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La Barracca – Testoni Ragazzi Bologna, 24 February – 5 March 2017

Call for Artists Meet Early Years

Artists meet Early years offers to the artists the chance to meet early years right in the places where children belong to an educational community, crèches and kindergartens, in order to observe them, to become more familiar with them, collecting suggestions and images that  can be useful to the development of a personal artistic research on the youngest ones.


Thanks to Artists meet Early years, 6 young artists (under 35 years old) will have the opportunity to visit some educational services belonging to IES (institution for schools and education of the Municipality of Bologna) dedicated to children 0-3 or 3-6 years old for two consecutive days.


Two days in a row in the same school, where the artists selected will be free to present fragments of a performance, tell a story or lead a workshop, either in a kindergarten or in a crèche.

By meeting the children again in their educational environment the very next day, the artists can live a new kind of experience with them.

Coming back means to be able to understand the reality of the educational services visited in a better way, as well as to build up a direct relationship with children and educators.


Visioni is a festival of theatre and culture dedicated to early years. It is one of the Small size Festivals – the European Network for the Diffusion of Performing Arts for Early Years – where artists and performers from all around the world gather and share their experience.

The artists selected will have the chance to take part in the events of the festival (such as shows, conferences, workshops, meetings…), but also to exchange their experiences with other artists and to work with the target group of early year’s children. “Visioni di futuro, Visioni di teatro…” will take place at Testoni Ragazzi Theatre in Bologna (Italy) from February 25th to March 5th 2017.


Artists meet Early years will take place from February 27th to March 3rd 2017.

This call is open to 6 artists and to the last year participants, to whom we will offer accommodation and subsistence for 3 days and facilitations for the festival activities.


If you are interested in this offer, please send us the following information by October 30th :


  • Fill in the form you find together with the call, with the brief presentation of your proposal
  • A short CV, focused on your experience in Theatre for Young Audience (previous experience in theatre for early years is not important).
  • A cover letter, explaining your motivation towards this experience


The selection will be made by the evaluation of the call forms.


You will receive our answer by the first half of November 2016. In case you apply, we ask you to please keep your schedule clear between February 27th and March 3rd 2017.


You can send your application to


In 2016, Artists meet Early Years hosted:

3-6      Germany                     Katherina Winkler and Daniela Krabbe

0-3      Austria                        Sarah Gaderer and Laura-Lee Röckendorfer

0-3      Italy/Netherlands       Silvia Bennett

3-6      UK                               Maria Giergiel

0-3      Italy/Japan                  Saya Namikawa

0-3      Russia                         Tatyana Parshina and Ekaterina Kochneva

3-6      Mexico                        Adrián Hernández and José Agüero


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