Oct 222016

AITA/IATA asbl Affiliate from Poland, Towarzystwo Teatralne im. Jedrzeja Cierniaka, have asked that their statement of their position is published.

They will seek ratification as a National Centre at the August 2017 General Assembly, before the vote on renewal takes place.

They are facilitating the creation of an excellent theatre network across Poland and we wish them well in their endeavours. There is more information about their work on the CEC Website HERE

Please read their statement HERE.

Secretariat AITA/IATA asbl


Sep 042013

Delegates unanimously ratified new Affiliate Members at the 2013 General Assembly and it is with great pleasure that we welcome them to aita/iata. The organisations have up to four years to establish themselves and be ratified in a future General Assembly as the aita/iata National Centre in their country. They are:

  • Poland, Fundacja Graj!
  • Uganda, Tender Talents Magnet School
  • Zimbabwe, Washington Masenda aita/iata / ASSITEJ

 Poland – several decades ago, aita/iata had good connections with Polish theatre and it is good to be able to renew the connection through Fundacja Graj! Delegates in Monaco had the opportunity to meet Simon Blaschko and Filip Kempa who attended their first World International Theatre Festival and made many good friends.  More information about Fundacja Graj! can be read HERE.

Uganda – Frank Katoola and the Tender Talents Magnet Theatre School are reported on HERE on this website having held the 1st East African Children’s Festival – theatre by children for children to great acclaim. Frank is working with the University in Kampala to help establish an organisation that can co-ordinate amateur theatre in Uganda.

Zimbabwe – aita/iata is very happy to welcome Zimbabwe back into the aita/iata family. Washington Masenda works with ASSITEJ in Zimbabwe and he is delighted to be able to have this opportunity to help develop a better amateur theatre network in his country. For information about ASSITEJ in Zimbabwe go HERE.

Also we re-confirmed Affiliate Satu Kata Indonesia under Alika Chandra and look forward to hearing from them about their progress towards National Centre Status in 2015.

Contact details for these four Affiliates are on the pages ‘Members Of aita/iata’ HERE.

Secretariat aita/iata

Mar 082013

aita/iata is delighted to announce Uganda’s first ever International Children’s Theatre Festival to be held in a newly constructed 450-seat Theatre Facility in Kasangati. The Them of the festival is Play, Sing and Dance.

Tender Talents Theatre is an Affiliate member of aita/aita and Tender Talents Director Frank Katoola is a member of the Standing Committe for Children and Youth.

The Festival will take place 4 – 7 April 2013 and Helle Hauger, Co-ordinator of the Children and Youth Committee will attend this exciting event. For more information go to the website www.tendertalents.org

Children from the Tender Talents Theatre will be joined by children from four other groups and from children in neighboring countries Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. The performances will include drama, dance and folklore.

Frank Katoola and the Secretary of the Festival Organising Committee Andrew Ssebaggala, received support from the Executive Director of the House of Talent East Africa Ltd and from Music to the Rescue and have been successful in their application to the atia/iata Culture and Education Fund for support for the Festival.

Information from Frank Katoola

Tender Talents Theater was founded on the philosophy of developing the performing arts among the young of Uganda. Our mission is to raise individuals to self-actualization through functional participatory education. Since the first World festival of children’s theater in Lingen Germany in 1994 we have been involved in international children’s Festivals taking different schools in Uganda to these children’s encounters.

Among the schools that have benefited from these programms are: Buganda Road Primary School, 1994; Lohana Academy 1998;Tender Talents, 2000; Tender Talents 2004; Gayaza Junior School 2007. These festivals take place in different parts of the world which opens the horizons of our children.

We have linked different Teachers to international programs widening the interaction of these theater teachers to the world. We have been pursuing an opportunity to bring these festivals home to Africa. This dream has been hard to reach due to many challenges among which space has been a factor. We now have the space. It is with this background that we thought it right to start this first ever children’s Festival of performing Arts in East Africa.

This festival has been conceived for the official opening of Tender Talents Theater House a 450 capacity Auditorium that has been donated to Tender Talents Magnet School. The Alison memorial Auditorium will see more of these festivals in the future besides other children and youth programs that will run in the theater. We believe the theater will be of immense benefit to the children and youth of East Africa and bring the world of children closer.


  • Give the children a platform to play theater.
  • Children performing to children sharing and expressing their inner feelings.
  • Bring East African children together to build for tomorrow.
  • The adults to see the world in the eyes of children.


The participants in this festival will be children between the ages of 12 to 16. The participants will come from the four East Africa States – Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi.

We will post pictures and a report on the success of the Festival in due course.

aita/iata Secretariat

Tender Talents April 13

Tender Talents April 13

Tender Talents Theatre, Kasangati Uganda

Tender Talents Theatre, Kasangati Uganda