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YPAA News September 2016

ASSITEJ Australia news – Young People and the Performing Arts.

Round up of the National Youth Arts Summit (July 2016, Milson Island): reports have been written up – click here to read.

And the photo of all of us – view here.

The new Vic Youth Arts Network continues to meet. Contact Simon Clarke at for more information and next meeting dates.

ASSITEJ International opportunities:

Call for papers for the ITYARN Conference and ASSITEJ Focus Days at the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival for Children and Young People ‘Cradle of Creativity’ in Cape Town, South Africa, May 2017, has been extended to: OCTOBER 3RD, 2016. More Info.

And find out about the Next Generation network – connecting theatre practitioners in TYA across the world – which will have a programme at the Congress. More Info.

ASSITEJ GermanyInternational Directors’ Seminar for Children’s and Young People’s Theatre”. Oldenburg, Germany, June 12th-18th, 2017

Attention all directors: This is a fantastic opportunity for a director in TYA to attend this seminar in Germany. It’s a really wonderful experience and one made very manageable by the hospitality of the hosts.

The applicant needs to come from the ASSITEJ centre, not from individual applicants – so please express your interest to Sue Giles at A panel of past recipients will be gathered to choose the applicant for 2017. Deadline for expressions of interest October 7.

Once you contact me, I’ll send out the details of the seminar and the topic you‘ll need to address for the application.

 More about the seminar:
The International Directors’ Seminar invites directors of theatre for young audiences from all over the world to share their ideas. In the past 40 years ASSITEJ Germany has welcomed almost 500 directors at theaters in 13 German cities. A list of all participants and themes can be found here:

The International Directors’ Seminar in 2017 will take place in Oldenburg in co-operation with theater wrede+.

The seminar wishes to address directors of children’s and young people’s theatre who have recently given new impulses and set new standards. Up to 20 directors from all over the world will be invited to participate, as well as up to five directors from German speaking countries.

ASSITEJ Germany and the hosting theatre as the organizers of the International Directors’ Seminar 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 help in particular cases, as far as we are able to do.”

Every ASSITEJ Center is invited to nominate one director from their respective country to take part in this seminar.

If you want to read about last year’s Australian representative’s experience, Alex Desebrock has written a report. Read it here. 

Sue Giles, September, 2016

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