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

Tyca 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.

The first Tyca festival

The Tyca Festival will take place on 1st-3rd November 2019. There are lots of free workshops taking place in the fortnight before. We encourage you to get involved! Our full programme of events is on these pages and most of them are free. You can also see a listing of all workshops and events by clicking here

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 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!

Graffiti workshop

Get involved in outdoor graffiti with Aerosol Arts! Renowned Taunton street artists Aerosol Art are running a street art and graffiti workshop for enthusiastic young street artists and 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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Finding 'The Lost Words'

Queen's College - 24/10/2019

We have joined forces with Somerset Wildlife Trust to bring the beauty of the book The Lost Words to primary-aged children throughout Taunton, and inspire them to write about our natural world.
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Music workshop at Selworthy Special School

Children’s World, a charity based in Glastonbury, will be visiting Selworthy Special School for the day. Children's World deliver educational and interactive workshops for children with special needs. They will be leading a music workshop with all students who wish to be involved.
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Rap/spoken word workshop in Priorswood

This workshop will be delivered by Jack Clements (aka Jackie Clementines) exploring creating material, rhythm and delivery. Jackie is a festival stalwart, performing across the South West and beyond with...
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Stand up comedy workshop

CICIC - 29/10/2019

This workshop will be delivered by stand-up comedian Tony Cowards, fresh back from the Edinburgh Fringe. The workshop will explore subject matter, timing and delivery and participants will have a...
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Beatbox workshop in Priorswood

Beatbox is a rare skill, where we imitate the sounds of a drum machine with the voice. This full-day workshop will be delivered in a local community space with young people from Priorswood. Everyone who takes part will then be welcomed to join in and perform during the evening of Hip-Hop, Rap and Drum n Bass we are hosting at CICCIC on Saturday 2 November.
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