need you to help us tell the story of Kingston's musical history.

Kingston RPM will feature a 12-week exhibition at the Rose Theatre from June and will peak with a host of live gigs in July, as part of the International Youth Arts Festival and a record fair in the Autumn. To find out how you can get involved visit Creative Youth 

International Youth Arts Festival
7 to 16 July

The International Youth Arts Festival returns for its ninth amazing year. Showcasing the best music, theatre, dance, visual art, comedy, circus and spoken word from around the world IYAF is fast becoming a mainstay on the festival arts scene. With hundreds of events taking place during the festival, IYAF will bring all the colour, talent and imagination of today's young people to Kingston for an inspiring ten days. Tickets for all events from the Rose Theatre

Kingston Carnival
Sunday 3 September

Kingston Carnival is a family friendly event held each year in Kingston's town centre to bring communities together in a joyful and colourful celebration of food, music and culture. 

Festival of the Voice
Autumn 2017

Festival of the Voice returns in Autumn 2017 to celebrate Kingston's rich vocal talent with a varied programme of music and spoken word events ranging from classical choral offerings to intimate singer-songwriter celebrations and vocal workshops. More details from Kingston Arts

Thames Concerts Series
October 2017 to February 2018

Each year Thames Concerts brings world-class musicians to the Borough to perform in its seasonal concert series alongside opportunities for local youth orchestras and choirs to perform. Masterclasses, workshops, lunchtime and evening performances all take place at St Andrews Church in Surbiton. Further information from Thames Concerts