The Asian TYA Network aims to understand the current situation of TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) in East/Southeast Asia and to connect TYA professionals towards promoting TYA in Asia while developing long-term relationships and co-operation across countries.
As representatives of our country, we were recommended to participate in this event by Mr. Hiroshi Uchida, Director of the Japan Foundation to Lao PDR in Vientiane.
The ATYA network and ricca ricca festa was an opportunity for us to build connections, collaborate and exchange ideas about TYA in our home country to develop TYA in the future. We were able to observe and experience many things:
After ricca ricca festa, we are still keeping in touch with our fellow participants through Facebook and email. We hope that more people will join and grow this meaningful network.
Through the connections gained from this event, we have a possibility to build strong collaborations and long-term partnerships with professional TYA practitioners. In the future, we hope that we will be able to present our country’s traditional dance or puppet troupes at this festival.
On behalf of our respective departments and ministries, we would like to extend our gratitude to the organizers of ricca ricca festa and the Japan Foundation for inviting us to participate and observe the festival. We believe we will be here again next year.
Head of Research
Department of Performing Arts, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR.