Young IDEA 2010

Young IDEA has been part of the Executive Committee of IDEA since 2004, emerging from the IDEA World Congress as well as debates between IDEA members regarding the importance of the presence and voices of youths within the organization.

Any group of young people working with theatre can take part in Young IDEA: youth groups connected to any IDEA member, youth groups connected to any IDEA national association member or any youth group invited to perform in the IDEA Word Congress.

IDEA 2010 World Congress highlights the necessity of identifying and decentralizing actions within groups of young people who work with theatre and other artistic languages.

The Congress has in its academic and pedagogical programme a Special Group Needs concerned exclusively with young people, promoting the debate and exchange of experiences between young people, experts and activists from all over the world.

The Congress promotes the exchange of knowledge between groups of young people from different countries and groups from Belém, from the state of Pará, and other Brazilian cities, deepening the relation between communities from Brazil and others parts of the world.

It also stimulates the participation of young groups in the Solidarity International Campaign of IDEA 2010, understanding solidarity not only as a means to support resources for young people that take part in the Congress, but also as an exchange of experience and knowledge, transforming this exchange into an act of solidarity in the search for a more fair and sustainable world.

The Young IDEA of the 7th World Congress IDEA 2010 is composed of three different projects: The Great Harvest of Hope, Young Creative Voice and Youth OnStage.

1) The Great Harvest of Hope

The times in which we live are critical. Our tradition, in conjunction with the present condition of our planet, indicate that we are living a key moment. The ways in which we will evolve will greatly depend upon our actions. In this perspective, never has it been more important that the Arts continue to play a crucial role in creating a space where dialogue is possible. If we talk about 21st century issues, we will notice that one of the most important is to give a strong voice to all humanity and the capacity to listen. That's the importance of "The Great Harvest of Hope". As words may not be the primary medium for all people, we will also work through images and music.

Exclusion, poverty, homelessness, depression, meaninglessness, hunger, suicide, wars, environment, and global warming: at a time when crisis is knocking at every door and when demands seem unsolvable, how do our young people see tomorrow? What does it mean to say "take your time", "find your place”, "share your fears", or “what is solidarity?” and “what would you like to say?”

The Great Harvest of Hope is a multi-media performance to be created by 900 young citizens from all continents who will speak through 36 young people, 6 from each continent, all members of IDEA. They will use the ‘Citizen Notebook’ (of words, images and music). Serving both as raw material and central element of the project, the ‘writing’ of these 900 young people will be sent to Theatre des Petites Lanternes to be condensed into a performance structure by professional actors and directors from Theatre des Petites Lanternes and Teatro Vichama. The material will then be refined and crafted for performance by the international young performers for IDEA 2010.

For more information, e-mail Angèle Séguin at and Cesar Escuza at

2) Macau Young Creative Voices

Young Creative Voices (YCV) is a theater arts collaboration endorsed by IDEA and designed to create guidance for young people to consider and express their point of view over a proposed topic and a space and to share this valuable exploration with a public audience. It aims to adhere to the above, producing over three years three stages of performance and research that will be presented in the 2010 IDEA World Congress in Brazil.

Macau YCV is a Youth Development and Capacity Building Project, in which participants’ year-on-year skills growth is evaluated via a comprehensive and holistic method of assessment. It provides young participants year-round activities and training that are conducted by experts, academics and theater practitioners. The youth are expected to develop a theater performance every year – applying the knowledge and skills gained from the research and artistic workshops.

Through the three year process, the youth are expected to complete a full performing arts and production training; produce an international exchange program; publish their work utilizing different media that can be used as guideline/model for future projects, educational practices, and community actions.

Currently, Macau's Young Creative Voices is collaborating with Marituba's Instituto Cultura de Paz – also called Creative Voices based in the metropolitan region of Belém; and with The Rainbow Factory – a youth group from Belfast Northern Ireland.

For more information, contact: Kami Leslie at

3) Youth OnStage

Youth OnStage gives different organizations and groups of young people from Brazil and the world the opportunity to dialogue with organizations and groups from the city of Belém .

Proposals from different countries are being presented to the IDEA 2010 World Congress discussing issues such as global warming, the environment, sustainable community development, social transformation, assertion of minorities and the exchange of knowledge between popular and indigenous culture. Youth Onstage celebrates youth participation and empowerment through various artistic-pedagogical activities. These include performances and workshops based on the exchange of knowledge around solidarity, the mobilization of young people, development and social transformation.

Youth OnStage, like the two Young IDEA projects, aims to create the necessary conditions in order to sustain activities involving young people after the congress; where education and arts are used to transform the youth into active movers of their own history and society. It is a dialogical space that stimulates debate among young people about the role of arts in the socio-cultural and educational transformation in the 21st century.

For more information, contact: Ricardo Torres at