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This year‘s festival is very different, as we, alongside other festival facilitators, take a giant leap of faith and move on line. We felt it more important than ever to celebrate the talent of the young people in our area and give them the showcase for their creativity that they have been missing during this very odd year.

Ironically, we had already chosen a theme for Tyca 2020 before the pandemic struck and it felt even more poignant when our world changed in early 2020 to announce that our theme was, 2020 – A Vision of the Future.
The theme covers performances and events that reflect on young people’s hopes and dreams: their visions. Important too was the ambition to give young people a creative voice and the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of entertainment, when life has been so restrictive.
There is a full weekend of events to enjoy, and in addition to this, keep an eye on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages @tycafestival and this website for other specially commissioned events.

Hourly Schedule

23rd October

19:00 -
Festival Welcome from Ian McNeice
We are very excited to have Ian join us for the Tyca Festival this year. Join us at 7pm for Ian's welcome to the festival and stay with us, as he'll be introducing the performances throughout the programme.
19:05 -
Dance Theatre
Two great performances from this highly creative dance company. Number 13 - unlucky for some, it certainly seems that way for this chap! Watch as he waits nervously for his date to answer the front door. A REAL FICTION (20 minutes long) is loaded with current affairs, childhood nostalgia and one-hit wonders. Be prepared for a hyperactive mix of dance, theatre, meme and pop.
19:45 -
Streetlinkz Outdoor Performance
Streetlinkz young performers in collaboration with Fuse Outdoor Arts, present an exciting evening of aerial work, juggling, hula hoop, glow and fire show.
20:30 -
Open Mic
TYCA, in collaboration with Richard Huish Popular Music Course, bring you a showcase of young talent. Everything from acoustic solos to bands, covering an array of styles from indie, folk, pop, rock and jazz. Please join us this evening to spot the future acclaimed artists of tomorrow.
21:30 -
Mammoth Sound System
Tonight we would like to introduce Mammoth Sound System. Mammoth Sound are a collective of DJs and sound engineers who are based in Taunton, but host events all across the South West. As well as nurturing, mentoring and showcasing local young talent, they also book some of the biggest and most exciting acts in the scene to perform in Taunton, including the Freestylers, Deekline, Ed Solo, Amen4Tekno, Mr Traumatik, Slipmatt, Hedex, Born on Road, Ray Keith, Nicky Blackmarket, Phibes, the Ragga Twins and many more.

24th October

14:00 -
Family Theatre Show - Ernie’s Journey
An enchanting tale of adventure, cabin fever and discovering happiness! A brand-new family theatre show exclusive to TYCA 2020! A young man from Taunton sets off in search of happiness. He sails the world on a pirate ship, makes unlikely friendships and discovers happiness to be more of a journey than a destination. Clementines Live Arts present this innovative performance combining, circus, puppetry, and storytelling with a beautiful live concert harp score.
15:00 -
Young Designs: Diary of an art, design and fashion student
Taking for inspiration an environmental theme, students from Bridgwater & Taunton College have created a fashion garment as a response linked to the theme of sustainability and architecture in the community. Working with a live brief and industry professionals, students will also reveal specially designed merchandise that they have made for the Festival and a video diary of ‘a day in the life of an art and design student’
16:00 -
Get ready for Halloween - A spooky make -up demonstration
The Media make up degree students on the unique Media make up course at Bridgwater & Taunton College, design and talk you through their own unique Halloween looks for you to copy. Feel free to tag us into Halloween designs after the session.
17:00 -
A Short Play – Message in a Bottle by Darren Riggs
Taunton School Saturday Enrichment programme draws in young people from all schools in Taunton to take part in a programme of enrichment activities held at Taunton School. The aim is to provide quality fun and inspiring opportunities for children who genuinely wish to develop their skills. The latest project is made specially for Tyca Festival using the theme of 2020: A Vision for the Future, they present a play with songs and dances - Message in A Bottle by Darren Riggs Nearly 30 million plastic bottles are thrown away in the UK. Unfortunately over half of them are not put into recycling and end up in landfill, the sea or on our beaches. So whose responsibility is this ? Can we as individuals really help find a solution? Travel to a beach in Somerset with our intrepid young actors and find out what we can all do to play our part.
19:00 -
The Magic of the Musicals
This concert style evening features talented young singers from Minehead based Fusion Young Performers and Taunton based Centre For Young Musicians. They will be performing solos and duets from musicals old and new including Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Wicked, Shrek, My Fair Lady and more. Accompanied by Keith Jones on the piano this is an evening not to be missed, full of stunning performances.
20:00 -
Young artist from across the region have come together. After months of workshops and callouts we have collated the very finest words from Somerset young people, responding to the festival theme: 2020 Vision for the Future. Listen now to the insightful, moving and powerful performances: all their original own work.

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Oct 23 - 24 2020


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Arts Taunton
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