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PHILADELPHIA, PA: NEVER GROW UP! brings Dutch film, literature & performing arts for young audiences to the US

PHILADELPHIA, PA: NEVER GROW UP! brings Dutch film, literature & performing arts for young audiences to the US

Company:

Dutch Performing Arts, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York, Eye International, etc

Location:

IPAY Showcase: Various locations
Philadelphia, PA

Dates:

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:15pm
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:00am

Tickets:

DutchCultureUSA.com/NeverGrowUp

Company:
Dutch Performing Arts, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York, Eye International, etc


NEVER GROW UP!
Brings an abundance of Dutch film, literature and performing arts for young audiences to the United States
at the IPAY Showcase in Philadelphia
January 16-19, 2019


Never Grow Up! brings an abundance of Dutch film, literature and performing arts for young audiences to the United States throughout 2019. A wide range of work from the Netherlands for young audiences and families will be presented and shared at festivals, conferences and other platforms, all representing a respect for young people and dedication to youth culture as an autonomous art form. For more information, visit DutchCultureUSA.com/NeverGrowUp.
 
A joint effort of Dutch Performing Arts, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York, Eye International, Netherlands Film Fund, Cinekid, Dutch Foundation for Literature, and DutchCulture, the program aims to stimulate the dissemination and visibility of Dutch youth arts as well as cultural exchange and partnerships with renowned US-based presenters and organizations.
 
The year-long celebration of Dutch artistry kicks off with the presence of eight Dutch theatre and dance companies at international conference IPAY Showcase, that takes place from January 16-19, 2019 in Philadelphia. The eight companies will present their productions for young audiences to 500 US-based theatre professionals, including full-length performances, pitches and excerpts from Theatergroep Kwatta, Theater Terra, Meneer Monster/NORPA, Het Nationale Theater/NTjong, Simone de Jong Company, Maas Theater & Dance, plan d-/Andreas Denk, and De Dansers. Presenting energetic dance performances with live music to moving visual performances for ages 2-6+. For information on the Dutch performances at the IPAY Showcase, visit https://dutchperformingarts.nl/files/eve/0164/LRspreadDEFdpaIPAYboekje.pdf.
 
Throughout 2019, Never Grow Up! presents Dutch film, literature, (music) theatre and dance that caters to young audiences and their families at events and venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music, Kennedy Center, New York International Children's Film Festival and Brooklyn Book Festival. Presenters and agencies are invited to attend screenings, readings and performances, meet directors, writers and performers, and engage with representatives of Dutch expert organizations to discuss opportunities for collaboration and exchange.

Uniquely Dutch Research conducted by the World Health Organization and Unicef shows that Dutch children are among the happiest in the world. What sets Dutch kids apart, is that they have a supportive environment at home, with friends and also at school. Dutch parents give a lot of support and have mild control. There is an egalitarian climate at school, teachers are not authoritarian but accept the feelings of pupils, and pupils trust teachers. This respect for young people and their views on the world is also reflected in the themes, genres and wealth of ideas found in Dutch arts for young audiences.

Dutch youth arts are known for their artistry and high production value while often tackling challenging subjects, ranging from the commercial to the chaotic, the playful to provocative and poetic, the silly to the serious, and everything in between. Filmmakers, writers and performers take children and their personal experiences seriously. Unafraid to take artistic risks, publicly-funded makers in particular like to go off the beaten path of typical children's stories and address topical issues head-on. At the same time, Dutch youth arts are characterized by their sense of humor, playfulness and light take on things, and are equally enjoyed by grown-ups.
 

About Never Grow Up!
Never Grow Up! presents Dutch film, literature, (music) theatre and dance that caters to young audiences and families at events and venues such as IPAY Showcase, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Kennedy Center, New York International Children's Film Festival and Brooklyn Book Festival. Presenters and agencies are invited to attend screenings, readings and performances, meet directors, writers and performers, and engage with representatives of Dutch expert organizations to discuss opportunities for collaboration and exchange.

The program is a joint effort of Dutch Performing Arts, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York, Eye International, Netherlands Film Fund, Cinekid, Dutch Foundation for Literature, and DutchCulture.
 
For more information about Never Grow Up! and upcoming activities, visit DutchCultureUSA.com/NeverGrowUp.

 

Photo: Theater Terra in "The Little Mermaid."
 

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