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Cultural Spotlights
Thank you for a fantastic Showcase 2019!  Information about Cultural Spotlights at Showcase 2020 will be announced in Fall 2019.
Cultural Spotlights at Showcase 2019

Beyond Tulips, Windmills and Wooden Shoes

Wednesday, January 16

Suzanne Roberts Theatre
From a country known for its tulips, windmills and wooden shoes, but that is home to so much more, Dutch Performing Arts and Assitej Netherlands bring you an hour of Dutch delights. In a short introduction, we will address the history and present state of Dutch youth theater and dance. This program will provide an insightful context to the three-part sampling of Dutch youth theater and dance immediately following this introduction, and to other Dutch performances during the IPAY Showcase.

Presentations by:

Het Nationale Theater / NTjong – Robot XS

A bizarre and humorous horror show about friendship with a robot, and about what makes a person human.

Theater Terra – The Little Mermaid

Family musical with puppetry, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

Meneer Monster – The Robbers

A physical, wordless comedy about three robbers in a colorless world.

The Dutch Cultural Spotlight is part of Never Grow Up: Dutch film, literature and performing arts for young audiences, a project dedicated to the promotion of Dutch youth arts in the United States. Never Grow Up is a joint effort of Dutch Performing Arts, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, Dutch Culture, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the Netherlands Film Fund, and Eye International.



Thursday, January 17
Philadelphia Film Center
Thanks to the support and coordination of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Te Veo-Assitej Chile, a Delegation from Chile is present at IPAY for the first time!

The delegation is made up of professionals who represent Chilean companies, spaces, festivals and marketplaces that focus on youth and family performances. They are eager to generate contacts and networks aiming towards future collaborations.
Our Cultural Spotlight will introduce you to the diversity of artistic expression within the performing arts in Chile. It will also present collaborative opportunities and available funds to support international exchange. As a country, our participation in IPAY confirms Chile’s commitment to the development of arts and cultures for children and youth.


Spotlight on Scotland

Friday, January 18
Philadelphia Film Center
Scotland is proud of its international reputation for producing artistically exciting and emotionally engaging theater and dance for young audiences. As Imaginate celebrates 30 years of the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, we are delighted to be working in partnership with Creative Scotland to present this Spotlight on Scotland, and to bring 19 artists, producers, and company representatives to Showcase 2019.  Our Cultural Spotlight focuses on some of the leading work in Scotland today, and will introduce you to new artists as well as reacquaint you with some familiar faces. We hope it will help create new connections and—most importantly—facilitate opportunities to bring the very best theater to young audiences throughout the world.


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