‘The voyage’ by Kijimuna Dance & Music Troupe was invited to Sydney Opera House.

Kijimuna Dance & Music Troupe is the official group of Kijimuna Festa.

The troupe had performed in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, France, Spain, Denmark and Australia, including ASSITEJ World congress and performing arts festival 2008.

8 time performances at Sydney Opera house were a big success!

Audiences were mainly school groups, age of 3 to 10 year old children.

They enjoyed the performance and singing and dancing together.


The 2nd UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education, the largest global event in the field, took place in Seoul from May 25th to May 28th with some 2,000 participants coming from here and abroad.

 The first conference was held in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2006, where the significance and value of arts education was underlined and expressed in the “Road Map for Arts Education.”

 The second conference focused on encouraging the implementation of the “Road Map.” Furthermore, the meeting in Seoul targeted the socio-cultural dimensions of arts education and reinforce the importance of research.

 The conference in Seoul was expected to contribute to the development of new strategies and strengthen collaboration between its main participants ― national authorities, local governments, teachers, artists, researchers, associations and NGOs ― to work together to reinforce the importance of arts education in schools as well as within society.

 Korea has promoted arts education as a primary policy agenda since 2000. It expressed its wish to host the 2010 conference on during the session in Lisbon, recognizing the need for global expansion of creativity in education through culture and art.



Okinawa Japan  17 – 25 July 2010



Kijimuna festa, the International Theatre Festival Okinawa for Young Audience, celebrates its sixth year in 2010. The 2010 festival will be held from the 17th to 25th of July.


Through experiencing the world’s great performances and participating in workshops led by artists, it is our goal that children, the leaders of the next generation, become friends with each other through mutual respect and understanding. This festival aims to provide such an environment where they can grow in sensitivity and creativity. Through this great opportunity for the children of Okinawa and its citizens to communicate with people from all over the world, Okinawa itself would like to contribute to world peace though the Okinawan spirits of Ichariba Choodee – one meeting makes us all siblings – and Bankoku no Shinryo – to be the bridge that connects the world. It is perhaps true that Okinawa is not yet world famous for its peace mission due to the presence of one of the largest active American Military Bases. Therefore, considering the size of the island on which such a proportionally substantial base is situated, not only our shows but also our symposia and seminars dedicate great attention to the mission of world peace.



ATYA[Asian Alliance  of  Theatre  for Young Audience]

Kijimuna Festa forms part of the ATYA network.

The festivals in the ATYA member cities are as follows:

▪ Taipei  5 July – 8 August 2010

▪ Okinawa  17 July – 25 July 2010

▪ Seoul  24 July – 1 August 2010

▪ Osaka  31 July – 8 August 2010

 Many Performing Arts for Children!

 This year, International Performing Arts Festival for Children and Young Audience Osaka will renew its name as ‘Theatre Arts for Children and Teens,TACT/FESTIVAL’   fourth time in corporation with Soul, Taipei and Okinawa around same time.  As well as our festival network in Asia, a new festival network with in Japan will start from this year. TACT/FESTIVAL will travel through out Japan – Biwako, Osaka Matsumoto and Tokyo.

 We are hoping that children who will lead the next generation could foster their rich sensibility and creativity through excellent theatrical performance and puppet shows of the world, international collaborative works of Japan and Korea and many kinds of seminars and workshops.


 TACT/FESTIVAL OSAKA, Theatre Arts for Children and Teens


July 31st sat., 2010 – August 8th sun., 2010


Asahi kumin Center,

Asahi Library

Asahi Children’s Park ,

Asahi Geijutsu Souzoukan,

Theatre Brava! 


Recognizing that children are the future of the world, the aims of the Festival are:

to provide world-class performances for children, in order to bring up their rich sensibility and creativity.

to promote exchange between peoples of diverse cultures and celebrate their diversity.

 Osaka is a city that has brought improvements by welcoming diverse cultural influences, particularly from the East Asian Diaspora. We seek to promote cultural exchange in order to create an international society of mutual understanding and harmony. The festival will provide children with opportunities to share ideas with peoples of diverse cultures and celebrate their diversity.  Cultural exchanges will promote a spirit of coexistence and mutual appreciation, not just for the arts but for the vast body of human thought and vision.

 We offer multi-faceted performances designed to share the joy and passion of performing arts with people around the world. We are committed to deepening mutual understanding and friendship between countries, with international art exchange projects that go beyond nationality, race and language.


Executive Committee for TACT/FESTIVAL International Theatre Arts for Children and Teens


  International Programs

ECHOA (Dance/ Companie Arcosm / France)

Nobody called Elise (Play / Theater Metronom/ Germany)

Robinson & Crusoe (Play /Meridiano Theater /Denmark)

Les Moutons (Play, Mime/ CORPUS/ Canada)

LAVA (Play/Studio ORKA/Belgium)

Boxy George (Puppetry/ Teater Refleksion/ Denmark)

  Asia Focus

Viet Nam Water Puppetry Program (Puppetry/ Viet Nam Puppetry Theatre Company/Viet Nam)

 Goodbye to me (Play/ Play BST/ Korea)

Wayang Kulit (Puppetry/Hana Joss/ Indonesia)

Gamelan Music (Live Music, Dance/ Tetsuro Koyano, Michael Sakamoto,  Waewdao Sirisook)

  Domestic Programs

Hanna and Hanna (Play/ Kana Mikura, Mana Mikura)

LIVE! No media for children produced by Tomobe Masato (Reading and Music)


Green Monster (Play/ THE KIO COMPANY)

As You Like it (Play/ Canon Kikaku)

 Grave of the Fireflies (PlayPoplar Theater Company)

