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Foto by Nelson Álvarez. Audiences attending a performance from “Titirivida”, from Pinar del río, Cuba.
 

A DIALOGUE OF THEATRE AND POLITICS

 By Lalu Mokuku, EC Member of ASSITEJ International

“All theatre is necessarily political, because all the activities of man (sic) are political and theatre is one of them. Those who separate theatre from politics try to lead us into error – and that is a political attitude” - Augusto Boal (1931 - 2009)

September holds an extraordinary memory in the trajectory of children’s rights. More than 21 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children (UNGASSoC) was postponed due to the tragedy of 11 September 2001 (9/11), when more than 2700 people were killed and many children orphaned instantly.

I write this article from the backdrop of two significant and first in-person events post COVID-19 that South Africa hosted recently in Johannesburg in August. One was the Cradle of Creativity, an International Festival and Conference of Theatre For Young Audiences from 20 -27 August under the theme “The Stories That Move Us”. Venues included the iconic Market Theatre, the Windybrow Arts Centre and cultural hubs such as the National Children’s Theatre and Sibikwa. The other event was the XV BRICS Summit under the theme “BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Mutually Accelerated Growth, Sustainable Development and Inclusive Multilateralism”. This took place from 22-24 August in Sandton.

In their deliberations, leaders of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) noted with great concern, the ongoing conflicts in many parts of the world, and stressed their commitment to peaceful resolutions through dialogue. Amongst other things, they affirmed the promotion of the creative economy as a global public good as adopted at the World Conference on Culture and Sustainable Development – MONDIACULT22. Meanwhile, in theatres in the same city, more than 25 productions from South Africa, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Belgium, Germany, France, Denmark, Mexico/Argentina, Switzerland, and the Netherlands showcased at the festival. They were about, for, with and by children. During this time, I experienced the power of warm long hugs, where no words were needed as stories moved us.

Since these events, I have taken time to ponder their significance and I also followed up with some people about the stories that moved them, at the festival.

The President of ASSITEJ International Sue Giles shared that several stories that moved her were not hers to tell, but were shared with her as connections deepened across the week. “Some were hard to hear. Every show we saw from South Africa and other African nations, was a story within a story. The layers of experience, the knowledge of pain and the joy that make up the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) sector in South Africa lies in the heart of why it is such strong work.”

Jon Dafydd-Kidd (ASSITEJ UK) told me it was “an experience of balanced opposition” that left him wondering “why at home we are so afraid to have the important dialogues with children and young people about things that are directly impacting their life? And how has much of our art become generalised?”

He referenced an award winning production, The King of Broken Things, and said the festival had left him with three words “Context, Curiosity, Listen”.

For me, the festival reminded me of the words of Augusto Boal when he asserts that “perhaps the theatre is not revolutionary in itself; but have no doubt, it is a rehearsal of revolution!”

Consequently, I am not taking the deliberations of BRICS lightly, nor am I taking the stories that moved multitudes of audiences during the festival for granted.

Instead, I am reminded that the leadership of BRICS can take their responsibility for action around child rights and justice seriously, and that the story of 9/11 needs to be told multiple times until every child understands the impact of political and ideological conflicts on their lives and how through threatre we could choose to shape a world fit for everyone.

At the festival I met six-year-old Bokamoso Sekhibane and she told me she liked being at the festival. As an organisation that is committed to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, may all the events meant to enable Participation, Protection and Provision of Services for children be amplified every day, everywhere. This includes theatre, where we see children like Bokamoso being enabled to rehearse their desired futures, and in the process, we come closer to realising peace for all.

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News from ASSITEJ International
 
 
Welcome to Serbia! ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2023 TURNING POINT
 

Even though former Yugoslavia was among the founding countries of the ASSITEJ International in the 1960s, the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering has never before happened anywhere in our region. This year, ASSITEJ Serbia and ASSITEJ International are happy and proud to invite colleagues from all over the world with whom we share our passion and mission, to the first ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering which will take place in Belgrade and Novi Sad from 20-24 November 2023, under the title "Turning Point".

WHY TURNING POINT?

Looking at the place the whole world is in right now, and especially where the performing arts for children and youth are, we can be sure of one thing. We are now in a liminal space, a transitional, unlimited space that is part of the change from one state to another, a space of ignorance, confusion and uncertainty in which old truths have been abandoned and new ideas have not yet emerged. This transitional space often begins with a sense of loss, crisis, fear, meaninglessness, and the awareness that there is no going back. In the process, we give up the old meanings, and enter the marginal space in which new ones have not yet been created. 

