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Welcome to Theatre4Youth

Theatre4Youth has been funded by the National Arts Council of South Africa, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the International Fund for Cultural Diversity of UNESCO.



Theatre4youth is a venture of ASSITEJ South Africa. ASSITEJ South Africa is a network organisation for people working with or interested in theatre for young audiences, associated to ASSITEJ International (an organisation for theatre for children and young people based in nearly 100 countries world-wide). We believe that every child has the right to experience high-quality theatre designed especially for them, and to explore imaginative and creative interpretations of the world around them, through the arts.

The Theatre4youth site serves as a facilitating bridge between theatre and education, making it easy for schools to book excellent productions for their learners, and for theatre companies to tour productions to schools. It moderates the quality of the theatre presented in schools through a participatory feedback system, serves as a space for local artists to develop collaborations with communities as resident artists, and assists theatre companies in making their work more relevant and accessible to schools.

UNESCO: 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is a binding international legal instrument and UNESCO convention adopted by the UNESCO General Conference on 20 October 2005, during the 33rd session of the UNESCO General Conference held in Paris, France on 3–21 October 2005. The convention compliments the previously established provisions of UNESCO including the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity of 2001.

"The Convention recognises the rights of Parties to take measures to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions, and impose obligations at both domestic and international levels on Parties

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