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Voices of a New World: 21st ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival 2024 (Cuba)

date: 24.05.2024-1.06.2024
place: Havana, Cuba
partner: ASSITEJ Cuba and ASSITEJ International

ASSITEJ Cuba and ASSITEJ International, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the National Council for the Performing Arts in Cuba invite you to the 21st ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival for Children & Young People (2024) in Cuba – the most important global moment in the field of theatre and performing arts for young audiences with participation from all around the world.

It is essential to think of the world and art as the communion of different voices full of nuance. The children and youth of the world are increasingly demanding more spaces for poetic expression, where they can make the art they practice a tool for real transformation. It is up to artists to hear the emerging voices and give them the space they need. Our Congress seeks to empower their points of view through performances, dialogues, panels, and interdisciplinary encounters.

YDN is planning a series of workshops, meetings and presentations. The calendar of the professional program is not announced yet.

contact persons: Azalea Lopez, Alfredo Zinola



date: 20.-25.11.2023
place: Novi Sad and Belgrade, Serbia
partner: ASSITEJ Serbia and ASSITEJ International

The ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2023 took place in two Serbian cities Novi Sad and Belgrade under the title “Turning point". YDN was collaborating with ASSITEJ Serbia and FAS festival with professional program contributions. Preparations were made by a YDN working group open for all members of YDN. Three professional applications were submitted. 

  1. Central program focus which was planned in the program of AAG was granted (not a part of the selection process of ASSITEJ Serbia) - YDN General Meeting. The 3 hours event was reserved for our members only (onsite and online) took place on the 23rd of November, and was moderated by YDN core members. 

  2. YDN collaboration with the local dance community (selected by ASSITEJ Serbia) took the form of 45 minutes "YDN Meets & Greets" session included in the Open Market Day on the 24th of November, moderated by YDN core members. 

  3. "Good morning ideas" - 3 warm up / wake up sessions open for everybody (45 minutes long), selected by ASSITEJ Serbia. The open call for propositions was announced to all the YDN members, with the suggestion to build each worm up in the pear to pear format by two different members, to create a possibility to meet and exchange. 3 propositions were submitted through the open call, and 3 accepted by YDN core group. Good morning ideas took place between 21st and 23rd of November.

The AAG Serbia 2024 was also an opportunity to meet, discuss and exchange with other ASSITEJ networks as well as ASSITEJ International board and community. 



date: 30.09-3.10.2023

place: Poznań / Poland

partner: Children's Art Center
Contemporary dance and choreography for children and young people are in a state of rapid development, both in Poland and around the world. At the Children’s Art Center, we observe this trend with great curiosity and appreciate the potential of these arts to create valuable encounters with young viewers and broaden reflection on performing arts for children. That is why we decided to dedicate the second edition of the Forum on performing arts for young audiences to this very topic.

During the first two days of the event we will present four Polish performances aimed at children and families (the performance program - scroll down for English). The following two days will be the discursive part (1-3.10), with the program including international panel discussions, performative lectures, workshop activities and working group meetings, one of those will be lead by Young Dance Network (the discursive part program). 

The cost of accreditation in the amount of EUR 45 (PLN 200) includes admission to 4 performances, stay in a hotel with breakfast for 3 nights and lunches. It is also possible to come for one or two days if you prefer. If you are interested in coming to Poznań, please fill in the form.

The event is addressed to people who feel connected with contemporary dance, choreography for young audiences, feel connected with contemporary theater and performing arts for young audiences, implement interdisciplinary projects in which dance and choreography play an important role, want to be involved in the development of the environment related to contemporary dance and choreography for children and young people, discover dance and choreography for themselves as an area of professional interest, are looking for inspiration for creative activities. It will be also an occasion for a presentation a meeting of the YDN.


