HCA NEWS International Biennial for children's theater

Denmark has acquired its first international biennial for children's theater.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 05 August 2003

The Regional Theater Council of the County of West Zealand is ready with Denmark?s first international biennial for children's theater.

The biennial has been given the name CaraVAnen and will place Denmark on the international map with respect to theater for children and young people, writes the morning newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

"The festival opens an important window on the world, providing Danish children and young people the opportunity to see theater from other parts of the globe," says vice-chairperson for the Regional Theater Council, Michael Ramløse, to the paper.

He emphasizes that the festival is not in competition with the annual children's theater festival, which has existed since 1971.  That is why, among other reasons, the Biennial is only held every other year. 

At the same time, he notes that the festival has no commercial goals but is primarily aimed at presenting theater from exciting places around the world for children and young people in the County of West Zealand.

The county's Regional Theater Council has received economic support for the project in the amount of DKK 2.4 million - including funding from the Danish Ministry of Culture's regional funding pool and the Culture and Education Committee of the County of West Zealand.

CaraVAnen will begin its journey for the first time this year on August 17, lasting until August 24, and will re-appear for the second time in 2005, the whole world's Hans Christian Andersen year. 

For this reason, among others, the biennial has forged a collaborative relationship with the County of Funen and Baggårdsteatret in Svendborg in connection with its performances in 2005.