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Towards a child-centred society

26 August 2019

Swedish national theatre Unga Klara partners with  Drama for Life  and Cradle of Creativity for cutting-edge conference and festival - 8th to 23rd August 2019

Unga Klara is Sweden’s national theatre for children and young people. Its partnership with Drama for Life  and the Cradle of Creativity Festival in August  formed part of its 2019 worldwide tour. Unga Klara is renowned for its stimulating theatre work, tackling complex issues through heightened theatricality and innovative performance aesthetics.

Photo: UNGA KLARA collab with Drama for Life

The company performed four trailblazing productions in Johannesburg and Cape Town: Because I Say So (for children aged three to six); My True Selves (a classroom play around identity, primarily for children aged eight to 12); Girls Will Make You Blush (a combination of dance and theatre about menstruation and puberty for 13-year-olds and older teens); and X (a play about colonialism and racism for teenagers aged 15 and up).

“Collaborating with an illustrious theatre company such as Unga Klara is a major highlight of our conference and festival this year. We are extremely excited about the partnership – particularly since Unga Klara’s work ties in so seamlessly with our child-focused theme this year,” says Drama for Life director Warren Nebe, the conference and festival curator.

Many South African children face high levels of violence, disease and malnutrition, and lack access to early childhood development programmes or educational facilities. Often, they are vulnerable, discriminated against and isolated.

Transforming Arts | Transforming Lives: Towards a child-centred society aims to respond to this situation, reflecting on how innovations in the performing and applied arts, arts therapies and education, and performance as research can address these challenges to find a way forward.

Embassy of Sweden in South Africa




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