Letter of support

Results of the open call of the Ministry of Culture for funding projects in the fields of contemporary art for the 2016 threatened the work of ASSITEJ Centre. ASSITEJ International association adressed the highest representatives of the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Serbia with the letter of support.


International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People

Association International du Theatre pour l´Enfance et la Jeunesse

June 1, 2016

Mr. Ivan Tasovac, Minister of Culture of Republic Serbia, Cabinet of the Minister

"ASSITEJ is an association that unites theaters, organizations and individuals throughout the world who make theater for children and young people, with members in more than ninety countries on the five continents. Last year the Association celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in Berlin, which was an opportunity to again assert the rights of all children to accessing the arts. These rights are enshrined in the Convention of the Rights of the Child, which was adopted in 1959 and signed by all nations of the United Nations.

This year, on July 2 – 9, ASSITEJ will celebrate the annual Artistic Gathering in Birmingham, UK, where we’ll make special emphasis on the issue of inclusivity in Theatre for Children and Young People. This is an area which ASSITEJ Serbia has in fact been part of spearheading. In May 2017 we will celebrate our 19th Congress and World Festival where we will develop the theme of Intercultural Exchange.

ASSITEJ Serbia has been part of ASSITEJ since 2003. With great disturbance and concern, we received the news that our colleagues from ASSITEJ Serbia have not received the necessary funds from the Ministry of Culture, to continue to develop their work that includes substantial projects such as: biannual competition for contemporary plays for children and youth; the Europe 8+ meeting (a project to promote and develop regional exchange through a growing network of countries); the project for young critics in the frame of Bitef Polyphony and in relation to the upcoming Congress of IATC; and the support for young writers and new writing for young audiences, among other activities.

Respectfully and firmly, we ask you to reconsider the budget for ASSITEJ Serbia.

ASSITEJ centers play a key role in supporting cutting edge developments in the arts for young audiences, and in ensuring that artists are better able to respond to the social, cultural and political contexts of the day. We know and we are confident that this will be for the benefit of children and young people of your country, as well as for your artists who dedicate their efforts to nurture the creativity and spirit of the youngest members of society.

We also want to highlight the excellent and active participation that Diana Kržanić Tepavac has had as a member of the Executive Committee of our association and ask you to continue to support her work in this Committee. Her activity has raised the profile of Serbian theatre for young audiences around the world and she has developed important relationships with other nations, including cultural exchange with Japan, and in leading the development of the Europe +8 network and ensuring Serbia’s engagement and influence in the region.

We trust that you will appreciate the importance of this work for Serbia, and Serbia’s children, and will support ASSITEJ Serbia more attentively to continue its important and meaningful work."


Marisa Giménez Cacho

Secretary General of ASSITEJ

Yvette Hardie

President of ASSITEJ


Endorsed by Members of the Executive Committee:

Treasurer: Roberto Frabetti (Italy); Vice-Presidents: Stefan Fischer-Fels (Germany); Asaya Fujita (Japan); Vigdís Jakobsdóttir (Iceland); Members: Ady Beeri (Israel); Daniel H. Fernández (Argentina); François Fogel (France); Sue Giles (Australia); Nina Hajiyianni (United Kingdom); Imran Khan (India); Diana Kržanić Tepavac (Serbia); Manon van de Water (USA)


Mrs. Ana Vucetic. Assistant Minister for Contemporary Culture and Creative Industries

Mrs. Asja Draca Muntean. Assistant Minister of International Relations and European Integration