Stratford Arts Trust

Our Stratford Circus

We work with 10,000 children and young people each year giving them access to creative activities which fosters confidence and joy. We’ve had to close our doors due to Covid-19 with a large loss of income and we need your help to continue to be a much-loved arts centre for east London.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 23 June 2020 to 6:00 PM, 3 July 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1145183)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities


United Kingdom

  • NewYVC is like a family to me, it’s where I feel a sense of belonging and safeness and that is all down to the staff there that has created a diverse team. NewYVC has helped me sing songs in different languages and appreciate the diverse community we are in.

    — NewYVC Youth Choir Participant

  • Young audiences at Stratford Circus are thriving due to the diligence, commitment and passion of the team at Stratford Circus. This is a venue with the community, and more importantly, young people at its heart. There are very few venues like this across the country.

    — Artistic Director, Theatre

  • My time with NewYVC was instrumental in building my skill set as facilitator and choir leader and I highly doubt I'd be working as a choir leader now if it wasn't for my beginnings in NewYVC. I've also performed as a professional actor at Stratford Circus and with the National Theatre.

    — Former NewYVC Youth Choir Participant

  • Being able to hop through departments and explore and gain an insight into what each department does as well as trying out some work from each department was a great experience and has helped me gain a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes of a theatre.

    — Work Experience student


Over 50% of children and young people in Newham live in poverty and can't afford to take part in regular stimulating, positive activities. This leads to boredom, susceptibility to anti-social behaviour & gaps in attainment. Additionally they don't have any access points to working in the creative industries which could be beneficial to their lives.


We will deliver a range of arts projects across Newham for children and young people that will encourage and inspire them to try new creative activities. We have a flagship youth choir that delivers sessions in schools and we broker projects from east London’s exceptional theatres and arts organisations so that young people regardless of means have access to the best culture available.