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🌍 Stockholm, SWE
🗓 30 September – 6 October 2019

Teater Tre celebrates their 40th anniversary with lots of old and new performances for children! Starting with “Tea with Tre”

The youngest audience in focus

Performing arts, research & international collaborations

For the third time, Teater Tre, with the Tea-time as a frame, would like to invite you to a talk about performing arts for the youngest and how research and meeting with artists from other countries can enrich and develop the work.

Teater Tre invites you to this tea-time to share experiences and thoughts with our invited guests as well as with you in the audience. The event is open to everyone!

Monday 30/9 at 5 PM Invited to Tea with Tre this time are: Sara Myrberg (artistic director of Teater Tre), Rebecca Brinch (researcher from the the Center for the Studies of Children’s Culture), Barbara Malecka and Pawel Galkowski (Teatr Animacji, Poznan Poland). Moderator: Ylva Lorentzon

The event is free, but the seats are limited so first come, first served and you need to register.  Registration is done at (write your name and how many tickets you need).
The talk will be held in English. More information about the event


🌍 Kristiansand, NOR
🗓 4 September 2019

In the frame of ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering, Small size Network presented a seminar on “How early years meet Art in different parts of the World”. Through some questions, three friends/colleagues from Assitej: Margot Wood – South Africa, Ieltxu Ortueta – Brazil/Spain, Hisashi Shimoyama – Japan, were invited to speak and present some little talks starting from the following questions: How small children meet art at home, with the family, with the crèche or kindergarten? Is Art part of early years (0-5 years) education? Are there possibilities to take part in art activities? Is there research on how small children enjoy art? Good practices to share?

Small size Network decided to hold its 2019 General Assembly in Kristiansand. Almost all of the members in town for the AAG attended the Assembly: a result that reveals the strong connection between the Network and ASSITEJ International.

Within the Ordinary Assembly, held on September 4th, the members elected the new Board of Directors:
– Katariina Metsalampi, President (Annantalo Arts Centre, Finland)
– Karel Van Ransbeeck, Vice President (Theater De Spiegel, Belgium)
– Josè Agüero, member (Compañia Teatro Al Vacio – Mexico / Argentina)
– Pawel Galkoswki, member (Centrum Sztuki Dziecka w Poznaniu, Poland)
– Pilar Lopez Lopez (Teatro Paraiso, Spain)
– Rhona Matheson (Starcatchers, Scotland – UK)
– Gina Westbrook (Take Art, UK)
– Anna Sacchetti (La Baracca ONLUS, Italy)


🌍 Balbriggan, IRL
🗓 17 – 18 August 2019

This past August a new festival aimed solely at an audience aged 0-6 was launched in Balbriggan in North County Dublin. The festival is part of a new strategy for the town which will undergo a huge rejuvenation in the next five years. The town is known as the youngest and fastest growing in the region and the local council wanted to celebrate its youngest citizens.

Grasshoppers starts from an idea of Cliodhna Noonan – “the combination of an opportunity for a new early years arts festival and a chance to invite independent artists I have met from all over the world through the Small size Network was just fantastic”.

Local families had the chance to see new performances and workshops from Lithuania (Dalia Mikoliunaite and Raminta Sniaukstaite), Romania (Voicu Hetel and Lena Clera Coada from Teatrul al Podul Meu), Belgium (Joeri Wens) and Croatia (Puna Kuca Theater) which was a very special experience for this first time audience. In return, the local community explained the heritage of Balbriggan on a walking tour and the artists met local craftspeople and dignitaries.

In a community that is experiencing an explosion of diversity, Grasshoppers provided a moment of connection, a chance to celebrate parenthood and the positive creativity in the community.

The Festival aims to grow over the next 5 years in the region, to advocate for the arts in early childhood and to campaign for an arts space in the town. Grasshoppers is supported by Our Balbriggan and Fingal County Council.


🌎 Spanish Cultural Center of Santiago de Chile, CHL
🗓 10-13 July 2019

The Latin American Network of Scenic Creation for the Early Years (Red Latinoamericana de Creación escénica para los Primeros Años) was born in 2015, headed by four companies from Mexico, Argentina and Chile: Colectivo de Teatro en Espiral (Baja California, Mexico); A la Deriva Teatro (Guadalajara, Mexico); Teatro al Vacío (Mexico/Argentina) and Compañìa Aranwa (Chile). The network started with the aim of creating and disseminating collaborative or individual shows, workshops and research works that show the current panorama of the scenic creation for early childhood children. One of its main objectives is the dialogue and exchange of experiences and knowledge that allow artists to continue developing creative projects with sensitivity and responsibility; and that responds to the complex moment in the Latin American scene and the social urgency of attending to early childhood in our countries. Red is also a regional micronetwork active in the frame of Small size Network.

La Lupe Teatro and Verdever (Argentina), Coletivo Antonia (Brazil), Compañía Aranwa, Teatro de Ocasión, Amnia and Teatro Pichiche (Chile), Teatro al Vacío, A la Deriva Teatro and Colectivo Teatro en Espiral (Mexico), all companies that dedicate their artistic proposals to the early childhood, met to share experiences, reflections and propose actions for the exercise of children’s cultural rights in their early years. Three days of meeting full of respect, dialogue and reflection where companies met, talked about their artistic projects, their visions of aesthetics, audiences and children’s rights. As a guest, Soledad Acuña, director of the Master’s Degree in Creativity and Pedagogical Innovation of the Finis Terrae University, made a presentation on Imaginative Education.

This important action expands the NETWORK and is the beginning of a series of joint actions to continue growing and making visible the performing arts for early childhood and the exercise of the rights to art and culture of Latin American children. All the members of LA RED agreed to generate a second meeting in 2020 in Brasilia received by Coletivo Antonia.

“At this time and in our contexts, working with and for children in their first years of life is a political and resistance decision. It is to give children the space that corresponds to them as citizens. It is an act of respect and inclusion for children in their first years of life. It is to accompany and promote the bond and communication between children and adults” Latin American Network of Scenic Creation for the First Years

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