The 19th ASSITEJ World Congress

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The 19th ASSITEJ World Congress was held in Cape Town City Hall on Monday 22nd May – Thursday 25th May 2017.

The Congress was an opportunity for all of those involved in the running of ASSITEJ to report back on the progress of their work, and to make suggestions for the future development of the Association. This video (13 minutes) contains some of the highlights from the many speeches:

This video contains excerpts from the following:
*Welcome & Introductions
*Introduction by the President – Yvette Hardie
*Reports of the Working Groups: Policies & Protocols – Sue Giles, Publications – Manon van de Water, Promotions – François Fogel and Nina Hajiyianni
*Network Reports: Small Size Network – Katariina Metsalampi, Write Local Play Global Network – Jenny Koppera and Karin Serres, International Inclusive Arts Network – Vicky Ireland
*Issues Submitted by Centres: Argentina – Maria Ines Falconi, Germany – Meike Fechner

Yvette Hardie, President of ASSITEJ International & Director of ASSITEJ South Africa, addressed the delegates on several occasions. The following video (7 and a half minutes) contains just a few excerpts from her speeches:

The delegates also heard from representatives of ASSITEJ’s partner networks, some of the highlights of which may be found in the following video (7 minutes):

This video contains excerpts of speeches from:
*Idoya Otegui Martinez, Secretary General, UNIMA (International Puppetry Association)
*Rob Van Genechten, President, AITA/IATA (International Amateur Theatre Association)
*Bert Determann, Vice President, OISTAT (International Organisations of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians)
*Octavian Saiu, Adjunct Secretary General, IATC (International Association of Theatre Critics)
*Robin Pascoe, President, IDEA (International Drama/Theatre and Education Association)


You may click on the links below to access the:
General Assembly Minutes
General Assembly Voting Results
2017-2020 Executive Committee
2017-2020 Working Plan

An Applied Theatre Practitioner with experience in international Drama Education, Community Theatre and Theatre for Development, Chris’ ongoing research interests centre around the documentation of Community Performance practice for the purposes of monitoring & evaluation, advocacy and training. Recent projects include facilitating participatory documentation of Community Circus, Dance, Theatre and Storytelling practice in Ethiopia, South Africa and Zambia, documenting large conferences around the world, as well as conducting Impact Assessment studies for organisations in the UK and USA. His other work includes Arts-based Curriculum Development consultancy, as well as authoring other Evaluative Research projects.