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Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the mid-year bulletin for the Youth Arts and Theatre for Young Audiences sector.

Read on for TNA news, updates from Sue Giles, and a range of national and international opportunities. Please email Bethany if you have items for inclusion in the next ASSITEJ bulletin, or the general TNA E-News.

Bethany, Nicole, Simone and Jamie
Theatre Network Australia


[TNA is the National Centre for ASSITEJ.​ We support Sue Giles in her role as Australian Representative and Vice President of ASSITEJ, and work in collaboration with Sue and the wider sector on key advocacy priorities and activities].

16 Oct – ‘Converge’ – National Symposium on Theatre and Young People, Melbourne
Converge – Wed 16 Oct at Abbotsford Convent – will focus on the intersection between practice, research and technology. Program detail and registrations announced mid August, but start booking travel and accommodation now! We’re organising a group booking for a Melbourne Festival show that night and ArtPlay is offering a workshop with Jessica Wilson on 17 Oct that looks at adapting work for international contexts. 

6 Aug – Final call for research and presentations at ‘Converge’
Got an impact research project or exciting technology-based initiative that has increased engagement or broadened your practice? We’d love to hear about it! Email Bethany with a brief summary by Tue 6 Aug.

Member Booklet – Promotional Tool for International Delegations
Thanks to those who have submitted company information. Listings are still open to current TNA member companies making work with, by and for young people. Independent practitioners will be listed online. Contact us to be included.


Australian Participants Announced for Visioni Festival 2020 (Italy)
Following a national call out and assessment process we are pleased to announce the selected artists for the 2020 Visioni Festival delegation to Bologna, Italy are: Sally Chance (SA) and Kirsty Grierson (TAS) for the Open Window program, and Emily McKnight (NSW) for the Artists Meet Early Years program. TNA will work with the selected artists to share festival learnings and new knowledge with the wider sector.

31 Jul – Call for presentations for Congress 2020 (Japan)
The 20th ASSITEJ World Congress in Tokyo is now seeking proposals for workshops, presentations, practical demonstrations, seminars, and symposia to be conducted under the main theme: ‘All Our Futures: Children and Culture’. Proposals are open to performing arts practitioners, administrators and researchers. Deadline is Wed 31 Jul 2019. Read more here.

20 Aug – Creative State Consultation – Children and Young People on the agenda (VIC)
Please contribute to the 2020 – 2024 creative industries strategy (2020-2024) by making lots of submissions that prioritise children and young people. We need artists and companies to put forward ideas and outline opportunities. Public forums run until 20 Aug, submissions close 30 Aug. More info here.


2 Aug – La Boite – Young Artist Company auditions (QLD) 
​Applications for YAC (18 – 26 year olds) close next week. La Boite’s 2019 Young Artist Company will work with Matt Seery to stage a work at the Roundhouse Theatre. Applications close Fri 2 Aug. Auditions on 6 & 7 Aug. Apply here.  

12-13 Sep – Make Space: National Youth Arts Summit at Carclew (SA)
Carclew invites young artists, arts workers and creatives from all parts of Australia to come together for critical conversations and exchange on 12 & 13 Sep on Kaurna Country, North Adelaide. Day one (12 Sep) is for 30 yrs and under, Fri 13 Sep open to all. More info.

13 Sep – IPAY Showcase 2020 in Philadelphia: January 21-25, 2020 (USA)
Submissions for Off-IPAY 2020 have now opened – for Artists and Producers to present an official Independent Showcase Performance. | Delegate registration for IPAY 2020 opens on 13 Sep 2019. Watch this space.

5 Aug – Propel Youth Arts WA – Creative Coordinator of KickstART Festival (WA)
Propel is looking for an emerging WA artist and young leader to provide the creative spark and artistic direction for the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival. Applications close 5 Aug. More info.

Aug-Sep – NIDA MFA in Cultural Leadership – Information Sessions (National)
Those interested in undertaking NIDA’s Cultural Leadership course in 2020 are invited to an information session with Course Leader, Karilyn Brown, in Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Brisbane, Melbourne and Hobart in August and September. Register interest in attending here.

22 Sep – ArtPlay SIGNAL: EOIs for Artist Learning Lab (National)
ArtPlay Signal invites artists to submit an expression of interest to facilitate new artist learning experiences at their Melbourne studios. Submit by 30 Aug 2019 for sessions to take place between now and May 2020. Fees and guidelines here.

Artist Xchange development program – Spark Youth Theatre (NSW)
The Artist Xchange program provides free space for artists to develop independent projects in exchange for assisting Spark (as negotiated with the Artistic Director). Expressions of interest for 2019 bookings are now open. All creative disciplines and backgrounds welcome.

Jul-Sep – Carclew Opportunities: Creative Consultants and Project Grants (SA)
Carclew’s Creative Consultants deliver workshops in communities and with businesses. Open to 18 – 29 year olds from diverse backgrounds. Applications close Mon 29 Jul. | The next Project & Development Grants round for Individuals and Organisations closes Sun 1 Sep 2019.

20 Sep – Open Call for International Productions for the Naj, Naj, Naj Festival (Croatia)
Submit a professional children’s production for the 20th International Naj, Naj, Naj Festival, held in Zagreb, Croatia (26 Feb – 1 Mar 2020). The festival theme addresses bullying among children and help institutions working with children to fight and prevent peer violence. Production deadline is 20 Sep 2019. More info here.

*The acronym ASSITEJ comes from the original French:
Association Internationale de Theatre pour les Enfants et le Jeunesse


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