ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2022 preparations in full swing

Published on 17 May 2022

Preparations are in full swing for this’ year’s Bibu / ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2022, with the opening ceremony of the festival due later on this afternoon and a couple of performances set to take place; the kick start of the six-day festival set within the surroundings of Helsingborg’s city centre.

With Swedish and international theatre, dance and circus performances for children and young people, along with a wide range of seminars, debates, workshops and other performing arts-related surprises, people from all over the world have partially settled in, with others still making their way. Actors, performers, dancers as well as directors, academics, researchers and so on but also all those who make the event come to life are excited to be part of what will be a promising festival.

“With the tag line “no one left behind’ we enter a glorious 6 day exploration of performance and professional exchange, sustainable practice, diversity and inclusion and a courageous approach to our future and the world we inhabit – from the youngest to the oldest,” says Sue Giles AM, President of ASSITEJ International.

Måns Lagerlöf, chairman of Bibu echoes Giles’ enthusiasm: “It is with great pride that we welcome everyone who is passionate about the performing arts for children and young people to the festival… The festival offers all participants the opportunity to meet, talk, experience, network and be captivated by performing arts. It will be a performing arts festival extra everything as we also have the honour to arrange ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering during Bibu 2022.”

Pinned as the first performing arts festival in almost two years that will be held live in its entirety on the ground, the event will also be available online with online streaming and recordings for those unable to attend in person.

“With the tag line “no one left behind’ we enter a glorious 6 day exploration of performance and professional exchange, sustainable practice, diversity and inclusion and a courageous approach to our future and the world we inhabit – from the youngest to the oldest”

Sue Giles AM, President of ASSITEJ International

This year’s theme for the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2022 is “Leave No One Behind” and is based on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals which is the most ambitious development agenda ever approved by the United Nations. To this end, Bibu / ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2022 will create an international meeting place for professional practitioners to focus on how sustainability can alter our global processes, co-operation, and performances in the future.

Watch this space for more articles, interviews, podcasts and information that will ensure you get a feel of what’s happening on the ground, even if you can’t be with us in person!

Melissa Hekkers is a freelance journalist and author.
Her most recent book, Amir’s Blue Elephant, is a creative non-fiction based on her experiences working with refugees, in Lesvos, Greece. In 2018, she launched My Cyprus Mandala, an interactive educational book series on the natural and cultural heritage of Cyprus. In 2007, she published her first children’s book ‘Crocodile’, which won the Cyprus State Illustration Award. Her second children’s book Flying across Red Skies (2012) was nominated for the Cyprus State Literary award. Her third children’s book ‘Pupa’ (2014) was adapted as a theatre play in 2019.