Cradle of Creativity

International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People
and the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress



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The deadline for The Cradle of Creativity conference has been extended! We are offering an extended deadline to 3 October, due to some issues on the cloud server today, which was the original deadline, 15 Sep. Note, this applies to all Conference Papers, Posters, Symposia, Panel discussions, Workshops, Pecha Kucha, Screenings etc  For conference applications, click here

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The Cradle of Creativity (16-27 May) comprises a Festival, a Conference and a World Congress, all dedicated to theatre for young audiences. The multi-layered event is hosted by ASSITEJ South Africa, and will take place in Cape Town at multiple venues. In partnership with the National Arts Council of South Africa, this will be the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival in the 52 year history of ASSITEJ International and the very first on the African continent

The World Congress is the most important meeting of all members of ASSITEJ (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People), which takes place once every three years. It is the culmination of the working life of the association for that three-year period, reflecting on the last three years of activity and creating a vision collectively with its members for the future. 

Yin' iRespect by Musa Hlatshwayo - Photo by Val Adams

Yin' iRespect by Musa Hlatshwayo - Photo by Val Adams

The Cradle of Creativity : Conference

The International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network (ITYARN) in association with the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Drama for Life, based at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), has an open call for proposals for the Conference “Cradle of Creativity: Examining intercultural exchange and diversity in theatre for young audiences”.  Read the full description here

The Cradle of Creativity: Theatre Festival

The theatre festival will encompass a diverse and rich range of theatre productions from across the globe during the last few years, with a special focus on Africa as the “Cradle of Creativity”. It will give a snapshot of theatre for young audiences as it exists at this point in history, and as represented by performances from a wide variety of countries and continents. 

The Festival comprises several platforms, including the International, African and Collaborative Platforms. Submissions are now closed.

Submissions to the International Platform

(from all continents apart from Africa)

Submissions to the African Platform 

(from all five regions of the continent, including South Africa)

Submissions to the Collaborative Platform 

(from an African country in partnership with aNother country)