ASSITEJ ITALIA was born thanks to 22 founders, which are being joined by many new members.

These are individuals and companies that share objectives and commitment with Assitej Italia. All of them are active in the field of theatre for young audiences.

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Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction is a project launched in 2019, within one of the working tables of Assitej Italia, the table of festivals, with the aim of fostering the international growth of Italian artists and programmers through a process of networking and knowledge of some of the most important European festivals dedicated to children and youth.

Chain Reaction is one of the projects selected with the call for proposals “Boarding Pass Plus 2019 and 2020” issued by the Italian Ministry of Culture to launch new and innovative networking projects to support the development of processes of internationalisation, as well as the role of artistic directors of festivals of theatre for young audiences, as promoters of our national production abroad.

Chain Reaction is a project that intends to develop the international nature of Italian festivals, to make them recognizable and accessible also to international guests. The network will support the mobility of Italian professionals and programmers with a program of visiting aimed at enhancing the international visibility of Italian artists and programmers, through networking activities and by visiting some of the most important European and Extra European festivals for children and young people.

The Italian professionals involved in the project will have the opportunity to:

  • propose their festival as one of the project locations, hosting a presentation of Chain Reaction and an international guest from the international partners

The international professionals interested in the project will have the opportunity to:

  • invite to their festivals the partners of Chain Reaction
  • propose their festival as one of the project locations, hosting a presentation of Chain Reaction
  • recommend interesting festivals to visit, that are not part of the current project network
  • represent a bridge by establishing contacts and selecting interesting artist and structures to connect them to the Italian directors of festival to enrich the knowledge of their country in the Italian contest

The project partners are Italian companies and institutions who organise national and international festivals:

The six Italian subjects taking part in the project are members of ASSITEJ Italy who will be actively involved as project partner.

 

Along with these, there are already twelve international festivals, whose organizers were particularly interested in the Italian scenario, and who will be hosting the project partners and the presentations of Chain Reaction.

From May 2021 to September 2022 Chain Reaction 2 will develop the following actions:

 

May-December 2021: Rebuilding

The cabin direction of the project – composed by a representative of each of the 6 partner festivals, a representative of Assitej Italy and an expert with functions of project secretariat – create ad hoc paths to the international through a series of online meetings of knowledge and practical exchange. In this phase we foresee the organization of Chain Reaction Dialogues, 7 hybrid meetings on and off line aimed at setting the basis for a bilateral relationship.

 

From December 2021 to May 2022: the restart

At the beginning of 2022 (perhaps even at the end of 2021) it will be possible to restart traveling. Thanks to the visiting, intended as a process of Empowerment and Capacity Building of the whole sector, the Festival Directors will become promoters of information and ambassadors of Italian Festivals abroad. From January 2022, Chain Reaction Diarys will start: a series of 8 hybrid meetings on and off line conceived as moments of confrontation and sharing following a bilateral logic.

 

From May to September 2022: From the map to the journey

The third phase of the project will focus on the presentation and selection of the deep mobility project works developed by the participating artists and companies. In June 2022 a selection of Italian artists will be presented at the BRIK Festival where the largest number of operators in the sector worldwide will be present. In September, Chain Reaction Diarys meetings are expected to be concluded.

AGENDA JANUARY – JUNE 2022

 

Monday, 24th January (3.00 pm)
Chain Reaction Dialogues: the Beglian Scene
Online meeting in collaboration with Assitej Belgium
Link Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErceyhqD4vEtxUuvBkhb-BDeE5WESZNFPA
Topic: the main festivals and the Belgian system between French and Flemish realities

Wednesday, 2nd March (10.00-12.30 am)
Visiting & Chain Reaction Diaries: Krokusfestival (Belgium)
Journey and online meeting with interviews to the delegates met by the Chain Reaction Delegation

Thursday, 24th March (3.30 pm)
Chain Reaction Dialogues: the Spanish Scene
Live and online meeting within Teatro fra le Generazioni (Giallo Mare Minimal Teatro)
Topic: an informal discussion but full of key information on the Spanish system

Thursday, 31st March (4.00 pm)
Visiting & Chain Reaction Diaries: Aprilfestival (Denmark)
Journey and online meeting with interviews to the delegates met by the Chain Reaction Delegation

Saturday, 2nd April (12.00 pm)
Visiting & Chain Reaction Diaries: La Mostra d’Igualada (Spain)
Journey and online meeting with interviews to the delegates met by the Chain Reaction Delegation

April 2022 (to be defined)
Chain Reaction Dialogues: presentation of the online program and how to participate in remote Gathering Assitej

May, 17-22
Visiting & Chain Reaction Diaries: BIBU & ASSITEJ ARTISTIC GATHERING 2022 (Sweden)

June, 9-12
Visiting & Chain Reaction Diaries: BRIK Festival (Netherlands)

Tuesday, 21st June (6.00 pm)
Chain Reaction Dialogues
Live and online meeting within SEGNI d’ESTATE (Segni d’infanzia)

 

Send an email to Eleonora De Caroli (eleonora.decaroli@livingnet.eu)
to join the Chain Reaction group!

 

CONTACTS

Project manager: Cristina Cazzola cri.cazzola@gmail.com

Organizational Office: Eleonora De Caroli eleonora.decaroli@livingnet.eu 

ASSITEJ Italia: info@assitej-italia.it | renatacoluccini@gmail.com

 

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