In the framework of the Creative Europe Program

Continuing the work of Small Size – Performing Arts for Early Years, Mapping is an artistic research project focused on creating a sensory-based relationship with very young children, from 0 to 6 years, through performing arts. In particular, it explores the idea of “children-spectators of today and not only of tomorrow”.

Children, especially the youngest ones, are “new subjects of the world”, they are still discovering it, as much as they are discovering themselves. They have not established specific classification criteria yet, but they perceive what is aesthetic at any level of representation.

By observing them, we can detect the signs, the aesthetic moments experienced by the children in contact with artistic proposals, when they are “extremely sensitive”, that means in harmony with what they perceive.

The very young children’s aesthetic moments reveal themselves through long silences, wide eyes, imperceptible sounds, sudden excitement, surprise, unexpected laughter, and stances that display the total involvement of their senses.

A process full of open questions to start to map the aesthetic dimension of very young children, trying to detect the tracks, the many aesthetic moments, that children reveal during the artistic relationship and the underlying reasons.

Not a Manifesto on the how-to of theatre, dance or music for early years, nor a Charter offering the ultimate set of rules to create the “perfect” show, either, but a Map that helps us to orient ourselves between the “significant elements of the sensitive relationship” between the young child and the artist (the Contact, the Proposal, the Reaction and the Balance), when we intersect them with the fundamentals of the performing arts (Sound, Word, Image and Movement).

The project is created within the framework of the Creative Europe program.

PLATFORM Shift+ is an international network, created to meet the new challenges of producing theatre for young people in the digital age.
Platform Shift+ consists of 11 partners from 9 countries: Ten long-established theatres with a special focus on young audiences and the Norwegian University of Agder, as an expert in cultural education and monitoring. Together we have identified the urgent need to engage fully with digital technology in order to understand the reality of our target audience. Today’s young people are digital natives who move naturally between real and virtual worlds. Theatre for them must respond to this new reality in order to sustain and grow existing audiences and build new audiences for the future. Only by doing this can we accurately portray their reality and inspire them with a belief in theatre as a unique live medium for modern times.
Platform Shift+ identifies the need for a major investment in the professionalization of theatre makers in digital technology and young people’s participation on an international level. It proposes an extensive program of interrelated activities consisting of more than 20 huge public international conferences, workshops and training opportunities, 40 (co-) productions based on newly developed plays/concepts, including transnational working processes and the touring of the artistic products. All professional artistic work is accompanied by young people’s projects under professional.
The project will create a platform to shift theatre for young Europeans today and secure theatre’s role in the Europe of tomorrow.

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ASSITEJ International (Association Internationale du Théâtre pour l’Enfance et la Jeunesse) proposes to unite theatres, organizations and individuals throughout the world dedicated to theatre for children and young people. The Association is dedicated to artistic, humanitarian, and educational efforts and no decision, action or statement of the Association shall be based on nationality, political conviction, cultural identity, ethnicity, or religion. Members of the Association are national centers, representative of theatre for children and young people in their own countries.
ASSITEJ Hungarian Center was established in 1971. The present structure, with Kolibri Theatre representing the Centre, has been existing since 2000. The core organization includes the president, János Novák (general manager of Kolibri Theater for Children and Youth) and five members in the executive committee (Katalin Andai – actress; József Kaposi – university teacher, director; István Sándor L. – critic; György Vidovszky – director; László Bagossy – director). Members of ASSITEJ Hungarian Centre include professional and amateur theatres and companies from all over Hungary.
One of the main activities of ASSITEJ Hungarian Centre is the organization of the Biennale of National and International Theatres for Children and Youth every second year.

Biennale of National and International Theatres for Children and Youth 2016

Biennale of National and International Theatres for Children and Youth 2014

Biennale of National and International Theatres for Children and Youth 2012



European societies today encounter severe frictions which are related to the growing diversification of their population: Right-wing parties gain strength in elections and succeed to highlight their topics in the political discourse.

It becomes evident that visions of solidarity and humanity can´t be taken for granted, but have to be (re)gained again and again, especially by the coming generation to shape the face of our common continent. In this spirit “EUfiction” intends to create a space where groups of young participants with diverse backgrounds work artistically on their mutual future.

Theatre for young audiences as a central agent of cultural education contributes to enable the coming generation to develop their own visions as future citizens. Yet the work with heterogeneous groups imposes very specific challenges to artistic practice, which is only emerging recently. “EUfiction” aims at delivering a pool of artistic methods for professionals to integrate the concept of diversity into the creative programmes, the staff and the audience likewise.

Five groups are working together between 2019-2022.

Theatre Kohlenpott (Herne) – La Baracca (Bologna)

Helios Theater (Hamm) – Kolibri Theatre (Budapest)

KJT (Dortmund) – La Transplanisphere (Paris)

Consol Theater (Gelsenkirchen) – 20 Stories High (Liverpool)

Junges Schauspielhaus (Bochum) – Theater Rotterdam (Rotterdam)