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International Theater for Kids
April 30, 2014   
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The international Korczak Theater Festival is bringing over 50 of the world’s best plays for children and young people to Warsaw.

Held in Warsaw since 1994, the Korczak Theater Festival is Poland’s largest event of its kind. It features many different types of performances, from shadow theater and puppet plays to animation, mime and dance. The performances that will be part of this year’s festival, being held May 23-31, were selected from submissions by 430 theaters around the world.

Plays performed during the festival deal with a wide range of subjects, including difficult ones such as intolerance, identity crisis, poverty, addiction and anxiety. Stories told during the performances often help children start a dialogue with adults about the world around them.

Since it started, the Korczak Theater Festival has aimed to highlight the artistic potential of people with disabilities and other groups vulnerable to social exclusion. For example, Warsaw audiences have in the past seen a play for children performed by homeless people and prisoners. This year’s program for the first time features such projects by groups from abroad.

During the festival, a special pavilion called Spatial Sculpture will stand on a square in front of the Palace of Culture and Science and host a string of special events. Other festival activities will be taking place at workshops and in conference rooms, enabling children to take part in games and quizzes as well as theatrical performances.

This year’s Korczak Festival is being held along with the 18th world congress of the International Association of Theater for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ), an event that takes place every three years.

M.R.

For further information go to www.korczak-festival.pl
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