For the first time FUNDARTE , Aruba arranged an International Children’s theatre festival in Aruba.
Children’s Theatre from Columbia, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, Venezuela and four Children’s Theatre groups from Aruba performed and participated in the 1st International Children’s theatre festival in Aruba held 23 – 26 October 2011.
Actors from Aruba
Sadly, the group from Mexico, a group from Venezuela and the group from St. Lucia canceled their participation – but there was an INTERNATIONAL spirit in the theatre CAS DE CULTURA whenever a group showed their performance. For every performance in the theatre in CAS DE CULTURA there was a full and very enthusiastic audience – a lot of children attended every performance both in the morning and in the evening.
Every group performed twice in schools during these their days in Aruba – in different schools with children from different cultural backgrounds and languages. Each performance was a big success which was staged in a simple and plain style created just for the occasion. Five thousand Aruban children managed to attend performances during the festival – a large number of children agreed the President of FUNDARTE Leo Tromp.
One of the main ideas of this festival is to give Aruban Children the knowledge of children`s theatre that can be performed by children working seriously using theatre skills. Alongside the festival, workshops were arranged and even a Director´s forum which I was delighted to chair in my capacity as Chair of the aita/iata committee for children and youth.
I really enjoyed every moment of this very concentrated but relaxed 1st International Children´s Theatre Festival in Aruba. I got close to both the directors and to the children and I learned that the organisers thought that the festival had been a great success and they wanted to continue it in the future. So thank you to FUNDARTE, to Leo Tromp and his excellent staff for this wonderful initiative and for their great hospitality.
Venezuela perform in schools
The idea of creating an INTERNATIONAL CHILDRENS´THEATRE FESTIVAL by inviting only few groups from overseas who then connect with local groups is an excellent idea for other to follow. The concept of taking each performance to schools in order to give more children in the host country access to watch the performances is also an excellent idea, not only for the children performing but also the children in the audience. It also generates a huge amount of goodwill from which future festivals will surely benefit.
More photos are below and also on the aita/iata facebook site.