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“A child can always teach an adult three things:
to be happy for no reason
to always keep himself busy with something
to demand whatever he desires with all the strength within him”
Paolo Coelho

Last year, the United Nations celebrated its 25th anniversary with the Convention on the rights of children and adolescents. For at least a decade in Countries around the world, including developing countries, the idea is spreading that protecting children and adolescents can also be achieved by defending their right to art and culture, and there are many international organisations that aim to achieve this goal.

Considering the important role, from this perspective, that theatre can play, the Centro Servizi Culturali S. Chiara, a member of ASSITEJ Italy, launched the project “RIGHTS IN THE EYES”. To organise the event, the centre worked with: the Agency for Family, Childbirth and Youth Policies in the Province of Trento, the Family Forum, “Trento, a city for education” Project, Tavolo Trento 0-18, and the ACCRI, Agevolando and “Officina per il sorriso” associations. The projects will kick-off In November 20, 2015 – International day of children’s rights – with the opening of an exhibition in the foyer of the Centro Servizi Culturali S. Chiara in the city of Trento, which will include a display of illustrations and photographs that represent the rights of under-aged children and theatrical experiences in different parts of the world. The exhibition, therefore, will serve as an opportunity for cultural exchange, becoming a container of shows, meetings and workshops until May 27, 2016, anniversary of the ratification of the Convention.

The schedule of shows will offer also opportunities for reflection and direct interaction on certain basic rights. The right to a family, to express one’s opinion, to be an active member of the community, but also (should there be the need) the right to ask for help. In other words, shows that suggest a view of children and adolescents as human beings that are growing into adults and citizens of the world.

Schedule of events in November and December:

FAMILY SHOWS – Children’s Theatre season at the Centro Servizi Culturali “Santa Chiara”:

November 21-22, 2015

TANTI AUGURI (HAPPY BIRTHDAY) – Compagnia Stilema /Uno Teatro


December 5-6, 2015

VOGLIO LA LUNA (I WANT THE MOON) – Teatro Pirata di Iesi


EDUCATIONAL SATURDAYS – Municipality of Trento:

November 14, 2015

District of Trento, Centro Storico – Trento

November 28, 2015

Districts of Povo, Argentario, Villazzano – Trento

Events open to the public, organised in collaboration with “Trento, a City for education”, with workshops for parents and children


November 20, 2015

International day of proclamation of the Rights of children and adolescents

– OPENING of the EXHIBITION “DIRITTI NGLI OCCHI” (RIGHTS IN THE EYES) organised by the Centro Servizi Culturali “Santa Chiara” in collaboration with ACCRI, OFFICINA DEL SORRISO, LA BARACCA – TESTONI RAGAZZI

– PROMOTION OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS COMMERCIALS CONTEST, event organised by Tavolo 0-18, the Municipality of Trento, and with the support of UNICEF TRENTO

FROM CHILDREN TO CHILDREN THROUGH THEATRE – Meeting for parents and educators conducted by Silvano Antonelli in collaboration with the Agency for the Family of the Autonomous Province of Trento and the Forum of Family Associations in Trentino

November 24-25, 2015

Workshop with a visit to the exhibition on the rights of children “ATTRAVERSO I DIRITTI” (THROUGH RIGHTS) for nursery and elementary schools conducted by Nicoletta Cardone Johnson – In collaboration with ACCRI

December 3, 2015

The RIGHT OF CHILDREN TO FULL CULTURAL CITIZENSHIP – Meeting for educators, teachers and parents with Roberto Frabetti, Actor, playwright and director of La Baracca – Testoni Ragazzi of Bologna .

December 4-5, 2015

RIVA DEL GARDA – FAMILY FESTIVAL – Provincial Agency for Families, Childbirth and Youth Policies


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