7 Feb 2017
Registration for the event has opened and Early Bird Discounts apply to the first 100 delegates.
Cradle of Creativity: The 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young Audiences is a spectacular African festival with some of the most exciting international and local theatre for young audiences set to take to the stage in Cape Town this May. Cradle of Creativity, in partnership with the South African National Arts Council, takes place from 16 – 27 May, and is a once in a life-time opportunity to see brilliant theatre for young audiences at one event which includes a World Congress, Festival and Conference.
The event offers rich diversity and opportunities for local audiences and artists, and will take place across Cape Town at the Artscape, the Baxter and the Cape Town City Hall. Productions on offer include works for babies, toddlers, children, tweens and teens. In addition, “Magnet Theatre: Early Years Fringe” will offer three days of work dedicated solely to theatre for children aged 0-7. Cradle of Creativity will also take place at Cultural Hubs in Atlantis, Gugulethu, Langa and Philipi over the weekend of 20 and 21 May.
The conversation at Cradle of Creativity is made up of an intensive 2-day academic conference on 16-17 May, organised by the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network (ITYARN) in association with the University of Cape Town’s Drama Department and University of the Witwatersrand’s Drama for Life. This is followed by a series of focus days from 18–27 May, themed around aspects of theatre for youth such as Theatre and/as Education, Theatre for Social Change, Theatre for Healing, Theatre for the Early Years and Dance Theatre for Young Audiences.
The Congress of ASSITEJ International will be a 4-day meeting of ASSITEJ representatives from nearly 100 different countries. Under the leadership of President Yvette Hardie, the strategy for the next three years will be decided upon by the members of the 52 –year-old organisation
Expect a celebration of intercultural exchange at the Cradle of Creativity with works from around the world right here in the Mother City showcasing almost an entire alphabet of countries: Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Denmark to Z: Zambia and Zimbabwe with a whole lot in between including: Germany, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, and Spain
Here are just some of the productions to expect:
- Anziehsachen - Theaterhaus Ensemble - Germany
- Ekhaya - Magnet Theatre - South Africa
- Fingers and Toes, My Body Knows - Nicola Elliot - South Africa
- Gretel and Hansel - Le Carrousel, Compagnie De Théâtre - Canada
- Insta-Grammar - Drama for Life - South Africa
- Karoo Moose - Baxter Theatre Centre - South Africa
- Maimane! - Drama for Life - South Africa
- Mbuzeni - Koleka Putuma - South Africa
- My Culture, My Strength, My Identity - Chipawo Trust Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe
- No Fun ction alL anguage - The Chaeli Campaign - South Africa
- OBISIKI: It takes a lion's heart - ASSITEJ Nigeria and Young Playhouse/ Duesseldorf Playhouse - Nigeria, Germany
- Panali Panali - Dinaledi Expressions - Zambia
- Patrice Balbina's chance encounter with the end of the World - Teatro Elsinor, Dynamo Theatre, Presentation House Theatre, Australian Theatre For Young Audience, Teatro O Bando, Pilot Theatre, Boomerang - Italy, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany
- Patchwork - PillowFort Productions - South Africa
- Phefumla - Wunderkammer Produksjoner and Thando Doni - Norway, South Africa
- Sandscape - Magnet Theatre - Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa
- Sensescapes - Independent - Sweden, Serbia
- Sparrow - Teater Fot - Norge
- The Kids from Amandla Street - Seeds Of Water Pty Ltd - South Africa
- The Underground Library - Jon Keevy - South Africa
- Three Monks - China National Theatre For Children - China
- Us/Them - Bronks - Belgium
- Zick Zack Puff- Company Mafalda - Switzerland
More productions will be announced through the month of February and tickets for the Festival will be on sale through Computicket from March 2017.
For more information or to register visit www.assitej2017.org.za. Registration for the event has opened and Early Bird Discounts apply to the first 100 delegates. For information on schools bookings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASSITEJ (Fr) is the international association of theatre for children and young audiences, which was founded in Paris, France in 1965. It is currently under the leadership of its first African President, Yvette Hardie, director of ASSITEJ SA.
ASSITEJ South Africa is a registered NPO (066-875) established in 2007, which operates as a networking platform for people working with or interested in theatre for children and young people. It aims to promote and foster high quality theatre for children and young people, to raise standards within the industry, to increase access and awareness, to be an advocate for the right of every child to arts education in schools, and to build relationships within the sector locally, nationally, across the continent and globally.
Members (present in all provinces) include: actors, musicians, dancers, directors, choreographers, theatre educators, stage designers and dramatists, as well as theatre companies, organisations and institutions, critics and cultural journalists, cultural officers, amateur drama groups, organizers, societies and other networks.
ASSITEJ South Africa works to promote international awareness of South African theatre for children and young people, through networking, organising exchanges, touring performances, and by facilitating contacts. Members are given access to a global network of information about festivals, performances, courses and seminars all over the world, with the potential to participate in these activities.
ASSITEJ South Africa is generously supported by the National Lotteries Commission, the National Arts Council of South Africa, Rand Merchant Bank and the Department of Arts and Culture. Other funders, supporters and partners include the Wesgro, HCI Foundation, the Distell Foundation, the Kids of the Cape, the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Business and Arts South Africa, the Cape Tercentenary Foundation, Buz Publicity, Splitbeam Gearhouse, Theatre Arts Admin Collective, the National Arts Festival, The National School of the Arts and the Festival of Fame, Artscape, Baxter Theatre, CATHSSETA, Ruth & Anita Wise Trust, Lorenzo and Stella Chiappini Charitable Trust, Puppetry South Africa, The Arts and Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity, Institut Francaise, Alliance Francaise, Africalia, Pro Helvetia, SIDA, Goethe Institut, Tullow Oil, Copy Dog Productions, Mandela Bay Development Agency, Speeltheater Holland Studio, Bush Radio, FMR, and Cape Town Television. They have also been supported by the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity for their Theatre4Youth project.