Theater Illuminates Children's Imagination

Royal Netherlands EmbassyThe range of children’s theatre in Moscow impressed visitors, along with the contrast between the Russian tradition and the distinct approaches of international performers during the Gavroche festival 2013.

The Gavroche children's theatre festival took on a Dutch flavor as part of the bilateral cultural celebrations. Gavroche is the first festival since Soviet times to bring European theater to children in Moscow. Each year it combines Russian theater with that of a different country: French, in 2007 and 2010; Italian in 2008 and 2011; Swedish in 2009;  German in 2012; and finally this year it was Dutch.

It attracted troupes from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Alkmaar and Amersfoort. They performed at Mossovet State Academic Theatre, Teatrium on Serpuhovka and The Theatre Center Na Strastnom.

At the heart of the festival is an educational program that includes master classes, seminars and a drama laboratory for professionals as well as for children and their parents. The program also included performances for the little patients of the Scientific-Practical Center for Neuropsychological Children.

The festival Gavroche twice has been awarded the Teatral prize and the award of the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets.


Russia - Holland 2013
Russia - Holland 2013
The Moscow Times is releasing its new "Russia - The Netherlands 2013" supplement, dedicated to economic and cultural cooperation between the two nations. The current edition is published in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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