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Next Generation:
Let’s Meet Other Emergent and Young Artists!

ricca * ricca symposium
  • @ Special venue set up for symposium & film projection at NAHArt Theater, and Online
  • Wednesday 5th January 2022 19.00 - 21.00
  • Thursday 6th January 2022 15.00 - 16.45
  • Co-hosted by Ricca Ricca*Festa in Japan and ASSITEJ Korea Winter Festival.

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Next Generation is a residency programme which ASSITEJ (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) launched in 2008 and has continued since then. There have been two version of it: some of them have been held at international theatre for young audiences festivals, such as ASSITEJ’s World Congresses and Artistic Gatherings, and the others at local TYA festivals. In Japan, the first Next Generation took place at Kijimuna Festa (called as ricca ricca*festa now) in 2012.
The aim of the Next Generation is to promote international exchange among young and emergent artists, producers, critics, and researchers under the age of 36 who work in the field of theatre for child and young audiences, and to nurture the ‘next-generation international artists’ who can work internationally. During the festival, they watch plays, attend symposiums and seminars, participate in workshops together, and learn about the history and current situation of theatre for young audiences in the world. At the same time, they write a manifesto or create an experimental performance together in order to find a form of theatre or a way to work together of their generation.
This time, the programme will be divided into two days: the first day will focus on European participants, and the second day will focus on Asian participants. In the first half of each day’s programme, young and emergent artists will introduce themselves to each other and discuss a specific theme. In the second half of the programme, all the participants who gathered that day will participant in a workshop. Why don’t you join us and enjoy new encounters and also think about the future of TYA in the world?

Admission free
Language: English
Capacity: Number of participants: maximum 30 people
(If the number of participants exceeds the capacity, a lottery will be held)


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  • 3-26-27 Kumoji, Naha City

Date and Time

  • (1) 5th January 2022 at 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. in Japanese time (a) 7.00 p.m. - 7.15 p.m. What is the Next Generation?
    (b) 7.15 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. Symposium: “The Roles of Theatre as Nuchigusui (medicine for life) under the Pandemic” (Working Title)
    (c) 8.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Workshop
    “Conversations with Objects”
    --- talk and creation session with objects in small groups. Please bring one object that can represent yourself as a TYA artist. In workshop, we will have a talk and a creative activity session using the object in small groups. (Any kinds of objects are available) Each group will record a short video clip and it will be shared online later on.
  • (2) 6th January 2022 at 3.00 p.m. – 4.45 p.m. in Japanese time(a) 3.00 p.m. - 3.15 p.m. What is the Next Generation?
    (b) 3.15 p.m. - 7.45 p.m. Symposium: “What is like next-generation TYA” (Working Title)
    (c) 3.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m. Workshop
    “Conversations with Objects”
    --- talk and creation session with objects in small groups. The same as above.
  • (a) and (b) are public symposiums, so participants in this program will conduct their activities while the general public watches. (c) will be conducted behind closed doors, but the recorded videos of the workshops will be posted on the website at a later date.
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Actors, directors, producers, critics, researchers, etc. under the age of 36.

How to apply

Please complete and submit the form.

Deadline: Monday, 3rd January 2022, at 11.59.p.m. in Japanese time
Announcement of adoption: Tuesday, 4th January 2022

Zoom Meeting ID will be sent to participants by 5th January.
This is a good chance to interact with young and emergent TYA artists from around the world. We look forward to your active participation. Thank you very much for your cooperation.


  • Hisashi Shimoyama
    (Artistic Director of Ricca Ricca Festa)
    Norifumi Hida, Hyeminn Han & Hyejin Seo
    (Coordinators of the programme)