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. The World Congress elects the co-ordinator for Children and Youth. The current co-ordinator, elected in Monaco 2013 is Josef Hollos from Austria. 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 be 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

Josef Hollos Chair: Josef Hollos > Austria Tel: +43-1-5137120 Cell: +43-676 9693530


  Bernd RupingBernd Ruping > c/o Fachhohschule Osnabruck, Am Wall Sd 16 D – 49808 Lingen (Ems) Germany Tel: +49 591 912 6927 Fax: +49 591 912 6991   Ron DodsonRon Dodson > 2 – 50 McCarthy Rd. Stratford, ON Canada N5A 0A1 Tel: +1 519 271 5302   Ines Skuflic HorvatInes Skuflic Horvat > Krajiska 17 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia Tel: +3851 3077410   Frank KatoolaFrank Katoola > B.O. Box 26354 Kampala Uganda Tel: +256 77 420 453     Katharina Pongracz

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Johann Straussgasse 34 Vienna Austria Tel: +0043 1 503 52 43      

  3 Responses to “Children & Youth”

  1. Congratulation, Mr. Josef Hollos.

  2. how to be member of this organization?
    loving kindness

    • 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