Nov 242014

Please note the more recent post above and HERE with revised dates and details.

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From Pat Quigley and Glenys McQueen-Fuentes, Co-Chairs of Play! A Symposium

Greetings from the organisers of the 14th World Festival of Children’s Theatre

You are invited to participate in the upcoming Play! A Symposium, 10 – 12 June 2016 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. This two day event will effectively begin the International Amateur Theatre Association’s (aita/iata) 14th World Festival of Children’s Theatre, to be held for the first time in North America in scenic Stratford, Ontario, from 5 – 14 June 2016. Organisers expect Play! A Symposium to be a dynamic and thought provoking launch for the overall Festival.The Festival Website is HERE

To this end, attached HERE is an initial Call for Proposals in English and HERE in French and HERE in Spanish. As it outlines, organisers are interested in any form of presentation to do with Play! While organisers will of course accept academic proposals, they are also eager to entertain other forms of presentations, as they believe the theme of Play! is evocative, exciting and rich in possibilities. The deadline for proposals to be received is 20 November 2015.

They ask that you send this invitation on to others whom you feel might be interested, and they look forward to hearing back from you.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at


Pat Quigley and Glenys McQueen-Fuentes
Play! A Symposium

Please note the text of this post is also on the aita/iata French pages HERE and Spanish pages HERE

Secretariat aita/iata

(Post updated to reflect new dates)

  6 Responses to “aita/iata World Festival of Children’s Theatre: Play! A Symposium, 10 – 12 June 2016, Stratford, Ontario, Canada”

  1. Respected sir,
    I’m Ratan Leishangthem of Manipur (India) i am ready for perticipating your upcoming festival. I running theatre organization specially in folk and ethinics plays for women’s & chindren’s. Also experiance in last 25 years before and participated Global threatre festival organised by threatre movement cuttack odissa india since 2005.
    so i request you to kindly allow to participate 14th world festival of chindren theatre in the interest fo young children artiste of the organisation.
    thank you sir.
    yours Ratan Leishangthem director

    • Dear Ratan Leishangthem

      Thank you for your enquire about the World Festival of Children’s Theatre. The announcement about when and how groups can apply to take part in the Festival has not yet been made. As soon as it is, it will appear on the World Festival of Children’s Theatre website (links above) and on this website.

      Secretariat aita/iata

  2. hi
    i am saroj aryal from nepal , i am doing children theatre ,,i stablish children theatre in nepal. i would like to particpate in your upcoming festival , i know deadline is gone but if there is any chances pls help me. our company will be very proud to represent nepal children play,
    ihank you

    • Dear Saroj Aryal

      Thank you for your enquiry. The Festival organisers have not yet announced the timeline for groups to perform at this festival. As soon as they do, I will announce it on this website.

      The only deadline mentioned above is for applications to take part in the Symposium Play! and the deadline for that is 1 May 2015.

      Secretariat aita/iata

  3. I am immensely interested in participating in the Play! Symposium as I have over 30 years experience in Children’s Theatre- founder of the St. Albert Children’s Theatre in St. Albert, Alberta and director of the International Children Festival at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta. Please advise me as to how I might participate in this awesome endeavor.

    Thank you~
    Maralyn Ryan

    • Dear Maralyn

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      It is good to know that you are so interested in the Symposium. All the information you need to apply to take part is in the above post. Just click on the links ‘HERE’ to see the Festival website or to download the Call for Proposals. If you need further information then do contact the organisers at the email address above.

      Secretariat aita/iata

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