Open Call: DIRECTORS IN TYA – An International Exchange

DIRECTORS IN TYA – An International Exchange

– Open Call

DIRECTORS IN TYA – An International Exchange, known globally also as the “International Directors’ Seminar”, takes place every other year. It addresses directors as independent artists in the field of TYA and it is open to all genres and forms of performing arts for young audiences.

DIRECTORS IN TYA – An International Exchange wishes to address directors who have recently given new impulses and set new standards.

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Automatisch generierte BeschreibungIn 2023 DIRECTORS IN TYA – An International Exchange will take place from June 18-25th 2023 at Hessisches Landestheater Marburg (HLTM) www.hltm.de.

In 2023 the idea of hope and the way we actively construct our approach to the world around us will be the starting point of our work. It is inspired by the motto the host theatre has chosen for their season 2022/2023:


We use hope as a strategy to give us the courage we need to encounter the present and the potential futures we see. We decide to hope. We construct an idea of hope as a possibility, as an experiment, as an acknowledgment of not-knowing. We use hope as a basis for optimism, as an impetus for a better future. We need hope to deal with disappointments, doubts and failures on the way. While we construct a world around us we see a multitude of possibilities. The process is also an attempt of creating order. We wish, design and calculate and – again – we hope for the things we dream of to be or become real.

Children are true enthusiasts when it comes to constructing and building things. They concentrate hard and they compete with others in their ambitions to build higher, better or differently. They also accept failure and the necessity for a new start. In TYA, our perspectives and the children’s perspective meet in art.

We invite directors to reflect on the way we construct different worlds on stage and how the idea of hope moves us and our audiences forward.

About 25 directors from all over the world will come to Marburg. We will welcome all participants to bring their ideas and experience. We will enter into an exchange on how hope inspires our TYA practice. We will work in small groups that provide enough space and time to work practically and from different perspectives. Theatre performances by the host theatre and other companies in Marburg as well as leisure activities will complete the week’s schedule. We are looking forward to an inspiring exchange!

If you wish to find out more about colleagues from your country who have already participated in this exchange or find out more about participants of the past, you will find a list of all participants here.

The working language of the seminar is English.

ASSITEJ Germany and HLTM will bear the costs for accommodation, catering, theatre tickets and leisure activities for all participants. In general, we will assume that travel costs will be paid either by the participants themselves or by their respective national centre of ASSITEJ. Nonetheless we are willing to give support as far as we are able to do.


Interested directors residing in Denmark apply by sending a short CV and a letter of motivation  (1 page, reflecting on the topic CONSTRUCTION HOPE). Please send it to Louis Valente from ASSITEJ Denmark: lv@assitej.dk

Deadline 15 September 2022

Project Producer & Co-ordinator: Job Opportunity in ASSITEJ

Project Producer & Co-ordinator: Job Opportunity in ASSITEJ

ASSITEJ International has been awarded a major grant from the European Union for our three-year project, Theatre & Performing Arts for Young Audiences: Building Collective Resilience. This grant recognises the importance of the performing arts in the lives of children & young people and the work ASSITEJ does in connecting and unifying practitioners all over the world.

In order to implement this project, ASSITEJ International is recruiting a Project Producer & Co-ordinator. Reporting to the Secretary General & Projects Director, the Project Producer & Co-ordinator is a key member of the ASSITEJ International team, working with fellow staff members and the Executive Committee to support, coordinate, communicate, and deliver the work packages that relate to this role, in collaboration and coordination with the whole team. This is a busy role, providing essential support to our growing Secretariat activities in addition to supporting the launch of innovative new projects and collaborations with artistic and cultural partners.

The role offers a stimulating mixture of planning, coordination and hands-on “doing”, and offers excellent opportunities for arts producing and non-profit programme management. It combines a mixture of people-facing engagement work, administrative planning and support, and creative communication approaches. The role requires someone sociable and compassionate, a practical problem-solver, able to engage with ASSITEJ International’s broad membership in a caring and inclusive manner. You must be organised, have excellent communication skills, and feel comfortable handling many projects, deadlines, and collaborators at a time.

The position is based in Copenhagen and the main working language will be English. The role is initially available on 60% FTE (full-time equivalent) basis on a fixed-term contract for 12 months with a probationary period of 3 months – and holds the possibility for extension of contract period and work hours. Flexible working (both time and geographic location) is possible and can be negotiated. Salary information available upon request. The employment may be made through ASSITEJ Denmark. Start of employment is August/September 2022.

Applications should be received no later than 11 July 2022.

Vil du med på festival i Holland?

Vil du med på festival i Holland?

ASSITEJ Danmark og De Stilte inviterer danske kunstnere, producenter og formidlere til BRIK festival i Breda Holland 7. – 11. juni.

Det er en spændende international festival med fokus på dans og non-verbale forestillinger. Vi tager sammen derned, ser forestillinger, møder internationale kolleger og udvider vores horisont.