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Open Call for the Small Size Programme at the AAG2023
 

Small Size

Small Size Network and ASSITEJ Serbia are inviting you to take part in the masterclass "Thinking About the Artistic Creation For Early Years" by Karel van Ransbeek as part of this year’s ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Serbia, 21 - 22 November.

🌎🌍🌏 Novi Sad, Serbia

🗓 21 - 22 November 2023 

Deadline: 10 October 2023

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Open Call - ASSITEJ World Congress 2024
 

The ASSITEJ World Congress "Voices of a New World" is calling for Productions/Performances, Professional Exchange Programme Sessions, and Conference Papers.

🌎🌍🌏 Havana, Cuba

🗓 24 May - 1 June 2024 

Deadline Professional Exchange Programme: 15 September 2023

Deadline Conference Papers: 13 October 2023

Deadline Productions: CLOSED

More info & application forms> 

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Call for Submissions of the ASSITEJ Magazine Online 2024
 

The ASSITEJ World Congress 2024 will be in Havana, Cuba, from 24 May - 1 June 2024, with the theme of Embodying Vision, which is the third theme in our overarching three-year dramaturgy of Regenerating.

The ASSITEJ Magazine continues to be online, you can view the previous versions from 2022 and 2023.

The magazine articles will be published in English and the original language of the author. We will create a magazine that communicates through images, film and text. Both visuals and text should address the theme, Regenerating: embodying vision. We aim to regularly update this online magazine with new articles from January 2024 until the opening of the Congress in May 2024.

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"How do you shift the Green Way?"
 

Join our new sharing section on ecologically sustainable creations and processes in ASSITEJ.

Based on the title of the three-year dramaturgy "Regenerating" of ASSITEJ International, we would like to explore and share how our members globally approach questions of ecological sustainability in their art and their ways of producing. What comes to your mind when you hear the words "sustainability and ecology," and how do you relate them to your creative work? We are looking for your thoughts, ideas and hands-on examples: Did you do a production on a related topic, or do you know of a good example of a more sustainable way to produce and work in performing arts? Please let us know!

ASSITEJ International as an organisation is being trained on how to reduce emissions and to create awareness of the need for sustainable transformation within our members and audiences. As part of the process, we would like to use this newsletter as a platform for good-practice examples, critical reflections on the topic and texts of positive ideas and visions within our international community.

If you would like to share with us in one of the next newsletters, please write to: marissa@assitej-international.org

 
 
 
Opportunities
 
 
 
 
Open Call: Multidisciplinary residency programme
 

Belgium's Libitum 2024

The programme based in Belgium offers a 3-week residency from 9-30 June 2024. It will bring together Belgian and international artists, from all disciplines, to work on research, writing and/or creation on a personal project.

Applicants must demonstrate a professional artistic practice and speak French. Applicants must also come from one of the countries of the Creative Europe programme (except Belgium).

🌎🌍🌏 Belgium

🗓 9 - 30 June 2024 

Deadline: 30 September 2023

More information>

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Call for Proposals: SIBMAS Conference Hong Kong
 

34th SIBMAS Conference 2024

The 34th Conference of the International Association of Libraries, Museums, Archives, and Documentation Centres of the Performing Arts (SIBMAS) will be held in Asia for the first time in 2024. Hosted by the Hong Kong chapter of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC(HK)) in collaboration with The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library, with the support of Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme, this conference coincides with the 70th anniversary of the founding of SIBMAS in 1954. It also serves as one of the commemorative events for the 30th anniversary of the founding of the IATC(HK).

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Open Call: Easter Theatre Festival
 

Easter Theatre Festival

Theme: Your Talent Matters; Create, Inspire, Enjoy Towards 2063

We are pleased to inform, that the Easter Theatre Festival 2024 welcomes performing arts companies and artists to present their productions in Theatre performing arts including theatre (drama, comedy, mime, movement, puppet/marionette, fingers theatre, visual, poetry, storytelling) and dance (traditional, contemporary, ballet, classic).

🌎🌍🌏 Blantyre, Malawi

🗓 22 - 24 March 2024 

Deadline: 30 September 2023

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News from around the world
 
 
 
 
Gulali Festival Indonesia
 

Papermoon Puppet Theatre

An International Festival of Performing Arts for Young Audiences in Indonesia is finally born!

Gulali Festival was initiated by Papermoon Puppet Theatre (a puppet theater group that works internationally since 2008), and Ayo Dongeng Indonesia (a community of storytellers from the whole Indonesia).

This festival was started as an online festival in 2021, and finally will be presented online and offline to meet more audiences in October 2023!

