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IDEA Day Message

27th of November 2021.

I want to address this IDEA Day Message to all those around the world believing that art education can change a person's life for the better.

To all those who feel alone in these hard pandemic times, knowing that our art belongs to live performative art.

To drama teachers who feel that real work, face to face with children, youth, adults, elderly is endangered.

To all those who fight from day to day for their right to teach drama and theatre in schools, in classrooms, in cultural spaces, on the fields and in courtyards.

To children who have learned from an early age to express, analyze, synthesize through the language of drama, understanding how beneficial it is for them.

To children and all who have not had that privilege and chance, but hopefully will.

To parents and guardians who patiently and with love bring children to drama classes, support and watch them develop and learn humanity through our noble form.

Also to all those thinking there are more important things than drama/theatre and art education in this world in turmoil. Who see no hope and only darkness.

Next year our IDEA association is celebrating 30 years since it was formed. We shall celebrate this important milestone together in July at the IDEA Congress in Iceland.

On the 25th Anniversary celebration in Evora, Portugal, Jovana Mihić from Serbia, a nineteen-year-old participant of the Young IDEA project that was part of the celebration, wrote and performed a story, that Maria van Bakelen also cited in her speech on that occasion.

The story is of a little boy who was the only one able to climb a very high tree in his village. When they asked him in wonder how did he do it, he answered: “I did not look up, I did not look down. My eyes were straight.” I share with you Jovana’s story.

I wish you all to keep climbing your tree, keep working, day by day, moment by moment, being aware of how important our mission is in this world. Let us not be stuck in the past, or too worried about the future. Let us be alive, giving our best to every moment.

Let us bring happiness and sense to the world through drama theatre education.

Let us celebrate IDEA Day 2021!


Sanja Krsmanović Tasić

IDEA president

From Here to the Sky

By Jovana Mihić

There is a story about the tree with branches that had grown up to the sky.

They were touching the clouds and it was a miracle.

Everyone wanted to climb to the top of the tree and to feel the softness of the clouds. Many of them had injuries because of that adventure, but one boy made it.

He said it was the happiest moment in his life. Maybe it is because he made his wish come true only by his efforts. Maybe it is because he did something that nobody had done before.

People from his town were so jealous. They were saying: "We couldn’t understand how can a little boy do such a great thing.“

There was a woman who was fascinated by this boy, and she asked him, without any jealousyin her voice: "How did you make it?“

And the answer was simple:

"I didn’t look down, I didn’t look up, my eyes were straight. My look was focused on the presence, on that very moment. I didn’t care what have I been through nor what is waiting for me, I was just trying to be the best I can in presence. And like that, I was changing the future and remaking the past.“

The woman told him that she wished she had his focused look, his eyes. 

IDEA Day is a special event in the IDEA Calendar.

It is celebrated on November 27 each year. It was accepted unanimously in the Hong Kong General Council Meeting of 2007 to celebrate, promote and advocate drama/theatre as part of a full human education, within and across national borders.

4.10. 1 Why 27th of November ?

Originally written by Tintti Karppinen. 

Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares: “Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits."

Why November ?

it is the month, when the declaration of the Rights of the Child was accepted by the United Nations.

Art. 13:

"The child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child's choice." Art. 31:

"1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

2. States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity."

Each IDEA member will independently decide the best way to celebrate IDEA DAY in their own country.

IDEA will annually give an IDEA DAY declaration or greeting to its members. IDEA can also propose an international or regional theme for IDEA DAY, which members may include or apply in their national or regional way of celebration.

IDEA Day Message 2020 by Robin Pascoe President IDEA 2013-2020

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