For the first time, Serbia will host the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering, the central annual conference of the World Association of Theaters for Children and Youth ASSITEJ International. The Gathering, under the title "TURNING POINT", will be held from November 20th to 24th at more than 10 locations in Belgrade and Novi Sad. The programme will include 20 theater performances for children and youth, an international conference on the rights of children and youth to culture, a series of lectures and workshops on the topic of stage design and new technologies in the theater for young audiences, as well as a series of talks, seminars, exhibitions and installations concerning the most diverse challenges and current issues of the performing arts for children and young people, intended for both domestic audiences and hundreds of colleagues from abroad .

"TURNING POINT" will be officially opened on World Children's Day - November 20th, the day when the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted in 1989, with an all-day international professional and academic conference " Children & Youth’s Rights to Culture and Arts: 10 Years Later ". The conference will be held on the "Mata Milošević" stage from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Faculty of Dramatic Arts is the official partner of ASSITEJ Serbia in the realization of this event based on the Memorandum of Cooperation signed in 2021. The conference was organised with the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, the Ministry of Tourism and Youth of the Republic of Serbia, the City of Belgrade and the European Union “Creative Europe” projects “Building Resilient European Cultural Teen Ecosystem: ForesTEEN” I “The Art of Listening in Theatre for Young Audiences – BABEL”.

Elements of the conference programme are supported by the Swedish Institute program “Creative Partnership” through collaboration with ASSITEJ Sweden.

The showcase is supported by the Institut Francais through their regional performing arts program Teatroskop.

The participants of the conference will be decision-makers, representatives of international organizations, practitioners, artists and researchers who will initiate an open and inclusive dialogue on the position of art and culture for children and youth, ways to improve access to art and culture for children and youth and strengthen intersectoral cooperation.

The program will encompass the keynote by Dr. Irena Ristić, psychologist, theatre director and full professor of the Department for Theory and History of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts When the shadow is collective, will there be room for mine?

The Conference also consists of the panels:

Children's right to culture and art: ideal or reality? 

The role of culture and art for children in education: inclusion and participation in the development of new generations

Cultural needs and the right to culture from a researcher's point of view: what do the data say? and

The Showcase The importance of art for children and young people to the community: examples of good practice.

The Opening of the Conference, the keynote and the Panels 1 and 2 will be live-streamed via platform, so that interested colleagues around the globe who register could follow. They will be recorded and the recording will be available for delayed viewing. 

This part of the conference will also be accessible to colleagues who use international sign language. 

The agenda of the conference, with the names of all participants, can be found in the attached file.

To participate in any program of the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Belgrade and Novi Sad in 2023, it is necessary for all participants and visitors to register through the official ASSITEJ International platform.

All information about prices and types of registration fees can be found at the following links: and