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Keeping in mind the fast paced momentum of art intervention in today’s education scenario and the commitment towards giving theatre exposure to children, Assitej India announced its First International Theatre Festival for Young Audiences – Tifli.  This weeklong festival hosted at Bal Bhawan, is a celebration of childhood through theatre; that brings together artists, plays, educators, opinion leaders and influencers from India and abroad; working on Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). The festival will encapsulate theatre performances; symposiums and seminars for educators; workshops, platform shows and competitions for children, Natya Mela and Art Installations. The festival will also include a unique project called the Next Generation program that entails a residency program of young theatre practitioners from fifteen countries. These practitioners will exchange ideas on how theatre for children is developing in their respective countries and how they have been practicing it.

 Imran Khan, Festival Director - Tifli and a member of the Executive Committee - Assitej Global said, 'It gives me immense pleasure to announce the first Theatre for Young Audience Festival in Delhi, which will regale audiences with some thought provoking yet tender performances. We at Assitej aspire to popularise the usage of theatre as a tool in children’s education and over all personality development and we have had significant achievements over the years in different corners of the world. I hope that this festival will usher a new era for performing arts to reach out to children and their families.’

Tifli will showcase fourteen plays which have been meticulously designed for children and depict varied theatre styles- musical theatre, story-telling theatre, puppet theatre, object theatre, mime theatre and many more. These plays will be performed by professionals from different cities in India and other countries - Germany, Denmark, Iran and Sri Lanka. Contemporary issues like Global Warming, Climate Change and emotions like Fantasy, Love will be demonstrated through various theatrical performances in six different languages. There will be three shows of each play daily – morning and afternoon for schools specifically; and evenings will be for public.

The festival shall hold workshops for children to experience different theatre styles with some of the best practitioners from India and abroad on voice modulation, storytelling, body movement, mark making and much more.

 For educators, Tifli will be hosting Master Classes with renowned theatre practitioners who would be orienting participants to use different art forms for TYA through varied themes such as Mime theatre, puppet theatre etc.  Furthermore, symposiums will be organized in collaboration with the National Book Trust that aim at developing literature for the Indian TYA.
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