ASSITEJ WORLD CONGRESS AND PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
The 2011 World Congress and Performing Arts Festival was held in Copenhagen/Malmo and was jointly hosted by Denmark and Sweden. Congratulations to these two countries on an excellent event.
Africa was extremely well represented at the Congress. Delegates
from Benin, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland,
Zambia, and Zimbabwe attended, and Mali, Togo and Angola all gave their
proxies to African delegates which meant that they too had a voice at
The International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network (ITYARN) Conference was the first event of the World Congress.
2nd Africa Research Conference in Applied Drama and Theatre: 12-14 November, Wits University, Johannesburg
This year Drama for Life (DFL) hosts its second Africa Research Conference in Applied Drama and Theatre. Introduced in 2008 to stimulate research in Drama and Theatre in Africa, the Conference will provide opportunities for theatre and health practitioners, academia, trainers and community workers to engage in compelling dialogue regarding their work. It also aims to inspire networking, and debriefing and will showcase new work in this field, within a supportive and focused environment.
This year's conference highlights the role of Drama and Theatre in HIV/Aids education, prevention and intervention, underpinned by the central theme, "Interrogating drama and theatre research and aesthetics within an interdisciplinary context of HIV/Aids." Dialogues concerning this theme will focus on research paradigms, the aesthetics of the art form, and interfacing with other disciplines. For more information see http://www.dramaforlife.co.za/ For further information please contact Inge.James@wits.ac.za or Munyaradzi.Chatikobo@wits.ac.za
WORLD ALLIANCE FOR ARTS EDUCATION REGIONAL SUMMIT: 15 November 2009, Wits University, Johannesburg
In order for IDEA, InSEA, ISME and WDA (the current members of the World Alliance for Arts Education or WAAE) to be well prepared for the 2nd UNESCO Arts in Education World Conference (Seoul, Korea 2010), the WAAE Presidential Council is facilitating regional discussions. A one-day summit will bring together policy makers and arts' educators from Africa in order to develop policy and political proposals relating to the 2006 UNESCO Road Map. Become a part of the research team by filling out a questionnaire on arts' education policies and practice in your country. Click here
Assitej SA delegates participate in Arterial Network meeting and World Summit of Arts and Culture:
The Arterial Network Conference (20-22 September) and the IFACAA World Summit on Arts and Culture (22-25 September) were two important meetings that were attended by ACYTA members. Their presence increased awareness of Assitej in Africa and was extremely beneficial to all, creating excellent networking opportunities with artists across disciplines and regions. We are looking forward to a rapid period of growth in the next six months coming out of these interactions. Read more about the Arterial Network meeting by clicking on ACYTA Secretary, Sam Kyagambidwa's report here. More information can be found on the Arterial Network website. See http://www.artsummit.org/blog/
For information on the World Summit on Arts and Culture, read Programme Director, Mike van Graan's blogs. See: http://www.artsummit.org/blog/
ACYTA meeting: Johannesburg, South Africa, 17-19 September 2009
Assitej South Africa hosted an ACYTA (African Children and Youth Theatre Arena) meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 17 -19 September 2009. The meeting was made possible due to the kind support of the French Institute and SANCTA. There were 15 delegates present, representing 10 countries, including Egypt, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Benin, Zimbabwe, Mali and South Africa. Niclas Malmcrona attended the meeting as a representative of the 2011 Assitej World Congress, and various guests, including Jennifer Kulik, (USA) and Khadija Lachguer El Bennaoui (Morocco) attended single sessions. Meetings with the French Institute, the Goethe Institut and Art Moves Africa (a mobility fund for African artists) all proved excellent opportunities for networking and the exploration of possibilities.
Yvette Hardie (South Africa) was elected to Chair of ACYTA, Hope Azeda (Rwanda) to Deputy Chair, Sandile Ndzimande (Swaziland) to Treasurer, Robert Chirima (Zimbabwe) to Communications Officer, and Sam Kyagambiddwa (Rwanda) to Secretary. Three further portfolios were created which include Artistic Exchanges - Etoundi Zeyang (Cameroon), Capacity Building - Janet Watts (South Africa), and Fundraising - Mohamed Kareem (Egypt).
Read a report by the Communications Officer, Robert Chirima or the complete Complete minutes of meeting here .
ARTerial Network Winter School: 1-10 June 2009
The first winter school to provide in-service training to build sustainable artists networks and advocacy groups in Africa, took place from 1-10 June 2009 in South Africa. Assitej SA was selected to be a part of this, and Yvette Hardie represented both this organisation and the broader ACYTA network. The European Union provided funding for this southern hemisphere winter school that will be offered over the next three years in order to help build and forge links between 25-30 national artists' networks on the continent.
Africa Consortium visits South Africa:
Africa Consortium brought a group of UK practitioners to South Africa during our "Infecting the City" and "Dance Umbrella" festivals, including some practitioners of youth theatre (Contact festival). Driven by Jan Ryan of UK Arts International, the purpose of the organisation is to foster sustainable performing arts collaborations between UK arts practitioners and African practitioners. Information about Africa Consortium activities is disseminated to ACYTA members on a regular basis, and there are a number of opportunities for touring, for collaborative work, for involvement in one another's projects, which arise out of this connection. See www.africaconsortium.co.uk for more information.
Executive Committee Meeting in Turin, Italy
The Executive Committee of ASSITEJ International met in Turin, Italy from 20-25 April 2009. At this meeting, reports were delivered on all Assitej regional networks, and Hope Azeda and Yvette Hardie reported on activities in Assitej's African chapters, based on information provided by ACYTA members. There were two forums with numerous participants from Assitej Italy and the broader international community of practitioners; One for Directors on "Directing for Young Audiences" and one for Actors on "Performing for Young Audiences" (for which Hope Azeda was a co-convenor). The meeting ran concurrently with the GIOCATEATRO TORINO festival, an international theatre festival for new generations, held at the Casa Teatro Ragazzi e Giovani. The committee was able to view a number of high quality productions, principally from Italy, representing a diversity of forms and styles. Puppet theatre, visual theatre, dance theatre, theatre for the very young, circus arts and music theatre were all represented.
FATEJ festival in Yaounde, Cameroon
Executive Committee Meeting in Cakovec, Croatia
The Executive Committee of ASSITEJ International met in Cakovec, Croatia from the 15th to the 18th of October. Present were: President Wolfgang Schneider, (Germany), Secretary General Ivica Simic (Croatia), Treasurer Yvette Hardie (South Africa), Vice Presidents: Maria Ines Falconi (Argentina), Young Ai Choi (South Korea) and Kim Peter Kovac (USA), the members of EC: Noel Jordan (Australia), Stephan Rabl (Austria), SĂ¸ren Ovesen (Denmark), Katariina Metsalampi (Finland), Razi Amitai (Israel), Marisa Gimenez Cacho (Mexico), Paul Harman (Great Britain), and Dora Jelacic Bužimski, the Secretary General's Executive Assistant. Hope Azeda (Rwanda) was unable to attend the meeting due to her obligations on tour in the UK.
The meeting in Cakovec and Zagreb was the first meeting after the Congress in Adelaide, and therefore of great importance. The working plan for the Secretariat and for the Executive Committee for the next three years was presented, discussed and adopted. The office of the Secretariat has been successfully relocated from Sweden to Croatia, and the account has been relocated from Denmark to United Kingdom where it will be maintained and kept by Yvette Hardie. Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia were adopted as the new ASSITEJ members, and now ASSITEJ International has 78 member countries. The meeting finished on the 17th of October with the selection of working committees to take the work of the organisation forward and with the announcement of the Executive committee meetings for 2009. (Torino, Italy in April and Mexico City, Mexico, in December).
2008: The Year of the African Child!
November 2007 - ACYTA Co-ordinating Committee Elected:
Chair – Cheela Chilala email@example.com
Deputy Chair – Hope Azeda firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Officer – Yvette Hardie email@example.com
Treasurer – Sandile Ndzimande firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsflash – An article by TYA (Assitej - United States of America) highlights the work of many ACYTA members, including Cheela Chilala (Zambia), Hope Azeda (Rwanda), Frederick Philander (Namibia), Yvette Hardie and Chantal Snyman (South Africa). TYA Article
ACYTA candidates elected to the Executive Committee
At the 16th World Congress held in Adelaide, Australia from 9-18 May 2008, the following African candidates were elected for the next three year term of office.
They are: Yvette Hardie
The other members of the Executive Committee are:
President: Wolfgang Schneider (Germany)
Vice Presidents: Young Ai Choi (Korea), Maria Ines Falconi (Argentina), Kim Peter Kovac (USA)
Noel Jordan (Australia),
Stephan Rabl (Austria)
Soren Ovesen (Denmark)
Katariina Metsalampi (Finland)
Razi Amitai (Israel)
Marisa Jimenez Cacho (Mexico)
Paul Harman (UK)
The new Secretary-General elected for the upcoming three year term is Ivica Simic of Croatia
Bidding Farewell to outgoing Secretary-General, Niclas Malmcrona
Niclas Malmcrona has been honoured for his efforts over the last 9 years as Secretary- General of Assitej International. His energy and considerable input into building up and sustaining the African network was recognised by African delegates at the World Congress. At a final awards ceremony, the delegates sang “Shosholoza” and Hope Azeda spoke the following words:
“Niclas, Africa will always thank you for the journey walked. From Zimbabwe to Cameroon to Mozambique, From Namibia to Uganda, from Tanzania to Johannesburg, from Botswana to Kenya, From Rwanda to Zambia, from Nigeria to Swaziland, and from Egypt to Mauritius – Niclas, it may look like the end of the journey, but like you held our hands and helped us walk, we say This is the beginning of yet another journey - for you and for us.”