 Geumhangsan Tiger (Play/ Operetta Tomoshibi) 

Story Telling


 Your Personal Story (Theatre workshop by Claudio Morales, Meridiano Theatre)

 The Arts of being Sheep (Theatre workshop by  David Danzon, CORPUS)

 The body, the voice, and mind are the actors’ instruments (Theatre workshop 

 by Theater Metronom)

 How does a percussionist dance? What is the sound of a dancer’s body?  (Dance workshop by Companie ARCOSM)

 Making of Studio ORKA (Theatre Lecture by Studio ORKA) 

 ABC of Lighting (Lighting Workshop by Yann Becker)

 Express emotions with your body! (Theatre workshop by Fusako Ishihara)

 Let’s play together! (Theatre workshop by Play BST)


       Denmark Forum – Learn from Danish Theatre

        Theatre Critics Forum 

        Story Telling Forum

International Symposium      

 International Symposium -Toward New Paradigm for the Festivals for Children and

         Young People

Asia International Conference 

 Roles of ‘Children’ and ‘International’ in Public Halls 

website:   http://www.tactan.jp

Picture 32The three country collaboration (UK, Japan, Korea) project ‘Looking for Yoghurt’ had just finished it’s UK tour. It was performed from May 15th to 30th at Birmingham REP, Birmingham and June 2nd to 4th at Peepul Center, Leicester as a part of The Spark Children’s Arts Festival. It will continue its performances in Seoul, Tokyo and Okinawa in mid July and early August.

If you are around in Seoul, Tokyo and Kijimuna Festa from mid July to early August, please come and enjoy the outcome of the mixture from 3 different cultures! Schedules in Asia tour will be updated soon.

Below are links to the article in the Birmingham Post about the project, Birmingham REP’s cover site of ‘Looking for Yoghurt’ & director Peter Wynn Wilson’s production blog.




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by Jeffrey Tan

Between the 7th and 19th of March 2009, I saw six out of the twelve theatre productions presented by Act 3 International as part of their annual Prudential Children First! – Singapore International Festival for children.

Quite a few friends have asked, why am I watching all these children’s shows? Is it because I am working for the arts council? Or do I miss my Act 3 days working with the company? Or am I interested to continue creating work for children?

My experience at the six productions brings home the point that good children’s theatre is not just child’s play. Although it is children centered, it has to be imaginative, playful, engaging, educational and complexly simple. A tough balance that is difficult to achieve.

The production that moved me the most was the world premiere of Mimika Theatre (UK)’s Small Worlds. Six inspiring stories, told through six characters living in one small world under a white tent. Yes all thirty of us audience members (made up of mostly children and a few adults like myself) were invited into the intimate white tent and a magical story unfolded through film, visual theatre and puppetry. The wordless production had both the children and adults totally engaged and mesmerized that speech became not important. I was struck by the intricate details on the small puppets and the very well structured dramaturgy, in linking the six stories into one world small world. I became a child again, playing and enjoying with the other children.

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Japan’s one of the most prestigious and popular theatre festival for children and young audiences, ‘International Festival OKINAWA for Young Audience – Kijimuna Festa’ is opening for 9 days from August 1st to 9th.

Each performance will have its own personality. For example, some will be performed at such a small place where you can almost feel each other’s breaths and others that shows an exciting acrobatics in a large theater. The variations are more than you can expect and will fill you up with fresh surprises and heart-warming emotions. Experienced-based workshops are also available during the festa. Workshops will need a reservation but if there are some openings, you can just join them! Everyone ranging from small children to adults will be able to enjoy the performances. 

Read more very useful informations about this year’s festival below. If you are around in Japan during this period, do not miss the chance to feel the true joy of world theatre!

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ASSITEJ (Association Internationale du Théâtre pour l’Enfance et la Jeunesse) Korea has announced on 24th of February that Mr Kim, Byung Ho was elected for a new president of ASSITEJ Korea. 

It was ASSITEJ Korea’s first election since it’s foundation. The president holds office for 3 years. 

Mr. Kim, Byung Ho is a theatre producer and has produced more than hundreds of productions. He is also an artistic director of Joyful Theatre.

He expressed his passion strongly that he would like to contribute to create a better environment for theatre for children and young audiences.


‘The Cat Who Ran’ is a production that our reporter Norifumi Hida participated. It performed in Unicorn theatre in London from February 12th to March 8th.

Credits are
Story by Naoko Kudo, adapted by Toyoko Nishida, translated by Yuriko Kobayashi
Cast: Gehane Strehler, John Cockerill, David Smith, Samantha Adams
Director: Tony Graham

“Assimilation and Verfremdungseffekt in Storytelling”

By Norifumi Hida

The Unicorn Theatre in London produced the show called The Cat Who Ran between 12th February and 8th March. It was an adaptation from the Japanese story written by Naoko Kudo, a contemporary Japanese port and writer of children’s stories. This project started when Tony Graham, the artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre and the director of this production, saw the other show, based on the same story, produced by the ART in ASIBINA, N.P.O. in Japan. The show impressed him and made him produce the British version of the show in London. Therefore, he used the text adapted for her show by Toyoko Nishida, the artistic director of the ART in ASIBINA. As I joined this production, I would like to write a report on what it was like and my impression of the show here.

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by Megumi Tomita – Feb 5th, Okinawa, Japan.

Big applause went on and on and on… Children on stage, their teachers and families in auditorium all smiled. 

Last November, at the community center of Tomigusuku city in Okinawa, the 14th Tomigusuku Warabintya festival was held. – ‘Warabintya’ in Okinawa dialect  means ‘Children’. The festival presented children’s activities at the school or after-school club in their local community. Children of elementary schools, preschools, and even nursery schools participated in the festival.

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