Exhibition on the History of ASSITEJ International

The exhibition on the 50th anniversary of the World Association of Theatres for Children and Young People was placed from the 21st to the 26th April 2015 in different places in Berlin.

The huge variety of theatre for children and young people is displayed as video with illustrations and scenic photos from the collection of the Children‘s and Young People's Theatre Centre. The themes discussed in the World Congresses follow the course of ASSITEJ discussions between 1966 and 2017. A scenic reading entitled 'Let us leave history now and turn to the present' is based on a look into the ASSITEJ international archives. A section of the scenic reading can be heard and audio-clips of the dialogues of the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2015 in Berlin are also available within the webversion of the exhibition.

Thomas Krüger, the president of the Federal Agency for Civic Education recently declared that "the past is always an interpretation of the present", and in doing so spoke out in favour of a variety of ways in which to approach history. In 1990, when he was the Berlin Senator for Young People and Families, he opened the first National Festival of Theatre for Children and Young People along with other promoters.

During the festival Augenblick mal! we were not only looking back at two decades of the history of this festival: The Children‘s and Young People‘s Theatre Centre was currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, German ASSITEJ will have existed for five decades in 2016 and ASSITEJ celebrates its 50th birthday this year.

Past, Present, Future

Scarcely 50 years have gone by and these have produced a vast amount of documents, facts and experiences. Files, publications and media have been collected and, with a bit of luck, people who were present at the time still remember much of what they witnessed. Discussions, publications and archives help us to bring the past into the present, along with the discontinuities that also define our current activities. Between 2008 and 2014 Nat Eek completed a general picture of ASSITEJ, in which he outlined the steps in its development. For Augenblick mal! 2015, the Children‘s and Young People‘s Theatre Centre has joined forces with the University of Hildesheim to explore the archives, view the (hi)stories from different perspectives, and present them in various locations in Berlin.

The team: Anna Döge, Laura Kallenbach, Isabel Schwenk, Simon Niemann, Prof. Dr. Geesche Wartemann (Universität Hildesheim); Luisa Birkenfeld, Dr. Jürgen Kirschner (KJTZ); Katja Schlecht (decoration, Berlin)

Exhibition venues
Umweltforum: International Diversity
GRIPS Hansaplatz: World Congresses, Today's Sound