Children & Youth


Children and Youth have a voice in AITA/IATA asbl through a standing committee which exists to ensure that issues relating to children and youth are central concerns for AITA/IATA asbl. It was established in 1995 as a development from the former Drama in Education sub-committee. Until August 2017, the World Congress elected a co-ordinator for Children and Youth to the Executive Board. Since August 2017, Council agrees which Councillor(s) will be their link to the SCCY and it has been agreed that this will be AITA/IATA asbl Councillors Harald Volker Sommer and Christel Gbaguidi.

SCCY Members with President Rob Van Genechten

There are three official AITA/IATA asbl events that are the active concern of the committee:

A. AITA/IATA asbl World Festival of Children’s Theatre

The AITA/IATA asbl World Festival of Children’s Theatre was founded and held in Lingen, Germany in 1990 and has been held every two years since. The festival is in Lingen every four years and somewhere else in the world in-between. In 2000, the event was in Toyama, Japan. In 2002 in Lingen, Germany. In 2004 the event was held in Havana, Cuba. The event returned to Lingen in 2006 and 2010 and 2014 and the next festival will be held there again in 2018. In 2008 it was held in Moscow, Russia and in 2016 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. The Standing Committee participates in an advisory and supportive role for the preparation of each festival. The AITA/IATA asbl World Festival of Children’s Theatre has four elements:

  • Theatrical Performance by children of groups from many parts of the world
  • Workshops
  • Social Programme
  • Symposium for directors and other members of the public and visitors

Guidelines for hosting an AITA/IATA asbl World Festival of Children’s Theatre

B. AITA/IATA asbl World Festival of Youth Theatre

The first World Festival of Youth Theatre was held in Vienna, Austria in 2009. A World Festival of Youth Theatre celebrates the world of young people in a creative, non-competitive, safe and open atmosphere. Each festival has at its core, the appreciation of cultural differences and similarities through the production of high-quality theatre. Each Festival is a forum where young people meet not only as theatre-creators, but also as theatre-audience. Within the perspective of young adults performing for their peers, it is also a forum for discussion amongst themselves about what they have seen and to inspire them for future productions. Guidelines of the World Festival of Youth Theatre

C. AITA/IATA asbl Drama in Education Congress

The AITA/IATA asbl Drama in Education Congress was first held in Austria in 1974 and has been held every two years since that date. Up to the early 1990′s it was probably the only truly regular international drama in education congress. The 21st AITA/IATA asbl World Congress of Drama in Education was held 7 – 12 April 2017 in Castle Retzhof, Leibnitz in Austria (see Report & Pictures HERE). The 22nd Congress will be held 12-17 April 2019.

Contact information:


  Bernd Ruping
c/o Fachhohschule
Am Wall Sd 16 D – 49808
Lingen (Ems) Germany
Tel: +49 591 912 6927
Fax: +49 591 912 6991
Ron Dodson
2 – 50 McCarthy Road
ON Canada
N5A 0A1
Tel: +1 519 271 5302
  Sr. L. Ali Lucky
House 20,
Avenue 1, Block F, Section 2
Mirpur, 1213
Teléfono: +880 2 901 3896
Celular: +880 1711 53 7618
Fax: +880 2987 2860
  Ines Škuflic Horvat
Krajiska 17 10 000
Tel: +3851 3077410
  Frank Katoola
P.O. Box 26354
Tel: +256 77 420 453
  Katharina Pongracz
Johann Strauß Gasse 34
1040 Vienna
Tel: +0043 1 503 52 43
Clari Zelada Clari Zelada
Denis Roa 1248 casi Austria
Barrio Herrera
Asunción, 1823
Tel: +595-21-623869
Harald Volker Sommer
(AITA/AITA Councillor)
Christel Gbaguidi Christel Gbaguidi
Tel: (0049)1578 6330 408/ 01767 731 7568
(AITA/AITA Councillor)

  2 Responses to “Children & Youth”

  1. how to be member of this organization?
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    • Dear Che Shankar

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Information on membership of aita/iata is on this page. I don’t know which country you are from, so I cannot advise about your fee category. I assume that you would wish to join as an Associate for which an annual fee is payable. This enables you to apply to perform in various aita/iata festivals and events such as the World Amateur Theatre Festival, the Lingen Children’s Festival in 2014 and the Stratford Children’s Festival in 2016, in Canada.

      Do get in touch if you would like more information –

      Secretariat aita/iata