  • Festivalen dækker hotel, måltider og billetter.
  • Togturen derned kordineres af ASSITEJ Danmark, men er for egen regning (pris ca. 1200 DKK).
  • Festival opkræver herudover en egenbetaling på 750 DKK. ASSITEJ Danmark dækker denne omkostning for projekt- og ustøttede kunstnere og teatre.

Deadline for at søge om deltagelse er 12. maj 2022

About the Festival

The biannual BRIK Festival (formerly known as the International Stiltefestival) is initiated by dance company de Stilte in 2011. It originated from the company’s desire to share the performances encountered on its international tours with their audience in Breda. Offering children and adults the opportunity to travel the world of non-verbal theatre in just five days, without having to leave Breda.

The festival books poetic performances for children aged zero to twelve, their parents, grandparents, teachers and guardians. Performances that stimulate children’s imagination and allow space for personal interpretation. Performances without words. Because de Stilte knows all too well that, to convey a story, a body can do just fine on its own.

Most of the performances are presented at the Chassé Theatre and the Stilte Theatre but the festival also shows (freely accessible) performances in open air: at the town square and in the park.

BRIK is curated by Mohamed Elghawy from Cairo, Egypt since 2017. This 6th edition hosts 11 international companies and 5 Dutch companies, like: Arcosm (France), de Stilte (The Netherlands), Het Houten Huis (The Netherlands), Anima Theatre (France), Bamboozle (UK), Helios Theater (Germany), La Baracca (Italy), La Migration (France), La Toupine (France). 





  • Role involves attending and reporting on the Bibu Biennial Performing Arts Festival for Children and Youth (the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2022) being held in Helsingborg, Sweden during 17th-22nd May 2022 (https://bibu.se/en). The event will include 25 Swedish and international productions (150 performances), 15 workshops, 60 seminars, and 20 networking/presentation opportunities. An estimated 1,200 Swedish and international industry professionals from 35 countries will attend on the ground in Sweden alongside 3,000 young people from local schools and families. In addition, a large virtual audience will join via the event’s online platform from all around the world (ASSITEJ International has National Centres in 64 countries, representation in a further 9 countries through our individual members, as well as 6 global networks working across borders).
  • The role will involve producing written journalistic documentation of the event for publication on the online event platform. Such industry events have traditionally been ephemeral by their nature, meaning that there are very limited enduring or reproducible resources that come out of the event to be shared with the wider sector. The aim of this position is to more sufficiently capture, document, and disseminate the world-class knowledge, expertise, and skills that are exhibited at this festival in order to contribute to increased impact on learning and innovation across the Theatre & Performing Arts for Young Audiences sector. The journalistic material produced should not only generate publicity for the event but, more importantly, serve as enduring resources that capture the conversations, workshops, and performances at the event. This is particularly important for those professionals unable to travel (for financial, logistical, personal, COVID, or other reasons). The journalistic outputs will have the effect of broadening the audience who is able to access these events, increasing the utility of event sessions, and extending their legacy. Some sample outputs produced by volunteers at previous ASSITEJ International events can be found here:
  • The role will involve both writing one’s own outputs but also managing, mentoring, and editing the written outputs produced by our team of student and other freelancers. Materials will be required to be released for immediate publication throughout the festival event, meaning long work hours are to be expected.
  • The working period will be from Monday 16th May until Monday 23rd May in Helsingborg, Sweden. Days 1 and 8 will be half days, whereas Days 2-7 (the festival days) will be full days.
  • Payment for this freelance role is set at 120 EUR per day however, due to the long working hours expected, payment will be 1.5 times this base rate. Therefore 180 EUR will be received per day for a total of 7 days = 1260 EUR.
  • A grant of 6,399 SEK will be provided in order to cover 9 nights hotel accommodation (organised already by ASSITEJ International), allowing the position holder to stay from Sunday night (the day before the first workday) until Tuesday morning (the day after the last workday).
  • Transportation and travel insurance expenses up to 200 EUR will be reimbursed. Note that the closest major airport is Copenhagen Airport and a return international train ticket from the airport to Helsingborg (approx. 1.5 hours each direction) costs 50 EUR.
  • Regrettably, we can only accept applicants who have the right to live and work in the European Union / Schengen Zone.
  • As a freelancer, you would be responsible for your own compliance with relevant tax declarations and payments, as will be indicated in your Independent Contractor Agreement.
  • You would report to the Knowledge & Network Director, Chris Blois-Brooke, and would be working in a team with another freelancer, a placement student from The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London, and potentially other international/local interns and volunteers who will together produce multimedia documentation of the event, as well as supporting our livestreaming activities.

To apply, please send your CV, a short (max. 400 words) covering letter, and at least three examples of your written work to chris@assitej-international.org at your earliest convenience before Friday 6th May 2022 at 12.00 Noon Copenhagen Time. Do of course let us know if there are any concerns or questions in the meantime.

Husk ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2022!

Husk ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2022!

Fra d. 17 – 22 maj finder ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2022 & Bibu Biennale sted lige ovre i Helsingborg.

