Heart of the festival - Dream-Express
Every year our young visitors build the heart of the festival themselves. In previous years, houses, little shops and fantasy animals were built. This year the children will make transportation devices of every sort and size - a dream-express, bouncy rockets, underwater trains or air bicycles. The fun will not only be limited to Theater aan het Spui, but all kinds of things will be going on in the ‘drive-in cinema’ in The Filmhuis, outside in the streets and in City Hall where you can get a special passport and become part of I Think I Can from Australian theatre group Terrapin - a miniature railway world within which every participant introduces a puppet and its story.
A taste of the programme
The festival programme boasts some 400 items of both national and international origin, taking place in the larger theatres, smaller local theatres, museums and libraries. Many of the included productions will be performed for the first time in The Netherlands!
NTjong's adaption of Annie M.G. Schmidt's Het Schaap Veronica sees its premiere in The Koninklijke Schouwburg as does Yakanuko by Bird & Sheep with Curt Fontin, Kaspar H. by Nochem & van Luyn, Hoeveel zou de wereld wegen? by Theatergroep Fien and Maanzucht by Wie Walvis, in various participating locations.
There are also many surprising international options on offer, such as Primo, a German/Italian dance production by Alfredo Zinola & Felipe González for toddlers, which is performed underwater in a transparent swimming pool. The audience views the performance through windows in the side of the pool. Other options include Gribouille by the French group Lili DeSaStres and Too many penguins by The U.K.'s Frozen Charlotte.The festival opens on Friday the 16th of October with the thrill of Tiger Tale by Barrowland Ballet.
Itchy fingers? Fancy trying something out for yourself? Then join one of the many workshops! Urban or Indian dance, learn what it's like to be a professional dancer at Nederlands Dans Theater, make your own soundtrack, design fashion at Panorama Mesdag, (blind)taste and prepare international dishes in The Humanity House or create painted atrworks in The Mauritshuis and Gemeentemuseum. You can even discover what it's like to write your own play at Theaterschool Rabarber.
De Betovering (The Enchantment)
The Enchantment is an international children’s (2-12 years) art festival that takes place every year in 50 of The Hague’s cultural institutions. The ten-day festival takes place during the Autumn school holiday. Its programme comprises various performances and workshops and is visited by children (and their parents/guardians), both from The Hague and further afield.
Check www.debetovering.nl for the complete programme (available from mid-September onwards), how to book tickets, ticket prices and other information. Many of the performances, dance workshops and visual arts workshops are suitable for non Dutch-speaking visitors. Please take note of the NDR-logos in the programme (No Dutch required). The ticket price for the majority of the performances and workshops is €6.00.
Festival De Betovering
For: everyone from 2 to 12 years of age
Where: in some 50 cultural institutions, in and around The Hague
When: Friday the 16th to Sunday the 25th of October, 2015
Programme/Tickets: from mid-September via www.debetovering.nl and/or participating institutions