Cradle of Creativity 19th ASSITEJ World Congress & Festival

4 May 2017 - 15:45

Theatre for Children and Youth. A Cradle of creativity. An exciting line-up for Cape Town’s audiences from 0 to 99 years old. There is something for everyone! Put aside all your preconceived ideas of what children’s theatre is – this will change your perceptions.

What does this have to do with the Drama Department at UCT? We are proud to be co-convenors of the academic programmes for the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network (ITYARN) Conference, and the ‘Cradle of Creativity’, 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Festival – the first of its kind on African soil.

The Conference and Focus Days involve academic papers, poster presentations, screenings and workshops with participants from over 50 countries. Various themes of the academic programmes include interculturalism, theatre for healing, theatre for social change, and early years theatre (you haven’t lived til you have seen 6 month old babies responding to theatre!).

Veronica Baxter has been given a generous grant from the National Research Foundation (NRF) for the conference and Focus days. This includes bringing African delegates from across the continent, and sponsoring Keynote Speakers from Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, the UK and from home. This includes the Patron of ASSITEJ SA, Gcina Mhlophe, social activist and writer, Sindiwe Magona, and Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela.

The international event kicks off on the 16th May at the City Hall, with the ITYARN conference, and the ASSITEJ Congress and festival of theatre starts with an amazing mash-up of performances at the Baxter theatre. Book through Computicket to see the most amazing shows! Bring everyone and their aunt!

For more information on the ITYARN Conference, please visit:

To book tickets for shows at the festival, please follow the link:

Alternatively, please email Roné Herbst at should you like to volunteer or help out at the Conference and Focus Days.