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Call To Adventure

By Sue Giles, President of ASSITEJ International 

After the 21st ASSITEJ World Congress and Festival Voices of a New World in Havana, Cuba.

The achievement of ASSITEJ Cuba in making this festival and congress happen is a credit to a vital, energetic and dedicated National Centre. What a success! With 488 International delegates from 66 countries pouring into Havana, this congress was a real reflection of the region and of the global community. 75 professional exchange opportunities and 25 productions, the General Assembly of members, ceremonies and some pretty fantastic parties filled the event, including a glorious street parade to begin through Old Havana. Dance, music, drama for, with and by children and young people in Cuba is supported by the state, through education and classes and training throughout the free education system. There are 27 tertiary level performing arts schools and the level of skill is extraordinary.

The delegates coming from outside the region saw a different way of creating performance that was deeply grounded in community and young participants engaging in art from the beginning. For most it was an eye opener - considering the difficulties the country works with - and a reminder of what’s possible and what’s important. For some, coming from countries that suffer lack of funding or cultural structures, it was a reminder that if the arts is supported from the beginning for all, children have a place and a purpose that creates confidence and hope.

It was incredibly moving to witness the cooperation and willingness of our global community coming in numbers, in a spirit of adventure, to be together for this key moment in the ASSITEJ calendar. I was moved by the visible friendship and care that helped people through the tough moments, the willingness to share and assist, the kindness that was shown when things didn’t go as planned and despite some big problems, people found solutions. I loved the invisible work going on behind the program- the companies and artists going into schools and communities, performing for children where they are and bringing perspectives from all over the world into their classrooms.

This event was a success for many reasons that we know: seeing work from around the world, engaging in generous professional exchange; the conversations and networking, the parties and regional meetings. But for me it was the biggest success because we made it work together. We voted for and supported this Congress in this region in this country because it was exciting and it offered an inspiring adventure at a time when we all felt that the world was collapsing. ASSITEJ is an association that has theatre and performance as our super power. We know how to imagine. The deep knowledge we have of our audiences, the children and young people we work for, and with and alongside, allows us – if fact demands of us - to explore together, to take chances, to take risks and to make impossible things happen.

The Congress also marks a new beginning: the beginning of another three year term of ASSITEJ International, with a new Executive Committee elected and a working plan in place. This next three years in our association’s life will build on the spirit of the Voices of the New World and increase our connections, opportunities and visibility around the globe.

Thank you so much to everyone; in Cuba and elsewhere, including our hard working ASSITEJ Team, who joined together to create something memorable and significant; not just for the region, but for all of us. That wild dream in 2021 became real, in ways that we will never forget, and that spur us to continue to find adventure in whatever we do.

For those who couldn’t be there, recordings of some sessions, some shows and some events will be available to view online.

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News from ASSITEJ International
 
 
Meet the New ASSITEJ International Executive Committee

During the 21st ASSITEJ World Congress in Cuba, the General Assembly elected the Executive Committee which will represent ASSITEJ International for the next three years. 

ASSITEJ International EC 2024 - 2027: 

  • Sue Giles, President - ASSITEJ Australia
  • Louis Valente Sørensen, Secretary General - ASSITEJ Denmark
  • Paulo Merisio, Vice President - ASSITEJ Brazil/CBTIJ 
  • Selloane (Lalu) Mokuku, Vice President - ASSITEJ South Africa
  • Seok-hong Kim, Vice President - ASSITEJ Korea
  • Emilie Robert, Treasurer - ASSITEJ France
  • Bebê de Soares - Young Dance Network
  • Carole Karemera - ASSITEJ Rwanda
  • Gonzalo Moreno - ASSITEJ Spain
  • Jon Dafydd-Kidd - ASSITEJ UK
  • Julia Dina Heße - ASSITEJ Germany
  • Shoaib Iqbal - ASSITEJ Pakistan / ASSITEJ New Zealand
  • Stavros Stavrou - ASSITEJ Cyprus
  • Theis Irgens - ASSITEJ Norway
  • Yannick Boudeau - ASSITEJ Belgium

 

 
 
 
Opportunities
 
 
 
 
International Performances for the International Theatre Festival for Children and Youth JĖGA/COOL!
 

