Open Theatre Doors Around the World

In this panel discussion, we talked to key presenters and programmers working for venues and festivals around the globe, about reopening in recent months. The panelists shared their challenges and successes in regard to welcoming back both audiences and theatre professionals into their theatre spaces.

Whilst our government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have differed immensely from country to country, this panel presents an opportunity to connect with those of us in the children's theatre and dance sector who have already opened their theatre doors. Featuring speakers from Asia, Europe and Australia sharing their learnings and varying experiences since the outbreak in December 2019. 

BSL interpretation was provided by Catherine King.

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Recording of this event is available below until the end of October.

Panellists included, in order:

  • Forrina Chen, Founder and Artistic Director of the Art Space for Kids and host of the NOW Festival and Showcase (2020), China
  • Sookhee Kim, Artistic Director, Jongno Children's Theater, Seoul, South Korea
  • Kees Blijleven, Artistic Director, Theater De Krakeling, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Susannah Sweeney, Creative Producer, DreamBIG Children's Festival, Adelaide, Australia

Presentations by each of the panelists was followed by a question and answer session from the host and the audience.

Host: Noel Jordan, Festival Director, Edinburgh International Children's Festival

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