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 to 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 programme includes 64 productions from 85 countries, cultural hubs in Langa, Atlantis, Phillip and Vryground, youth development initiatives, an academic conference, and more, all working to promote long term the need for young people to have access to the arts.
The event offers rich diversity and opportunities for local audiences and artists, and will take place across Cape Town at Artscape, the Baxter and the Cape Town City Hall. Productions on offer at the Festival 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 from 24 – 26 May. Cradle of Creativity will also take place at Cultural Hubs in Atlantis, Gugulethu, Langa and Philippi over the weekend of 20 and 21 May.
The conversation at Cradle of Creativity is made up of an intensive two-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 four-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.
What is ASSITEJ?
ASSITEJ (Fr) is the international association of theatre for children and young audiences, founded in Paris in 1965. It’s currently under the leadership of its first African President, Yvette Hardie, director of ASSITEJ SA.
Members 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.
What: Cradle of Creativity: The 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young Audiences’
When: 16 – 27 May, 2017
Where: Artscape, Baxter, City Hall and other venues
|A Mano||El Patio Teatro / IkebanahArtesEscenicas||Spain|
|Animal Farm – An African Adaptation||Nobulali Productions||South Africa|
|CabanZA||Theater de Spiegel||Belgium, South Africa|
|Dear Mr Government, please may I have a meeting with you even though I’m six years old?||Three People, under Umthunzi Holdings||South Africa|
|Ekhaya||Magnet Theatre||South Africa|
|Fingers and Toes, My Body Knows||Nicola Elliott||South Africa|
|Full Moon||Khayal Association for Arts and Eductation||Lebanon|
|Gretel and Hansel||Le Carrousel, compagnie de théâtre||Canada|
|Insta-grammar||Drama for Life Theatre Company||South Africa|
|It’s Dark Outside||The Last Great Hunt||Australia|
|Karoo Moose||Baxter Theatre Centre||South Africa|
|Khokho’s Treasure||National Children’s Theatre||South Africa|
|Maimane!||Drama for Life Theatre Company||South Africa|
|Making Mandela||Hello Elephant||South Africa|
|Maloza – The Man Cub||ASSITEJ Zambia and La Baracca||Zambia, Italy|
|Mogatapele||MOWA Art Fields||South Africa|
|Moi, Monsieur, moi!||Compagnie de la Casquette||Senegal, Belgium, France|
|My Culture, My Strength, My Identity||Chipawo Trust||Zimbabwe|
|No Fun ctionalLanguage||The Chaeli Campaign||South Africa|
|Obisike: It takes a lion’s heart||ASSITEJ Nigeria and JungesSchauspiel||Nigeria, Germany|
|Our House||Ishyo Arts Centre||Rwanda, Germany|
|Patchwork||Pillow Fort Prodcutions||South Africa|
|PATRICE BALBINA’S CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH THE END OF THE WORLD||TeatroElsinor, DynamO Theatre, Presentation House Theatre, Australian. Theatre for Young Audience, Teatro O Bando, Pilot Theatre, Boomerang||Italy, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany|
|Pim& Theo||New International Encounter (NIE) and OdsherredTeater||UK / DK|
|Pockets of Knowledge||Art Breed||South Africa|
|Red Earth Revisited||Speeltheater Holland Studio||South Africa|
|Rite of Spring||Maas theatre and dance and Flatfoot||Netherlands and South Africa|
|Sandscape||Magnet Theatre||Cameroon, Kenya|
|Seedfolks||Children’s Theatre Company||USA|
|Simbad, o Navegante (Simbad, the Seafarer)||CircoMínimo||Brazil|
|Soro and th e Lucky Grain of Corn||compagnie la vie a pied||France, Reunion Island|
|Spirit Songs||Magnet Theatre Educational Trust &
The International Theatre and Literacy Project
|Tears by the River / FedelisKyalo||Krystal Puppeteers||Kenya|
|The Bookbinder||Trick of the Light Theatre||New Zealand|
|The Kids From Amandla Street||Seeds of Water Pty Ltd||South Africa|
|The Line||Gina Shmuckler||South Africa|
|The Underground Library||Jon Keevy||South Africa|
|Three Monks||China National Theatre for Children||China|
|Tiger Bay||Cape Town Opera and Wales MilleniumCenter||South Africa and Wales|
|What Goes UP…||FTH:K||South Africa|
|Yao Yao||BRUSH Theatre LLC||South Korea|
|ZapatobuscaSapato||La Maquina de Teatro||Mozambique, Mexico, Brazil|
|Zick Zack Puff||Company Mafalda||Switzerland|