Among puppets, costumes and guiñoles, the world celebrated on March 20 the World Day of Children and Youth Theater to remember the importance of children come and enjoy a good play and develop their creativity and artistic skills.
It was in 1948 when distinguished personalities of the theatrical world proposed, together with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), to create an institution to meet the needs of those lovers of the performing arts.
ASSISTEJ is an entity created to collaborate with other artistic and international associations with mutual interest to advocate for theater and the arts as a universal expression of humanity, fundamental for social and cultural development and for the creation of bridges for understanding and tolerance, as reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The World Day of Theater for Children and Youth is a campaign of ASSITEJ, promoted and celebrated through the message «Take a child to the theater today», «Take a girl to the theater today»
This approach allows national centers, individual members, companies, artistic organizations, teachers, artists, professionals and other people interested in the performing arts for young audiences to connect with the idea of World Day and make use of the right of access to art and theater to children.
Yvette Hardie, president of ASSITEJ, sent a message to the world in this day where she argued that «children need to be able to enjoy moments in community where they are reminded of what we share and where they can appreciate the multiple realities of what it means to be human.
«So, let’s commit ourselves to taking a child or young person to the theater today and to gather the necessary support to ensure that all children have access to the arts and theater, regardless of their personal and social circumstances.»
Each year ASSITEJ centers on the world offer activities ranging from conferences, performances, workshops and special communication events to celebrate World Theater Day for Children and Young People.