World Theatre Day

Posted 14 March 2019

World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People

March 20th is ASSITEJ World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People and is celebrated worldwide through the campaign Take a Child to the Theatre.

The ASSITEJ campaign focuses on enabling 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.

This year’s messages are written by Yvette Hardie (South Africa), President of ASSITEJ, Joyee, 8 years old, and Jojo, 11 years old, attendants at the House of Muchness, in Brunswick, Australia.

ASSITEJ president Yvette Hardie says : “Children need to be offered to enjoy moments in commu­nities where they are reminded of what we share, and where they are able to appreciate the multiple realities of what it means to be human.”

Joyee says : “Without theatre, there would be no imagination. Everyone wouldn’t be able to be themselves. Without stories, everyone would be bored all the time. A bit gloomy – they wouldn’t really

feel very nice.”

Jojo says : “I love theatre where you have to use your imagination, your own imagination which is different from everyone else’s. Because the things in the show are hard to see or aren’t there, you have to imagine them. You make them up. And then you can see them really well.”

Read the full World Day Messages HERE

Sourced: ASSITEJ – International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People. JOYEE

Watch the 2019 promotional video created by ASSITEJ. South Korea HERE

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