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 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!

An Evening with Sir Tim Rice



This Gala Evening to launch the 2019 Tyca Festival is an event not be missed. Sir Tim Rice will be interviewed live on stage by the BBC, and his most famous songs will be performed by young singers from across Somerset.
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Visual arts - our installation


Museum of Somerset - 01/11/2019 - 02/11/2019

A professional artist will be in residence  earlier in the autumn and will collaborate with young people to create responses to the theme of the festival, 'Breaking down barriers and building bridges'.
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Tyca Festival Opening Night



A showcase for young people! The evening will include drama and dance written and performed by the young people of Taunton. In the preceeding week they will have been working with a theatre company called Travelling Light to create a short play, and Tavaziva Dance to create a new piece of choreography. Sit back and be amazed!
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Arts and crafts drop-in workshop


Museum of Somerset - 02/11/2019

The Museum of Somerset is offering a free drop-in session for all children from 5 years upwards. There will be arts and crafts instructors on hand and you can get involved in clay work, printing and much more!
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World music, digital art & performance workshop



We are delighted to be partnering with The Brewhouse Theatre to bring young people some wonderful free workshops in varied performing arts. Try your hand at something new, or explore a passion that's already in you!
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Contemporary and classical music and dance concert


St James' Church - 02/11/2019

This afternoon’s concert brings together Taunton Children’s Orchestra, The Centre for Young Musicians and Somerset Youth Dance Company in an afternoon of classical and contemporary music and dance.
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