Lead partner: La Baracca S.R.L (Italy)
Artform: Youth Arts
Year funded: 2009
Funding strand: Strand 1.1 Multi-annual cooperation grants
Community grant: €2,292,000,00


Ville De Limoges (FR), Accion Educativa (ES), City of Helsinki Cultural Office, Anantalo Arts Centre (FI), Barboro Galway International Children’s Festival Limited (IE), Gledalisce Za Otroke


The project supports the rights of young children to enjoy the arts, to be part of artistic processes fostering their emotional intelligence and helping them to develop their sensibility skills.

The purpose of the project is to spread the exchange of ideas on performing arts for the early years (0-6 years of age) within Europe, creating a "territory" of meeting, exchange and knowledge in order to work together on the development and promotion of projects, events and initiatives.

The primary objective of the project is to make an increasing number of young children, in an increasing number of European countries, approach artists and their artistic acts; while trying to support, qualitatively and quantitatively, artistic production for children from 3 to 6; foster artistic experimentation; value the need for continuous exchange between art and education; and support the mobility of operators. 

Activities include trainings, website, production of artistic performances, publications, mulitmedia-products, festivals, showcases, workshops, events.

Testimonial from Irish partner

Involvement with the Small size, big citizens project has opened doors to new relationships with artists and teachers, and highlighted the enormous array of work for early years on the international stage. More importantly, the availability of a platform for Irish work of a high standard for this age group has encouraged artists working in Ireland to develop quality dance, theatre and other productions for this age group.  The Natural Born Artists Conference shone a spotlight on the area, and inspired many conversations and cooperations.

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