ASSITEJ Lithuania

For the eighth time, ASSITEJ Lithuania organizes the International Theatre Festival for children and youth JĖGA/COOL! The festival will be held in the Northern region of Lithuania in Panevėžys city on 13-18th May 2025. We invite performing arts companies to apply for participation in our festival.

🌎🌍🌏 Panevėžys, Lithuania

🗓 13 May - 18 May 2025

Deadline: 10 August 2024

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NITFest 2025
 

ASSITEJ Nepal

We are thrilled to announce the third edition of the Nepal International Theatre Festival (NITFest 2025)

NITFest 2025 is committed to offering a rich tapestry of theatrical performances, engaging panel discussions, enlightening workshops, and much more. This edition's theme, "Theatre for Social Transformation: Light of Indigenous Wisdom," promises to invite theatre performances and programs to inspire thought-provoking explorations of skills, knowledge, and wisdom of Indigenous culture from all around the world.

In previous NITFests, we had theatre workshops, cultural performances, poetry recitations, and panel discussions. This time, with the thought of making it something different and participatory, we have made an open call for programs. NITFest will be a platform to present artistic skills, abilities, and ideas.   

🌎🌍🌏 Kathmandu, Nepal

🗓 16 - 27 March 2025

Deadline: 30 June 2024

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Open Call: Directors in TYA – An International Exchange 2025
 

ASSITEJ Germany

Every two years, ASSITEJ Germany organizes this event for TYA artists from all over the world. The next edition of DIRECTORS IN TYA will take place from the 22nd to the 29th of June 2025, at FUNDUS THEATER in Hamburg.

Topic: Reassembling the world: Intergenerational and international alliances in TYA.

How can artistic practices connect audiences from around the world? What message would the children from your local community send to a group of adult artists? How can intergenerational and international alliances inspire our TYA practice?

 

🌎🌍🌏 Hamburg, Germany

🗓 22 - 29 June 2025

Deadline: 1 October 2024

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News from around the world
 
 
 
Join us for an Unforgettable Celebration at “Where to go?” by Latvia Puppet Theatre!
 

ASSITEJ Latvia 

 

Marking its 80th anniversary in October 2024, the Latvia Puppet Theatre – the sole professional puppet theatre in Latvia nestled in the heart of Riga – presents a vibrant programme of contemporary puppet theatre exploration. Experience masterclasses led by globally acclaimed artists, engage in an exhilarating two-day conference, witness captivating guest performances, and be the first to attend a premiere at home. We cordially invite you to immerse yourself in this extraordinary celebration in Riga, Latvia, from October 1st to 4th! 

The event programme is implemented with the financial support of the Latvia Puppet Theatre, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the State Culture Capital Foundation and the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme "Culture"!

🌎🌍🌏 Riga, Latvia

🗓 1 - 4 October 2024

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Climate Action from Australia
 

Sustainability Section

Slingsby Theatre in South Australia has created a Climate Action plan that addresses the company's international and national touring, as well as the way the company engages as an organisation in the issues of environmental sustainability, in every part of their work. This detailed plan uses a new work as a focus, including its touring model.

Australian Ecodesigner Tania Beer has created works with and for young people in collaboration with Polyglot Theatre in school communities where young people are experiencing separation from nature - nature deficit.

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Early bird information for SEGNI Festival: Autumn 2024
 

ASSITEJ Italy

Register to receive limited place Early Bird information on the SEGNI New Generations Festival. The 19th edition will take place in Mantova, Italy, this autumn with a specific professional exchange offer from 31st October to 4th November 2024.

The programme of the 19th Edition, includes the "PASTA MADRE Masterclass", international performances, ForesTEEN meetings, and networking events.

🌎🌍🌏 Mantova, Italy

🗓 31 October - 4 November 2024

Register here> 

 
FRATZ International: Encounters – Symposium – Festival for the very young
 

FRATZ Festival

The 7th edition is taking place in Berlin, Germany from October 11 – 17, 2024 presenting productions from South Africa, Sweden, India, Belgium, and Germany. This year we are cooperating with ThinkArts Kolkata to enter an exchange on Theater for early years.

