ASSITEJ South Africa is once again participating in the ASSITEJ International World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People’s “Take a Child to the Theatre Today” campaign in the month of March.
The ASSITEJ World Day of Theatre for Children takes place on 20 March and is an ASSITEJ campaign, promoted and celebrated through the message ‘Take a Child to the Theatre Today’. This focus enables National Centres, individual members, companies, arts organisations, academics, teachers, artists, practitioners and others interested in theatre for young audiences to connect with the idea of World Day and ‘make the case’ for children’s entitlement to theatre and the arts. The event is connected globally through the hashtag #takeachildtothetheatre.
The campaign places emphasis on ensuring that all children and young people have quality theatre made especially for them.
Jenny Sealey, artistic director of Graeae Theatre Company and former co-director of the 2012 London Paralympics says of this year’s campaign in her ASSITEJ World Theatre Day message:
“As 2016 marks the 10th year since the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People was adopted at the United Nations, it is a great opportunity to hold hands across the globe to continually fuel that passion and to work as a community to ensure we are able to make, create and share theatre that matters, by and for those who matter."
The ASSITEJ Theatre4Youth co-ordinators across South Africa have motivated artists nationwide to be involved in celebrating this occasion and to make the event as inclusive as possible.
In reflecting on theatre for young people in South Africa, director of ASSITEJ SA and President of ASSITEJ International Yvette Hardie says in her World Theatre Day message:
“When a group of South African township-based youth started to work on a play for very young children, they discovered that making the work required that they nurture, rediscover, or in some cases, discover for the very first time…the innocence, the tenderness, the vulnerability, and potential wholeness within themselves. This began a profound healing process for these young artists which deeply affected them and which has motivated them to continue exploring in the field…By nurturing ourselves into greater wholeness, we are able to enter into a more whole relationship with our audience. We are also able to offer parents and children, families, teachers, care-givers and their charges, opportunities to see the world through the eyes of the youngest amongst us.”
Ahead of the ASSITEJ International gathering and festival ‘Cradle of Creativity’ due to take place in Cape Town in 2017, the wide-spread South African participation in this year’s campaign sets the bar for a powerful national footprint on the international stage.
ASSITEJ SA in partnership with the Theatre Arts Admin collective will also host the 10th Obs Family Festival in Observatory from 14 - 21 March 2016. For tickets contact ASSITEJ SA Western Cape Administrator Faye Kibali-Kagwa at email@example.com.
For more information, visit www.assitej.org.za or contact Yusrah Bardien on firstname.lastname@example.org.