YDN Meetings and Events at Stella Festival 2022

Sat 01 October 15-18
YDN Artistic encounter Teil 1

Sun 02 October 16-18
YDN Artistic encounter Teil 2

In the field of dance for young audiences, approaches to creation and aesthetics vary. In this diverse field, questions that are worked out together are helpful for future projects or can spark interest in discovering this target group for oneself. The goal of this format is to create a space where these questions can be shared and thus approach the topic of dance for young audiences one step closer.
Moderation: Alfredo Zinola (YDN)
With contributions by: Sanja Frühwald (YDN), Gabi dan Droste (YDN), Thalia Laric
(YDN), Lars Garpenfeldt (YDN), Giovanna Palmieri (YDN), Katharina Senk,
Andras Mescericz, Gat Goodovitch Pletzer, Elda Gallo


Sun 2 Oct. 18.30 – 19.30
Young Dance network Open Circle

Who couldn’t come before can join now, say hi, ask questions and meet the members of the Young Dance Network.


Sun 2 Oct. 19.30 – 21.00
YDN Get together

After some days of meeting this event is meant as a simple informal moment to get to know each other, to facilitate encounter and to drink a glass together.


Tue 03 Oct. 14:00 – 17:00
Workshop – Physical Dramaturgy

Workshop Leader: Gabi Dan Droste.


Tue 04 Oct. 14:00 – 17:00
Workshop – Get Out

Workshop Leader: Ceren Oran

Tue 04 Oct. YDN Assembly online
The YDN is opening up. This meeting is a first step to present the activities that has been already done and that will be done by the YDN.


 Click here for more information.

Young Dance Network is at Visioni Festival / Bologna

Thursday October 28 in the frame of the Visioni Festival 2021 at the Testoni Ragazzi theater in Bologna there will be a day of meetings and conversations between delegates, artists and presenters focused on dance for children organized by the Assitej Young Dance Network in collaboration with the Festival “Visions of the future, visions of theater 2021”, organized by La Baracca-Testoni Ragazzi of Bologna with the partnership of the Assitej Small Size Network.

This is the first organized exchange of experiences between dance and theatre professionals doing works for young audiences for the purpose of asking questions and stimulating a dialogue between different languages and expressions of dance for young audiences (DYA).


Click here to see the invitation and details.



Tokyo Assitej International World Congress 22-31 March.

26. March. 2021 15:30 (GMT) Round Table Young Dance Network

This Round Table is organised to present the new Young Dance Network’s new Website, as well as to talk about where we stand on the path of constructing the network at this moment. Gabi Dan Droste and Ceren Oran will lead the session, which will conclude with a Q&A session.


Format: Online via Zoom

Duration: 45 Minutes

Moderation: Ceren Oran & Gabi Dan Droste


Register here


30. March. 2021 08:00 (GMT) Coffee Session 

What do we know about Dance for Young Audiences and what is still a mystery? Why do we define our work as “Dance”, as opposed to “Theatre” or “Performance Art”? Is that distinction even important? Join Nicola Elliott and Alfredo Zinola for this Coffee Session as we thrash out these ideas from opposite ends of the globe. Through talking to artists from The Young Dance Network, and getting your input, we’ll be teasing out ideas on this topic and hearing different voices in preparation for a wider conference at the official launch of The Young Dance Network.


Format: Online via Zoom

Duration: 1,5 Hours

Moderation:  Nicola Elliot & Alfredo Zinola


Register here


30. March. 2021 14:00 (GMT) Round Table Dramaturgy in Dance for Young Audiences

Contemporary Dance Art for Young Audiences is at an early stage of development. In conversations about Dance productions, colleagues often demand a conversation about quality and express the need for an exchange on dramaturgy – but it does not seem clear what exactly should be talked about. Existing reflections and discussions are limited to just a few often repeated topics, such as the “abstract vs. narration” debate, or how Dance dramaturgy links to Theatre-based dramaturgy. Working in Dance for Young Audiences means grappling with seemingly unorganised and unprocessed questions about methodology, self-image, working methods, transferability of other discipline’s bodies of knowledge, and the specifics of Dance as an Art form (can Dance be made specifically for young audiences or is dance ageless?). We want to initiate a conversation about these topics. We start with sharing our questions and our different approaches: How do you work? Are there Dance or other traditions you refer to? What is your understanding of dramaturgy? Do you need a dramaturg to work with? Doing so will help us to get to know each other and to broaden our collective perspectives.


Format: Online via Zoom

Duration: 45 Minutes

Moderation: Gabi Dan Droste & Sanja Frühwald


Register here

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