🌎🌍🌏 Yogyakarta, Indonesia

🗓 27 - 29 October 2023

🌎🌍🌏 Online

🗓 7, 14, 21 October 2023 

More information>

 
FETÉN 2024
 

ASSITEJ Spain

FETEN, the European Children's Performing Arts Fair of Gijón/Xixón, has established itself as the main meeting point for professionals in the children's performing arts sector in Spain. Its distinctive feature is that it also creates a civic event that makes the space a live laboratory of the preferences and trends of current and future audiences on the Spanish stage.

FETEN, the European Children's Performing Arts Fair, will celebrate its thirty-third edition in 2024 from Sunday, 25th February to Friday, 1st March 2024.

🌎🌍🌏 Gijón, Spain

🗓 25 February - 1 March 2024 

More information>

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SEGNI New Generations Festival
 

Segni d'Infanzia

Bookings are now open for the Early Bird Delegates Package for Segni New Generations Festival, taking place in Mantova from October 29th to November 5th.

Sign up by September 15th to take advantage of the discounted rate!

🌎🌍🌏 Mantova, Italy

🗓 29 October - 5 November 2023 

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31st International TheaterFest Belgium
 

Agora Theater

Agora Theater is proud to announce its 31st International TheaterFest from 23 - 28 October in East Belgium. This year, the multilingual festival will host the 'Babel or The Art of Listening in Theatre for Young Audiences' project, co-funded by the European Union and promoted by ASSITEJ International. 

We look forward to meeting you!

🌎🌍🌏 Sankt Vith, Belgium

🗓 23 - 28 October 2023

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Performing Green: climate, our most important story
 

ASSITEJ Sweden

Performing green

– a workshop on sustainable methods for directors and scenographers in the Nordic Baltic region.

What tools and strategies do we need to work sustainably with the esthetics and complexities of performing arts?

Participants from 8 different countries will jointly explore, create and develop sustainable methods from an artistic perspective.

🌎🌍🌏 Gävle, Sweden

🗓 27 - 29 January 2024 

More information>

 
 
A New Executive Committee for ASSITEJ Cyprus
 

 ASSITEJ Cyprus

At its General Assembly held on 6 September, ASSITEJ Cyprus elected its new Executive Committee for the period 2023-25, with fifteen candidates in the running for the Committee’s nine seats.

The elected members are:

President: Stavros Stavrou

Vice President: Eleni Anastasiou

Secretary: Kiki Argyrou

Treasurer: Vasilis Paphitis

Members:

Lena Kasiou, Savvina Georgiou, Maria Philippou, Sofia Ioannou, Sarah Patsalidou

Furthermore, the new Executive Committee unanimously elected Ms. Leda Koursoumba and Ms. Marina Maleni as honorary members. 

 
Participation in the Human Rights 75 Campaign
 

Child Rights Connect

Child Rights Connect has published a survey for children (0-17) to participate in informing the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' vision as part of the Human Rights 75 Campaign. 

We encourage you to share within your networks and participate in the survey.  

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ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2023 in Serbia
 
Towards AAG 2023: Turning Point
 
 
 
 
 
Scene Design and New Technologies in Performing Arts for Young Audiences
 

23 November 2023, Novi Sad

 

In partnership with the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad and the internationally awarded and renowned SCEN Center for Scene Design, one part of the TURNING POINT program is the all-day international conference "Scene Design and New Technologies in Performing Arts for Young Audiences".

The co-editors of the program are Nikola Zavišić, an award-winning director and light designer in the theater, who will hold a lecture dedicated to the guerilla approach in stage design and theater production, and Sanja Maljković, PhD assistant professor at the Department of Stage Design in Novi Sad.

In the program, we will have the opportunity to hear artists and experts from the Performing Arts Laboratory of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, as well as from the Green Art Incubator, a local organization that is among the pioneers in sustainability and green transformation in the cultural sector in our region.

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Children and Youth Rights to Culture: 10 Years Later
 

20 November 2023, Belgrade

 

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, based in Geneva, last considered the draft articles 13th and 31st of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which relate to the right to art, play, culture and leisure, exactly 10 years ago, in 2013, issuing a General Comment to the implementation of these articles of the convention.

In that light, ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2023 in Serbia “TURNING POINT” will be officially opened on World Children's Day, November 20th, with an all-day international professional and scientific conference " Children and Youth Rights to Culture: 10 Years Later” on the stage of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts University of Arts in Belgrade, which is one of the important partners of ASSITEJ Serbia in the realization of ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in our country.

The central part of the conference program will be held on Monday, November 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and the exact program and schedule will be announced soon.

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