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Young Rebels

International theatre festival for children and young people between 9 and 13 years old in Münster

The international theatre festival “Halbstark” (Young Rebels) was held in Münster for the first time in 2010 and was repeated in 2012 with great success. As a joint venture project of the cultural office and theatre of the city of Münster as well as the NRW KULTURsekretariat, the multi-day festival in October 2014 embarks for the third time on the exciting search for the view of (theatrical) art on the specific age group of 9 to 13-year-olds – once again under the artistic direction of the renowned Dutch director Silvia Andringa.

Over 10,000 visitors to the last two editions of the festival saw drama, dance, puppet and musical theatre from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy and Poland – including many premieres and first performances. The productions involved were always close to the issues, dreams and thoughts of their young audiences. In addition to the multifaceted theatre performances, a supporting programme of lectures, exhibitions, presentations, children’s university, specialist excursions and specialist conferences, staging discussions, idea pools and culture-political forums provided an inspiring and creative exchange between theatre makers, audiences, artists and politicians. Alongside the adult actors on stage, children and adolescents actively shaped the festival in their roles as exhibition makers, festival reporters and bloggers.

Also in 2014, the festival – this time with the thematic focal point “Innere Räume” (Inner spaces) – shows outstanding pieces in around thirty presentations at different theatre venues in Münster, in classrooms and at selected performance venues in the Münsterland region. Productions of the Young Theatre Münster can be seen alongside performances, especially from neighbouring countries. The independent scene in Münster will also give shape to the festival in the form of theatre experiments and new theatre educational projects. The Münsterland region will be involved again, whether with the developed festival packages for school classes, classroom performances or guest performances.

links: »THIS is ISH«, ISH (NL) © Fenna van der Vliet
rechts: »Anne und Zef«, De Toneelmakerij (NL) © Sanne Peper
Kultursekretariat NRW Gütersloh
kulturpartner WDR3
Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen