Project Leader: Pionirski dom – Center za kulturo mladih SI
Children’s Cultural Center Belgrade RS
Elckie Centrum Kultury PL
Opera Comica Pentru Copii RO
Maximum Grant Awarded: 200.000,00 €
The goal of the project “Young Theatre” is to address the trend of low and steadily decreasing popularity of theatre among European audiences, especially the young, by exploiting the audience building potential of improvisational theatre.
The project will accomplish this by developing an innovative Art Education/Audience Development program in the field of theatre and deliver it across five Culture Program countries to key target groups involved with introducing theatre to the young: (1) theatre professionals and (2) pedagogues (schools), in the process creating an international Young Theatre Network, dedicated to children’s improvisational theatre and young audience development in the field of theatre arts.
The project focuses on at-risk countries of Southern and Eastern Europe (Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Croatia, and Slovakia), where Eurobarometer research shows that audience interest in theatre is the lowest and steadily decreasing. Project partners include Pionirski dom – Youth Culture Center (Slovenia), Elk Theatre (Poland), The State Comic Opera for Children (Romania), Children’s Culture Center Belgrade (Serbia) and N.I. Theatre for Children and Youth (Macedonia). Project Associate Partners include KRILA Creative Laboratory for Contemporary Theatre (Croatia) and Thalia Theatre (Slovakia).
Five project partners and two Associate partners from 7 different European countries will produce results that include: (1) first group of Improvisational theatre instructors in target countries (20 persons), (2) training for 75 theatre professionals and 150 pedagogues in five target countries who will (3) directly engage in improvisational theatre production with approximately 1000 children, produce 125 improv formats, publicly present 25 of these improv formats to a combined audience of 5000 visitors at 5 Impro Days, and (4) presentation of the new audience developing tool to target audiences around Europe at 3 international theatre audience conferences.