Assitej 2017 Youth Arts Leadership Delegation

Expressions of interest have now closed

Notification:  13 March 2017

Delegation dates:  16 – 22 May 2017 (Exact dates will be confirmed soon)


About the opportunity

Emerging and mid-career leaders from the Youth Arts sector will join a delegation to the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People in Cape Town, South Africa, during May 2017

The delegation will be led by the Australia Council over a seven day period of the World Congress and will focus on professional development and leadership.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in the development and exchange of ideas with fellow leaders from over 100 countries who make theatre with, for and by children and young people.

Alongside meetings and networking opportunities, the delegation will engage with all major components of ASSITEJ 2017, including the Research Conference, the World Congress, symposia and workshops. Participants will also attend a range of performances as part of the festival.

The Australia Council will pay the registration fee and provide five delegates with $3,750 each towards the cost of attending ASSITEJ 2017. Participants will be responsible for all other costs associated with travelling to South Africa including flights, accommodation, transfers, visas, insurance and meals outside of the programmed activities.


This opportunity is designed for emerging and mid-career leaders from the Youth Arts sector with a focus on arts workers that predominantly makes work with and by young people.

Although the focus of the congress is around theatre for children and young people, we encourage leaders from other artforms to consider applying. For example, the program also includes a focus on Indigenous storytelling and dance theatre.

Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.

Selection Criteria

Australia Council staff and industry advisers will assess the impact of the opportunity for the individual according to the following selection criteria:

  • How the opportunity will benefit your leadership development.
  • The relevance and timeliness of the opportunity to contribute to your career development.
  • Evidence of how you have applied previous collaborative learning experiences.
  • Your capacity to contribute to the development of the youth arts sector as a whole.

Supporting material

No supporting material is required. You are not required to submit a budget with your expression of interest.

Selection process

Australia Council staff and industry advisers will consider expression of interest according to the selection criteria above.

You will be informed of the outcome of your expression of interest by 13 March 2017.


To discuss your expression of interest, please contact Kevin du Preez, Director Capacity Building, 02 9215 9024.

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