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Regional Workshops

ASSITEJ International organises regional workshops which play a vital role in fostering collaboration, sharing knowledge, and building networks within specific regions. These workshops aim to give practitioners in the region access to high-level professional development and intra-regional networking.

Regional Focus

Each global region has unique characteristics, challenges, and artistic traditions, making the workshops regionally relevant and culturally diverse. Since the regional context is paramount, the workshops are organised closely with the respective ASSITEJ National Centres. The priority is ensuring the workshop is relevant, appropriate, and significant for the region in order to achieve maximum impact.

Collaboration and Exchange

The regional workshops provide a platform for theatre practitioners, artists, educators, researchers, and administrators to come together and exchange ideas, experiences, and best practices in the region. They encourage collaboration and networking among professionals working in the field of theatre and performing arts for young audiences, fostering international cooperation and cross-cultural dialogue.

Cultural Exchange

ASSITEJ International’s Regional Workshops emphasise the importance of cultural exchange. Participants from different countries in the region come together to share their diverse artistic practices, traditions, and aesthetics. This exchange of ideas and experiences contributes to the enrichment and development of theatre for young audiences regionally and is an opportunity to launch new collaborations.

Advocacy and Research

The workshops also serve as a platform for discussions on advocacy and research in the field of theatre and performing arts for children and young people. Through presentations, roundtable discussions, and working groups, participants explore current issues, challenges, and trends. They discuss strategies for promoting the importance of theatre for young audiences and advocating for funding and support.

Showcasing Productions

Regional workshops often include showcases of theatrical productions for young audiences. These performances allow participants to witness diverse artistic styles and productions from different countries and regions. It will enable them to experience the work of fellow practitioners and gain inspiration for their own artistic endeavours whilst sharing the experience with peers from the region.

Professional Development

The workshops offer opportunities for professional development through a range of activities, such as practical workshops, seminars, panel discussions, masterclasses, and performances. Renowned artists and experts in the field of theatre and performing arts for children and young people lead these sessions, sharing their knowledge, techniques, and insights with participants who work and experiment artistically together.

Lasting Impact

The workshops aim to create a lasting impact by encouraging participants to take the knowledge and experiences gained back to their own communities. For each workshop to leave as much behind as possible, they must be suitably aimed at artists who are likely to be in leadership positions and able to pass the skills on to others in the region. They act as catalysts for developing the TYA sector within each region.

Recent & Upcoming Regional Workshops (Since the COVID-19 Pandemic)

  • Uzbekistan

    Hosted by Uzbekistan State Theatre For Young Spectators

  • Havana, Cuba

    Hosted by: 21st ASSITEJ World Congress
    Voices Of The New World

  • São Paulo, Brazil

    Hosted by: Festival Internacional Paidéia de Teatro

  • Johannesburg, South Africa

    Hosted by: Cradle of Creativity

  • Amman, Jordan

    Hosted by: The National Center for Culture & Arts

  • Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Hosted by: Pesta Boneka International Biennale Puppet Festival

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