Little Ladies Little Gentlemen - International Children's Theatre Festival (Kucuk Hanimlar Kucuk Beyler)

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Country and Region TurkeyAnkara Province
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Ankara, Ankara Province, Turkey
Festival Contact Information

Kucuk Hanimlar Kucuk Beyler - Uluslararası Kocuk Tiyatroları Festivali
Devlet Tiyatrolari Genel Müdürlügü
Dis Iliskiler ve Festivaller Birimi
06050 Ulus-Ankara, Turkey
Phone/fax: (90) 312-324-40-94 or (90) 312-324-56-34

Festival Description

The Festival was given as a gift to children by Atatürk, to provide and introduce the worldwide extension of Turkish Drama by way of children of the world and to serve intercultural development and improvement by following developments from abroad, The Director of the Turkish State Theaters has been arranging the festival in Ankara in April each year since 2005. The Festival has taken its name and concept from the utterances of the Great Leader Atatürk addressed to the children:

Little ladies, little gentlemen,
You are all the roses, the stars and the sparkling joys of our future,
the ones who will elevate the nation.
Always be aware of your value and significance!
And work hard…
We have great expectations from you

The Festival activities include puppet theater, shadow drama, black theater, dance theater, opera, ballet and street theater for the children in which many different techniques, and in addition, seminaries and conferences will be held. The Turkish State Theater seeks to raise the quality and level of the Festival, beginning with a detailed letter of invitation. As a result of the meticulous selection made by the Festival Committee, the countries and companies who have participated at the Festival include: Dance Company DeStilte (The Netherlands); The Enchantment Theatre & Hope Street Ltd. (Great Britian); Spielwerk Theatre (Germany); Zavod Exodos Ljubljana (Slovenia); Children’s Theatre Dubrava (Croatia); Hamburg Youth Theater (Germany); and Bambalina (Spain).

Festival Dates April 24 - May 1, 2013
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Festival Story:

The 23rd of April is a unique and a very special international celebration. The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dedicated this day to the children of the country to emphasize that they are the future of the new nation. It was on April 23rd, 1920, during the War of Independence, that the Grand National Assembly met in Ankara and laid down the foundations of a new, independent, secular and modern republic from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. He dedicated the day to the children and entrusted in the hands of the youth the protection of this sovereignty and independence.

Since 1979, the children of Turkey have shared this national holiday with the children of the world. Hundreds of children from different countries and cultures, hosted by families, meet in festivities to discuss, interact, learn about each other and share the joy of togetherness and the hope for peace. The importance of this day is also recognized by UNICEF. Some countries also celebrate this day.

Since its foundation in 1949, Turkish State Theatre pays special attention to plays for children and includes them in its repertoire, since children are not only our future, but also our future actors, actresses, directors, designers and audience… So they are the future of theatre.


Practical Info:

Applications 2013:
  • The festival will be held in Ankara from April 24 - May 1, 2013.
  • The application deadline date is December 1, 2012
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Application contact information:
  • Mailing address:
    • Devlet Tiyatrolari Genel Müdürlügü
      Dis Iliskiler ve Festivaller Birimi
      06050 Ulus-Ankara, Turkey
      Phone/fax: (90) 312-324-40-94, or (90) 312-324-56-34
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