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In 2030 UNICEF estimates that 167 million children around the world will be living in extreme poverty. It’s an astounding number; so astounding it doesn’t even seem possible. Imagine when this number becomes reality. Think of the real children behind the number, their lives, their struggles, their stories.

 

We want to advocate for them. We are on a mission to make the unfelt, felt; the unspoken, spoken; the hopeless, hopeful. We are 10CHILDREN and we are determined. But how can you bring the enormous reality and the many faces of childhood poverty, closer to the heart?


10CHILDREN will share the stories of children in 10 different cities around the world. Stories that will represent 10 facets of child poverty and will honor the voices of the millions of children experiencing inhumane life circumstances. Take for example Eduardo from Curitiba, Brazil; an indigenous child enduring poverty, because his family was forced to move to the city. Or Emma from Düsseldorf, Germany who is one of the thousands of children in Europe suffering from hunger on a daily basis. Other children live in Cape Town, Mumbai and Cleveland. They show how poverty affects their health; what it’s like to grow up as a girl in a society where only men count; or how living with a disability impacts their chances. One has parents that are never at home. Another only knows the backdrop of constant war.


Their stories must be told and we will use the arts to do so. Art touches the heart and can make the lives and obstacles that these children encounter every day tangible. Not to raise pity. On the contrary. We will show the potential, the resilience, and the strength of the world’s children.

 

In each city, theater makers, filmmakers and visual artists will partner with local organizations and individuals committed to the children’s welfare. Together they create a safe place where children can speak freely. As experts of their own lives, they will share their stories to inspire the creation of a theatre play, a visual art exhibition, a documentary and an educational program. This will create a buzz of excitement. We aim to give the children and their parents the respect they deserve and end their invisibility. We seek to raise awareness within governments, organizations and communities who can provide real change.

 

After all the art projects in the 10 cities are complete, we will gather for the 10CHILDRENfestival, a culminating celebration of the worldwide projects we created and the stories that have been shared. The festival will feature a congress about childhood poverty and honor the voices and solutions of the children themselves. This is when we will all stand as one and say out loud: you have to act. NOW


Liesbeth Coltof, Dennis Meyer

art for change

CAPE TOWN (Khayelitsha's Shack Theatre)
CAPE TOWN (Khayelitsha's Shack Theatre)
CAPE TOWN
CAPE TOWN
CAPE TOWN (Khayelitsha's Shack Theatre)
CAPE TOWN (Khayelitsha's Shack Theatre)
CAPE TOWN (Beauty Bokwani)
CAPE TOWN (Beauty Bokwani)
CAPE TOWN (Khayelitsha's Shack Theatre)
CAPE TOWN (Khayelitsha's Shack Theatre)
CAPE TOWN (Khayelitsha's Shack Theatre)
CAPE TOWN (Khayelitsha's Shack Theatre)
CAPE TOWN (The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children)
CAPE TOWN (The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children)
CAPE TOWN (Khayelitsha's Shack Theatre)
CAPE TOWN (Khayelitsha's Shack Theatre)
CORPORATE IDENTITY (Rieks Swarte)
CORPORATE IDENTITY (Rieks Swarte)
CLEVELAND (School of Film & Media Arts)
CLEVELAND (School of Film & Media Arts)
CLEVELAND
CLEVELAND
CLEVELAND (MOCA)
CLEVELAND (MOCA)
CLEVELAND
CLEVELAND
CLEVELAD (Boys&Girls Club)
CLEVELAD (Boys&Girls Club)
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DSC_0735 kopie

BOARD

Valentijn Ouwens

Lucien Kembel

Cobie de Vos


COMMITTEE OF RECOMMENDATION

Dieuwertje Blok

ACTIVITIES


2022


March:      Kokusfestival Hasselt (BE) Presentation                        10CHILDREN to an international         

                 professional audience


April/May: Cleveland (OHIO): visit to prepare 'Poverty                     and Health'


June:        Visit partners of Mumbai (India) to                                   Amsterdam to prepare 'Poverty and Girls' 






2022


September: Visit to Curitiba and Sao Paolo (Brazil) to                        prepare 'Poverty and Indigenous                                    childhood)

                    Visit to  Festival Paidéia in Sao Paolo                            (workshop Liesbeth Coltof; lecture                                  Liesbeth Coltof/Dennis Meyer


October:      Visit to Cape Town (S-Africa) to prepare                          'Poverty and Family'

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10CHILDRENdocuments

Posted 1 june


Part of 10CHILDREN are the 10CHILDRENdocuments. In each city where 10CHILDREN takes place, we investigate the subject of 'poverty and children' from different angles. The result is an extensive article in each city and a great diversity of inspiration material for the different artists collaborating in the project. In Curitiba, our project leader Michele Menezes (Pró Cult Eventos e Projetos Culturais) is hard at work collecting material on 'poverty and the Indigenous community'. In Cape Town, Faye Kabali-Kagwa and Yusrah Bardien of ASSITEJ SA are working on 'poverty and absent parents' and in Cleveland Courtney Hutchinson is working on 'poverty and health'. As soon as a paper is ready, it will be shared through our website. 

RESEARCHING CHILDREN'S PERSPECTIVES

Posted 1 June2021


How do you put children's perspectives at the center of an art project like 10CHILDREN? We believe that you can only do that when you put the child in the middle of the world and when you show an interaction between adult artists and children. It is about a balance and exchange between the perspective of children and adults and not just the perspective of the children. And in such a way that children really feel seen and heard. There is a lot of experience on which such a collaboration between children and adult artists can take place. To support the artists within 10CHILDREN, German artist/researcher Ingo Tomi is investigating different methods how adult artists and children can work together to collect and develop material for a project like 10CHILDREN. The research will be completed in September 2021.