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On November 1st 2018 Wolfgang Schneider, Chair of ASSITEJ Germany, held a speech in the Emperor’s Hall of Frankfurt’s City Hall and claimed that it was about time that the German constitution was extended to include the rights of children. The applause he received for this powerful statement was exceeded only by the standing ovations of the 250 guests at the award ceremony for the German Children’s Theatre Award and the German Youth Theatre Award 2018 when the representative of the Federal Deparment of Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth surprised Wolfgang with the news that the President of the Federal Republic of Germany had honoured him with the Federal Cross of Merit.

Wolfgang Schneider was honoured for the way he promotes and works for – mostly on a voluntary basis – cultural education and diversity, for children’s rights and for support and acknowledgement of artists and the arts, for international exchange and cultural policy that respects the freedom of expression and the arts.

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