ASSITEJ SA’s “Cradle of Creativity” 17-27 May, an international theatre festival for children and young people in CT, has officially opened bookings. This incredible once-in-lifetime opportunity to experience a theatre festival with plays from around the world, with more than 80 countries represented is unlikely to be repeated in the foreseeable future.

Theatre offers our children and young people the unique opportunity to actively engage their minds, hearts and imagination through the enriching creativity on stage. Take the 17–27 May as the twelve days to put the TV off, leave the tablet unplugged and take a child to theatre, in line with the ASSITEJ (international Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) campaign: #takeachildtotheatre Book here: or go directly to Computicket here:

For adults, the Cradle of Creativity offers an additional conference component. The conference at the Cradle of Creativity offers a range of conversations, workshops and symposia on intercultural exchange in theatre for young audiences. Interested parties are invited to explore a range of packages to suit their individual needs.

The conference programme offers a two-day academic programme “International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network” followed by 13 various focus areas, which includes the launch of the international dance theatre for young audiences network on 24 May. Theatre as education Focus Day will provide an exciting engagement for teachers and artist-facilitators on 19 May.

Theatre Festival: Schools Ticket Bookings

Schools are invited to book for packages which include workshops, shows and lunches over a full day. Workshop spaces are limited and schools are encouraged to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Schools in Quintiles 1 – 3 are encouraged to apply for bus sponsorships to ASSITEJ South Africa, through the generous support of the HCI Foundation.

Theatre Festival: Public Ticket Bookings 

Tickets for the festival are available on Computicket, starting at R40 a ticket for block bookings to R75 for individual tickets for adults.

Theatre Festival: ASSITEJ SA Members’ Discounts 

ASSITEJ SA encourages its current members to update their membership, or prospective members to sign up as members of ASSITEJ SA. Individual members are entitled to ten tickets at R10 each, and each company member is entitled to twenty tickets at R10 each. Lifetime members will receive 40 tickets at R10 each. Paid up members who wish to take advantage of this offer need to request a booking code to be used on the Computicket website from; membership forms can be found on our website (

Cost of membership

R150: individual per year
R300: company per year
R2500: individual Lifetime membership
R5000: company Lifetime membership

Theatre Conference

Registration for the conference programme at Cradle of Creativity is available on the website (

ITYARN Research Conference (16-17 May) – City Hall
Theatre and Storytelling (18 May) – City Hall
Theatre as Education (19 May) – City Hall
Theatre for Social Change (20 May) – Cultural hubs
Theatre for Healing (21 May) – Cultural Hubs
Theatre for Children by Children (21 May) – Vrygrond Cultural Hub
Dance theatre for Young Audiences (24 May) – Artscape
Inclusive Arts for and by People with Disabilities (26 May) – Artscape
Music for Young Audiences (26 May) – Baxter
Theatre for the Early Years 0-6 Years (27 May) – Baxter
Puppetry (18 – 20 May) – Artscape
Producers Bazaar (22 – 23 May) – Masque Theatre
Playwriting: Write Local Play Global (17 – 27 May) – Artscape
Intercultural Exchange Events (17 – 27 May) – Various

The full programme for each day can be found on the website here:

ASSITEJ South Africa is generously supported by the National Lotteries Commission, the National Arts Council of South Africa, Rand Merchant Bank and the Department of Arts and Culture. Other funders, supporters and partners include the Wesgro, HCI Foundation, the Distell Foundation, the Kids of the Cape, the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Business and Arts South Africa, the Cape Tercentenary Foundation, Buz Publicity, Splitbeam Gearhouse, Theatre Arts Admin Collective, the National Arts Festival, The National School of the Arts and the Festival of Fame, Artscape, Baxter Theatre, CATHSSETA, Ruth & Anita Wise Trust, Lorenzo and Stella Chiappini Charitable Trust, Puppetry South Africa, The Arts and Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity, Institut Francaise, Alliance Francaise, Africalia, Pro Helvetia, SIDA, Goethe Institut, Tullow Oil, Copy Dog Productions, Mandela Bay Development Agency, Speeltheater Holland Studio, Bush Radio, FMR, and Cape Town Television. They have also been supported by the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity for their Theatre4Youth project.