Annual events and arts developments

Kingston University Final Year Shows

Every year Kingston University undergraduate and postgraduate students get to showcase their work at shows held in Kingston and at various events around London.

For further information visit Kingston University's website

Ignition Dance Festival

3 to 7 June

The borough’s Arts Service has secured a second year of funding from Arts Council England to develop Ignition, a brand new dance platform to engage new audiences, develop collaborations between dance organisations and provide professional training and engagement opportunities for choreographers and the community.

This year’s festival will take place from 3 to 7 June, with two showcases at the Rose Theatre to promote the work of emerging choreographers and to celebrate and share the work of local dance organisations operating in the borough and the surrounding area. This year the borough will be working with three local schools to bring dance to the streets of Kingston on Saturday 6 June. Find out about Ignition Events in 2015.

Kingston Connections - Festival of Stories 2015

20 to 28 June

Now in its third year, Kingston Connections celebrates storytelling in all its forms from across the borough and around the world. From theatre to dance, spoken word to music, academia to experimental the Festival of Stories is and exploration of the varied, vibrant and exciting forms of storytelling that connects our cultures, countries and continents.

In 2013, our first year saw the theme, Our Story Begins, take hold with new and exciting ideas explored. Last year, Our Story Continues, saw existing relationships and connections bloom throughout the year and in 2015 we will delve into The untold Story with and exciting line-up of speakers, projects and performances.

A published programme will be available from the Rose Theatre in April Many events are free of charge, all tickets bookable through the Rose Theatre box office and website Organised by Creative Youth, Rose Theatre, Kingston University, Kingston Council Arts Office. Find out more about Kingston Connections. 

International Youth Arts Festival

3 to 19 July

The annual International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) lights up the Kingston in a blaze of brilliant colour, talent and activity - from all over the world. The festival represents performance of the highest calibre selected from Kingston, the UK and internationally.

With carnival processions, live theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts all represented, Kingston hosts thousands of young people who come to the borough to share, celebrate and develop their talent. Throughout the year, Creative Youth, organisers of the festival mentor young people to develop their skills as performers, event managers, producers and innovators ensuring they have the best possible opportunity to develop a wide range of employability skills.

Find out more about IYAF including how to get involved

Kingston Regatta and River Festival

11 to 12 July

Kingston's Regatta has been a fixture in Kingston's sporting calendar for over 150 years and brings together schools and clubs to compete in 300 rowing races. Many Olympians have graced the event at the beginning of their rowing careers, so it provides an opportunity to look out for future rowing superstars.

The Kingston River Festival runs alongside the Regatta and highlights Kingston's rich maritime heritage.

Find out more about Kingston Regatta and River Festival

Kingston Carnival

Kingston Carnival is an annual grand carnival procession, with dancing, live music, stalls and delicious food organised by Kingston Race Equalities Council and Global Arts Kingston.

To find out more about Kingston Carnival visit the carnival's Facebook page

Festival of the Voice

Festival of the Voice celebrates 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. To find out more about the festival visit Kingston Arts.