Det er en teaterfestival for børn og unge med 11-1300 kolleger fra hele verden, et spændende fag- og forestillingsprogram og fantastiske muligheder for at udveksle, møde nye faglige impulser og skabe internationale venskaber.


Vi samler en dansk delegation og tager derover.  Hvis du vil med, så bestil et festivalpas på hjemmeside, og skriv til os for videre koordinering: lv@assitej.dk

OPEN CALL: Ungdoms-Residency


Er du 16-19 år og interesseret i scenekunst? Har du lyst til at møde andre Nordiske og Baltiske unge med de samme interesser?

Den internationale organisation ASSITEJ søger lige nu to unge, der er bosiddende i Danmark til et Nordisk-Baltisk ungdoms-residency.

Målet med projektet er at bringe unge mennesker fra de nordiske og baltiske lande sammen i et forløb med fokus kunstnerisk arbejde og diskussioner om scenekunst for børn og unge.

Der vil desuden også være fokus på bæredygtighed og inklusion.

Tid og sted: Forløbet vil foregå i forbindelse med scenekunstbiennalen Bibu i Helsingbog d. 17.-22. maj 2022.

Pris: alle omkostninger til rejse, overnatning og forplejning dækkes af ASSITEJ

Krav: du skal være mellem 16 og 19 år og kunne deltage alle dage d. 17.-22. maj

Ansøgning: Send en kort beskrivelse af dig selv, hvor du kommer fra, dine erfaringer med scenekunst og hvad der interesserer dig til info@assitej.dk.

Deadline: Ansøgningen skal sendes senest d. 11. April 2022

Nyt dansk initiativ skal sætte scenekunst for børn og unge på dagsorden i hele Europa

Nyt dansk initiativ skal sætte scenekunst for børn og unge på dagsorden i hele Europa

Danmarks stærke og internationalt anerkendte tradition for teater og dans for børn og unge skal nu stå i spidsen for at udvikle scenekunstbranchen i Europa, og styrke grundlaget for at stadig flere af kontinentets børn og unge får adgang til kultur i deres hverdag.

Med støtte fra Statens Kunstfond og EU skal ASSITEJ – International Association for Theatre for Children & Young People med sekretariat i Danmark fra 2022 realisere en lang række europæiske aktiviteter, og være samtalepartner for EU-kommissionen i politikudvikling og kulturpolitiske initiativer.

Generalsekretær i ASSITEJ International, Louis Valente Sørensen, siger:

”Vi er glade for at EU deler vores opfattelse af, at arbejdet med de store udfordringer vores samfund står overfor begynder med børnene. Tillid til hinanden og til fremtiden i en langstrakt pandemi, arbejdet for et bæredygtigt samfund og inklusion frem for udgrænsning af minoriteter begynder med de yngste borgere, og de fortællinger og kulturelle billeder, de benytter til at forme sig selv og andre med.”

“Jeg er også stolt over, at Danmark i form af Statens Kunstfond investerer i europæisk og global børnekultur til glæde for verden og ikke mindst Danmark. Projektet vil trække viden, netværk og internationale muligheder og synergier til Danmark, der hvis vi udnytter dem klogt, vil have blivende betydning nationalt”

Mangfoldighed, bæredygtighed og flere børn i teatret

Over de næste tre år vil ASSITEJ bl.a. sikre et bedre grundlag for at flere børn får adgang til scenekunst gennem en kombination af bedre europæisk statistik, viden om udviklingen af velfungerende formidlingsstrukturer og en styrket forståelse af værdien af børns møde med kunst.

Andre fokusområder er arbejdet med bæredygtighed, mangfoldighed og udvikling af de europæiske og globale mødesteder for scenekunstnere.

Læs mere om projektet


Periode: Netværket er foreløbigt finansieret i en treårig periode (jan 2022 – dec. 2024). Hovedparten af EU’s kulturnetværk opnår genfinansiering, når en ny projektperiode begynder.

Finansiering: EU’s kulturstøtteprogram, Creative Europe, bidrager med 670.000,- Euro. Statens Kunstfond med 500.000,- DKK. Projektets samlede budget er 836.000,- Euro.

ASSITEJ (Association Internationale du Théâtre pour l’Enfance et la Jeunesse) er et globalt netværk af teatre, kunstnere, forskere og organisationer med medlemmer i knap 100 lande www.assitej-international.org

Creative Europes kulturnetværkYderligere oplysninger om denne del af EU’s kulturstøtte.

Foto:  Matteo Chiura, Festival “Visioni di futuro, visioni di teatro”, Bologna.


When the world has been drawn together in the strangest of ways through the global pandemic; when shared hardship has highlighted the greatness and kindness that human beings are capable of; It is horrifying to contemplate war and its impact on all our lives, in any country and at any time. 

ASSITEJ International is a global association that stands by our values of inclusion, generosity and unity in our global efforts to create theatre and performance for, with and by children and young people; knowing that by advocating for their right to arts and culture means that they can be upheld by imagination, empathy and hope at the worst of times.

The Executive Committee of ASSITEJ