World Congress and Performing Arts Festival for Young People

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Country and Region DenmarkCapital Region
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Copenhagen, Capital Region, Denmark
Festival Contact Information

ASSITEJ World Congress
c/o ASSITEJ Denmark
Farvergade 10, 4th floor
1463 Copenhagen K
Phone: +45 35 34 45 09

Festival Description

The Performing Arts Festival is an exciting and vibrant public Festival that connects and engages with children and young people aged between eighteen months and twenty-six years, and their teachers and families. It will provide audiences with unique opportunities for immersing themselves in culturally relevant, lively and engaging theatre. The Festival will run for 10 days and comprise an exhilarating and thought provoking range of live theatre shows, dance, circus and puppetry and will engage with every primary and secondary school in South Australia.

The theme for 2008 is ‘Old Knowledge, New Word’. This theme provides a foundation for the Festival program as a whole. It is intended to provoke questions and consider new perspectives on our contemporary relationship to history, ancient myth or stories and ideas. The Festival program will have a special focus on contemporary and traditional indigenous performing arts. Indigenous strands will be woven through the entire program, with a commitment to strong cultural protocols at every Festival event, from workshops to performances and to creating opportunities to showcase the unique and resonant ceremonial aspects of Indigenous culture at special events. The Festival will deliver everything from innovative live theatre and dance, puppetry to ground-breaking circus for early childhood audiences and their families. You will enjoy clever literary adaptations and intimate solo shows to large-scale multimedia extravaganzas during the spectacular 10 day program.

Festival Dates May 20 - 29, 2011
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Festival Story:

ASSITEJ is an international network of member organisations and individuals active in the area of theatre for young people, creating links through national ASSITEJ Centres in approximately 75 countries.

ASSITEJ aims to facilitate the development of theatre for children and young people on the highest artistic level, and recognising that children make up a large part of the world’s population, and that children are the future of the world, the aims of the Association are: To work for children’s rights to artistic experiences especially designed and created for them.
—To work for the recognition and acknowledgement of theatre for children and young people.
—To work for improvement of the conditions of theatre for children and young people all over the world.
—To improve the common knowledge of theatre for children and young people at a worldwide scale, thus drawing the attention of international and national authorities to the importance of taking children and the work for children seriously.
—To give people working with theatre for children and young people possibilities of getting acquainted with the work of colleagues in other countries and cultures thus enabling them to enrich theatre for children and young people in their own country.
—To help form ASSITEJ centres in all countries. These national centres shall unite all theatre, organisations and people interested in theatre for children and young people.


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