Children have the right to go to the theatre!

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Author: Hawa

Eleven performances for children and youth from Poland and Ukraine will be presented on the stages of the Warsaw theatres during the International Festival of Theatres for Children and Youth "Korczak Dzisiaj" (Eng. Korczak Today). The 26th edition of the festival will take place between 11 and 23 October. The motto of this year's edition is "Children have the right to art".

The festival programme includes proposals for children and teenagers, including the following shows: a fairy-tale, intergenerational performance about the land of fantasy entitled "Niekończąca się historia" (Eng. Never Ending Story) and an adaptation of popular, contemporary literature for children "Tonja z Glimmerdalen" (Eng. Tonja from Glimmerdalen) from the Miniatura Theatre in Gdańsk.

The programme also includes many theatre plays for children, such as the performance "Kulka" (Eng. Ball) – a performance with live music of the LALE.Teatr Foundation and the Wrocław Puppet Theatre and the production of the Zdroj Theatre of Animation in Jelenia Góra "Do góry" (Eng. Up), which tells about the richness, beauty, and uniqueness of the Karkonosze nature.

The festival will start with a performance of "Edukacja seksualna" (Eng. Sexual Education) from the Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin, which in a partnership way involves teenagers in the creative process and invites them to talk about reality, breaking the social taboos.

The 80th anniversary of the death of Janusz Korczak, the patron of the festival, became an impulse for the Banialuka Theatre in Bielsko-Biała to create a multidimensional project around this figure. In Warsaw, the performance based on the play "Zakazane dzieci - opowieść korczakowska" (Eng. Forbidden Children - Korczak Story) by Artur Pałyga, directed by Anna Augustynowicz and the "Kajtuś Czarodziej" (Eng. Kajtuś the Wizard) audience directed by Paweł Łysak.

This year, the festival's repertoire is also created by Ukrainian performances for children and young people. The student group from the Kharkiv State Academic Puppet Theatre will present a moving performance "Jestem OK" (Eng. I am OK), the script of which was created on the basis of conversations with teenagers currently in Ukraine. There will be also a performance of "Słonecznego nieba" (Eng. Sunny Sky), a play that invites children to participate. In addition, all Polish performances shown at the festival will be translated into Ukrainian. The organizers provide a pool of free tickets for each of the performances presented during the festival for Ukrainian citizens. Those wishing to make use of this possibility will be asked to collect a special ticket and present their passport or identity card at the entrance to the performance.

As part of the festival, the following awards are given: GRAND PRIX of the Festival - the Janusz Korczak Award, the Stefania Wilczyńska Award, the Machulski Award, and three distinctions. The official results will be announced on 23 October at a gala at the Rampa Theatre in Targówek.

The project is co-financed by the Capital City of Warsaw. You can find more information about the event on the website.