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GENFest Youth Takeover Festival

ART31's annual Youth Takeover Festival, showcasing artwork and performances from 13-25 year olds in Kent.

GENFest is a free festival curated by and for 13-25 year olds, celebrating young people’s creativity and giving a platform to young creative voices in Kent.

The programme showcases up-and-coming local creatives and usually features a mix of live theatre, dance, music and stand-up comedy, plus short film screenings and an art exhibition.

There is also a whole host of free artist-led workshops as well as networking sessions where young creatives and professionals can connect.

There are many ways that you could get involved such as;

  • Showcasing your own performance at Gulbenkian Theatre
  • Performing on the Music Stage
  • Making and showcasing your film in our Cinema
  • Submitting Art to our Art Exhibit
  • Taking part in Artist Lead workshops, eg. Graffiti, Songwriting, Linocutting!

GENFest will be on Saturday 29th June, 2024! 

If you would like to get involved with our next festival, attend or bring a group of young people –  contact us on 

For more information please email

You can stay informed by signing up to our ART31 Mailing list: to do this log into your Gulbenkian Website Profile, go to ‘Interests’ and tick ‘yes’ for receiving emails for ‘Creative opportunities for young people from ART31 Kent’.

Funded by Arts Council England and Kent County Council.


'There was something always on! Very good festival vibes' GENFest Participant
'A creative space where young people can take part in fun, open workshops, meet people and enjoy themselves every step of the way.' GENFest Participant
'Please keep on doing this, it will encourage local artists to find their voices' GENFest Participant


ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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