🌎🌍🌏 Berlin, Germany

🗓 11 - 17 October 2024

 

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Manifesto Letter from Havana
 

CBTIJ/ASSITEJ Brasil

Prompted by the relevant Brazilian participation at the XXI World Congress, in Cuba, members of CBTIJ/ASSITEJ Brasil collectively wrote this Manifesto Letter aimed at the Brazilian authorities and our society in general. We believe it may be a thought-provoking piece for our international community, regarding such topics as representation, sustainability, and funding, especially considering it was conceived in the fertile ground of Havana. The text has been attached in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. In the picture, part of the Brazilian delegation at the closing ceremony of the XXI ASSITEJ World Congress, at the Teatro Nacional de Cuba, in Havana.  

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ASSITEJ Germany’s Board Member Stefan Fischer-Fels becomes ASSITEJ Honorary Member
 

ASSITEJ Germany

Stefan Fischer-Fels, also a member of the ASSITEJ Germany Board, is given the Honorary Membership of ASSITEJ International. The members voted to approve his membership at the 21st World Congress in Cuba. Fischer-Fels' many years of commitment to the Executive Committee and his dedication to fair global cooperation, particularly in South America, were highlighted. We congratulate him very much and celebrate this honor together!

 
13th China Children's Theatre Festival is Coming This Summer
 

ASSITEJ China

The 13th China Children’s Theatre Festival, themed Illuminate Young Hearts, Shape the Future, will be held in Beijing from July 12 to August 18, 2024. Across 38 days, the festival is divided into three major sections: online broadcasts of international children’s theatre, offline performances of domestic theatre shows for children, and various theatrical events. The festival will feature 33 theatre productions from 25 children’s theatre companies across 8 countries, with a total of 221 performances. Additionally, sub-venues will be set up in Jiaxing and Changzhou to benefit a wider audience of children and teenagers through a combination of online and offline events and showcases.

🌎🌍🌏 Beijing, China

🗓 12 July - 18 August 2024

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The Growth of the Early Years Sector in Ireland - An Independent Artist Account
 

Small Size Network

By Cliodhna Noonan

I have just returned from the ASSITEJ International World Congress and Festival in Cuba. My participation was supported by Culture Ireland. On my return, it struck me how much this community of artists and producers, researchers and journalists, has affected my life’s journey to date. Parallel to my own journey, I have witnessed huge developments in our national policies and strategies in Ireland relating to theatre and performing arts for young audiences in particular. 

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Stefan Fischer-Fels stands in front of the logo of ASSITEJ Germany
 
ForesTEEN Activities June 2024
 

ForesTEEN

Join the online ForesTEEN Meeting on June 20th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (CET).

The digital exchange space with youngsters from all over the EU to better engage teenagers and the next generations in your cultural activities.

Click here to register for the ZOOM call.

You do not need to be a ForesTEEN partner to participate, just come and join us! 

ForesTEEN is an informal network open to all, you can come alone or with teachers, parents, and students from your Cultural Ecosystem.

 
Manifesto: “Early Childhood Principles for a European Artistic Awakening”
 

ACTA

After a 3-year European training program on arts for young children that brought together social, health, culture, education and childcare professionals from France, Spain, the Netherlands and Scotland, a manifesto was written collectively to define the conditions for authentic artistic experiences for babies and young children.

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Article Section
 
Looking Back: AWC 2024 - Voices of A New World
 
 
 
A reflection by Keiu Virro
 
La Colmenita: Kindness First, Art Second
 

 

Who are the children from Cuba's most famous little beehive, La Colmenita? Let’s find out a bit more.

If you attended the opening ceremony (or even if you didn't), you are probably familiar with the name La Colmenita. The opening performance "La cucarachita Martina", in which children filled the stage with energy, songs, and dance for over an hour without any sign of fatigue, is one of La Colmenita's best-known works.

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