Small Size, Performing Arts for Early Years

Polka Childrens Theatre

Cooperation Projects



Total project grant (euros)


Percentage of budget funded



Creative Europe



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Project date

1 Oct 2014 - 30 Sep 2018

Number of partners in project



La Baracca Societa Cooperativa Sociale Onlus, Italy;

Baboro Galway International Children's Festival Limited, Ireland;

Helios 6 Live Art Produktion Ev, Germany;

Teatrul Ion Creanga, Romania;

Kolibri Gyermek-Es Ifjusagi Szinhaz Kiemelkedoen Kozhasznu Nonprofit Kft, Hungary;

Teater Tre Stockholm Ekonomisk Förening, Sweden;

Commune de Limoges, France;

Teaterwaerkstedet Madam Bach, Denmark;

Lutkovno Gledalisce Ljubljana, Slovenia;

O'navio Theatre, France;

Centrum Sztuki Dziecka W Poznaniu, Poland;

Teatro Paraíso Sal, Spain;

Toihaus Theater, Austria;

Accion Educativa, Spain;

Kuukulkurit Ry, Finland;

Theatre De La Guimbarde, Belgium

The project has a precise focus: the diffusion of performing arts for children between 0 and 6 years, which is a real “current non-audience”, especially as far as children under 36 months are concerned. This European networking project involves theatres and cultural centres that have been focusing their artistic research on children and that have developed a real, specific professional competence in the field of performing arts for early years. The project promotes audience development, in particular the development of children-spectators, making children approach performing arts both in Europe and worldwide. For we firmly believe that children, even the youngest ones, have the right to be viewed as spectators of today and not only of tomorrow, because they are human beings and not just “human becomings”.

This networking project involves 17 theatres and cultural centres of 15 countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK. It promotes the mobility of ideas and people; awareness-raising on the right of children to cultural citizenship; and the lifelong learning of the adults who interact with them at a professional level. The project activities can be divided into:

1.JOINT ACTIVITIES give more value to the aspects regarding co-production and cooperation: Wide Eyes co-production project, small size - final event, small size days, mentoring and collaborations, artistic directors meeting, association small size, Interactive learning platform, quality commission, mobilities for training and exchange

2. PARTNERS’ ACTIVITIES are the “cornerstones of the project”, on which its development is based: festivals, showcases, productions and co-productions, Workshops for children, research and training activities, interdisciplinary activities.

3. NETWORK ACTIVITIES, through which the shared management of the network takes place: common meetings, annual books, promotion, documentation.

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