Musical workshop: Flaskepost til fremtiden

We create, dramatize, dance, compose and perform together a music tale about how we help two children lost in the dark-dare to sail towards a new beginning. A legendary musical workshop, where the story controls the process and makes life through a interaction between:

1 Common introduction of music and movement, such as the wave – created in a Greek song song with Danish text and Arabic dance steps and Indian handwritten.

2 Listening tasks related to understanding what the two children feel
Soundscaping on selected instruments that create a mood for the islands we encounter.

3 Composition and staging tasks that give the characters we meet on the islands life.
The creative processes are at the same time processing of general living / emotions and thereby provide power tools to cope with the waves rising high, or darkness in the lives of one’s own or close relationships.

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Theater workshop: KULTUR PÅ TUR – when children produce art

The artist is a specialist in his art form. The child is a specialist in being a child. When we gather these skills, we can together create a work that is interesting to experience. Both for them are the parents of the child, but also – and not least – for other children and adults who come from the outside and experience a high-level presentation. With the theatrical performance, “My Room, My Home”, a 3rd grade from Østervangsskolen in Randers made a performance at the professional theater. The story of the story was created by the children, while the frame was set by professional theater people. 

This workshop focuses on the many positive side effects that occur when a creative process has a clear goal, the performance. Socially and in relation to creative learning.

KULTUR PÅ TUR is a development project in connection with the Spectakel Children Culture Festival 2017 in Randers (a cultural capital project).

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Architecture workshop: By Amok – Byg Amok

Architecture is much more than building, designing and decorating. It’s also about creating an awareness of the world that surrounds us. The buildings, which we pass every day, and the houses we live in are such a natural part of our daily life that we hardly notice how they affect our lives.

The children will go through characteristic landmarks in their own city and talk about their functions. Then they get to develop the city in a creative hands-on workshop, which will challenge their understanding of the city though the use of a model. The workshop is conducted in a playful atmosphere that gives the children an interest for architecture, city space, local communities – and gives them an ownership to their city.

Workshop by Børnekulturhuset i Aarhus – Read more here.

Workshop: Rødhaps og Ulven (Roodhapje) – Experiences across languages

Grow Op! Festival invites you to visit Theatre Bora Bora  for the opera Roodhapje together with Danish school children 8-12 years. As one of the strategic projects of Aarhus 2017, Grow OP! Festival makes opera grow in new ways and it is the first opera festival in

Denmark, that dedicates itself entirely to present opera for and with children. With the show Roodhapje by Holland Opera we investigate the possibilities and challenges of presenting non-Danish language  opera performances for Danish children.

After the performance GrowOP! invites delegates to an after talk with a 5. Grade from Elese Smiths Skole, opera singer and workshop leader Mariann Mikkelsen and artists from Holland Opera.

Read more here.

Performance: BABY BODY, Inclusive Dance Company, Trondheim, NO

-a dance and music performance for the youngest children (0-3 year old)
Baby Body premiered in March 2017 and has been performed in Kindergartens and on stages in Norway. Baby Body is the latest production of Inclusive Dance Company, and the second aimed at the youngest children.

A workshop about drawings and interviews with children: To create knowledge about children’s voices and perspectives

Henriette Klitnæs, Phd, University of Southern Denmark, DK

You will be introduced to hands-on tools for teachers, pedagogues and artists to use in their daily practice with the aim of creating a space for the children’s voices and participation.

Read more about Herniette Klitnæs’ Phd.

Action learning as a practical tool for working in art and culture with 0-8 year old children

Ulla Voss Gjesing, Kulturprinsen, DK

Hands-on activities with the developed Action Learning Model from the CCE project. How to engage and create common reflections? Tools for the implementation of art and culture activities in the everyday life with teachers, pedagogues and artists.

Read more about Kulturprinsen.

FAB LAB workshop – digital production processes with children

In this workshop you will visit the new FAB LAB workshop in Silkeborg: Get an insight into design practice and digital production processes. The starting point is the vinyl cutter and relevant software, and children can learn how to design their own t-shirt. The workshop is built upon a teaching curriculum for children where the vinyl cutter is used as a design tool in a historical project about the Sun Chariot of Trundholm (Solvognen).

Link to the used tools.


– a workshop about the challenges of the 21st century and the potentials of art and culture in forming children’s awareness of sustainability

Lone Belling, Consulting, Liv og Lederskab, DK

Kirsten Langer, Project Manager, Kulturprinsen, DK

Which mutual outputs become possible when children, art and culture meet sustainability? How can art and culture for and with children contribute to the process of formation in relation to the present ethical demands for thinking and acting in a sustainable way – in all dimensions and sectors? Come and take part in the important discussion on the potential role of art and culture when facing the challenges of the 21st century. These challenges are the fundamental terms of our new generations. The workshop takes its starting point in a presentation by Lone Belling, author of “Sustainable character building – sketches to an empathic world” (“Bæredygtig dannelse – skitser til en empatisk verden”).

Dialogues and panels:

Art and culture in schools – further dialogue on the question: How do we ensure access for all children to art and culture?

Meet Anne Bamford, Lars Geer Hammershøj, Eeva Anttila, Niels Græsholm, and Tatiana Chemi.

Sustainability, cultural formation and the UN’s 17 development goals on the school agenda.

Pupils from Iceland and Denmark participate in the workshop and share their visual interpretation of the theme. Meet Steen Hildebrandt, Lone Belling, Claus Hjortdal, and Christian Have. 

Open meeting in the ACE-network.

Take part in the discussion of the role of children, art and culture in Europe and participate in the development of the Seoul Agenda.

Body, affect, and materiality as agents in collaborative art-making for small children

Tone Pernille Østern, PhD, Dr. of Arts in dance, NTNU University, NO

Tone Pernille Østern is a dance artist, dance teacher, leader of Inclusive Dance Company and professor in arts education with a focus on dance at the Department for Teacher Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

In this section, Tone Østern will together with dancer Live Strugstad and musician Luis Della Mea from the Baby Body performance share how they through a collaborative process worked towards a performance for the very youngest children. Tone Østern will focus on how the body, affect and materiality as agents were important in the creative process in order to connect to the everyday world of small children. She will connect the Baby Body process to the conference theme Creativity, Learning and Cultural Formation and together with the artists share her experiences with performing for and with 0-3 year old children.

Read more about Inclusive Dance Company here.

Practical examples from the project, Cultural Children of Europe (CCE)  


Maria Bach Boserup, Project Manager of CCE

How did the CCE project take form and develop in Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Latvia and Denmark? The project partners get together and present examples from selected visual art, music, theatre and storytelling workshops in kindergartens and schools. Get in dialogue with the involved partners.

Read more about Cultural Children of Europe.

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