The International Theatre Festival for Early Years "TAKE PART IN ART” organised by Teatr Małego Widza and co-financed by the City of Warsaw, is the first large event in Poland promoting the concept of “initiation theatre“ - a theatre for children from the first year of life.
Fourth edition of TAKE PART IN ART will welcome theatres from different countries - Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and also groups and artists form Netherlands. Audience of nearly 4000 people will see 66 performances, including 12 free performances for nursery and pre-school groups. We will continue FAMILY WORKSHOPS - a series of original workshops dedicated to children and their parents. FAMILY WORKSHOPS is a space and time for children to discover their capabilities, develop their creative abilities, imagination, ingenuity and sensitivity. The workshops are also an opportunity to have great fun for both children and their parents as equal participants because, first, there is nothing better in the world for children than doing things with mom and dad and, second, we will exchange knowledge, inspire each other and share ideas. We hope that all these ideas ‘taken home’ will form a perfect starting point for family activities and creating more play activities.
The aim of the festival is not only to present the best performance practices, but also to initiate discussion about a small child as a spectator of art and a fully entitled participant of culture. It is an extremely important issue in a social and cultural dimension, yet so rarely raised in public. We truly believe that respecting the right of the youngest children to explore the world of art, and their participation in the artistic process, conducted in a responsible and appropriate way, has an enormous significance for the harmonious development of the child’s sensitivity, emotional intelligence and competence.
"...We live in a pretty weird world, in a world of technology, precise actions and quick results, but also of selfishness, aggression, no empathy and worship of tangible goods. Somewhere on the run we have lost such important values for true humanity as wholeheartedness, beauty, goodness, and living in harmony with nature and with oneself. And all these values, including sensitivity, empathy, emotional intelligence and social competence, are largely shaped by contact with art, by experiencing art and by undertaking creative actions.
Working with children has taught me that the most important thing we can offer them is our time, attention and support in discovering humanity. Help them grow surrounded by goodness and beauty. Show them a world of noble values. Create a lot of opportunities to learn about tolerance, respect for diversity and alterity.
And this is what the theatre is all about. This is why people need it. This is why adults and children need it. To develop sensitivity, to learn about empathy, to open, build and enhance self-esteem, to practice formulating and expressing own opinions, to encourage creativity, to see more, further and better.
Let's take children to the theatre.
Let's experience beauty with them.
Let's teach them true humanity. These are assets with which they will enter into adulthood and which nobody will ever take away from them."
Artistic director of the „TAKE PART in ART” festival
General and artistic director of Teatr Małego Widza