Arts Taunton is proud to bring you Tyca, an arts festival for the young people of Taunton.

It stands for Taunton Youth Culture and Arts.

2019 is the year we launch this new youth arts festival and we are including as many art forms as possible in this first year. In the coming years it will grow and grow! For 2019 we have everything from acrobatics to 3D art, graffiti to hip hop.

Festival Date

The Tyca Festival will take place on 1st-3rd November 2019 and there are also lots of free workshops taking place in the fortnight before. Get involved and look at our programme of free events, here and on the next pages.


Introducing our theme

Every year we will have a fresh theme and the theme of Tyca 2019 is BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS. This to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany in 1989.

We want to use this theme to break down barriers between different arts and communities and build connections with young people throughout Taunton.


Get involved

The Tyca Festival is open to all young people aged 5-25 from Taunton and the surrounding areas. We have a Tyca Taskforce, a group of young volunteers, who are helping us plan and promote the festival.

If you would like to get involved, please email hello@artstaunton.co.uk or fill in the contact form on this website


Partnerships throughout Taunton

We are working with lots of other arts organisations that already do great things around Taunton and together we will bring you Tyca in November.

Check out this page to see who we are working with and what they do!

Choreography workshop



Day choreographic workshop, where nationally-renowned London based choreographer Bawren Tavaziva will create a short work with A level dance students to be performed at the Tyca Festival opening event.
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Drama workshop



Drama workshop creating a Play in a Day as a curtain-raiser event. A workshop with nationally respected Bristol-based Travelling Light Theatre Company that will be performed on the Tyca Festival opening night
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Graffiti Workshop


- 24/10/2019 - 25/10/2019

Renowned Taunton Street Artists- Aerosol Art are running a street art/Graffiti workshop for enthusiastic young street artists/aspiring street artists. Following the workshop design session some of the artists will be able to experiment with their designs on a real wall!
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Poetry event following October workshops


TBC - 24/10/2019

We are taking for our inspiration Lost Words, a book of poetry written by Robert MacFarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris. It highlights the words from nature we are losing from the English language, and the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world.
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Music workshop



Music workshop with Children’s World
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Beatbox Workshop


St Peter's Church - 30/10/2019

Beatbox Workshop (imitating the sounds of a drum machine with the voice) This will be delivered in a local community space with young people in Priorswood, who will then be invited and transported from Priorswood to participate in the evening of Hip- Hop, rap and Drum n Bass with guest artists at CICCIC on Saturday 2 November.
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