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



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

Delegate Packages


country economies i.e "high income"  are as per WORLD BANK data

For the range of delegate packages please click on the various options 'Cradle', 'Congress', 'Conference', 'Focus Day' and 'Festival' to review the available packages.

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Yin' iRespect by Musa Hlatshwayo - Photo by Val Adams

Yin' iRespect by Musa Hlatshwayo - Photo by Val Adams

The World Congress

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. 

The 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), hosts the the Conference “Cradle of Creativity: Examining intercultural exchange and diversity in theatre for young audiences”.  Read the full description here

The Theatre Festival

The theatre festival encompasses 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 gives 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.