A fifth ERASMUS+ mobility in Mitry-Mory

Here are some photos of the fifth learning activity part of our ERASMUS+ project, which took place on November 28 and 29, 2022 in Mitry-Mory.

During these two days of training, the participants got to visit several early years and cultural organisations part of the Roissy Pays de France Administrative Grouping, and attended talks by Laurent Dupont and Margotte Fricoteaux on ACTA’s last community project The Lullabies and the valorization of this intangible heritage. Finally, workshops were organized in the afternoons to stimulate reflections, agreements and disagreements on the foundations necessary to foster the collaboration of different players for the young child’s artistic awakening. To learn more, here is an illustrated report of this mobility HERE.

Our ERASMUS+ learning activity in the Netherlands

Our 4th Learning Activity from the ERASMUS+ training program took place from the 28th to 30th September 2022, focused on developing early years professionals’ capacity to enable the young child’s artistic awakening.

During two days in Almere, Netherlands, the French participants were able to: visit early years and cultural organisations, attend a show co-produced by our Dutch partner 2turvenhoog, and exchange with their Spanish, Scottish and Dutch counterparts. To learn more about the project in general, it’s here. And for a detailed and illustrated summary of this specific activity, it’s over here!

Workshops in Goussainville’s early childhood centers !

Last week saw the end of a wonderful project carried out together with the early childhood department of Goussainville, a partner town of the PREMIÈRES RENCONTRES Festival! Three workshops were organised for children, professionals and parents in the city’s crèches, with two artists coordinated by Laurent Dupont. These workshops allowed the teams and parents to become aware of artistic awakening, while including the 30 children of the early childhood places concerned.

This project was born from a direct request from the town of Goussainville, which is very representative of the general demand made by the early childhood services and structures in the department. Thanks again to all the participants who made this project so dynamic!

Thank you all for this great European Forum 2022 !

For this 10th anniversary edition, which followed a 9th edition that was very constrained by the pandemic in 2020, we can look forward to a great success!

A big thank you to our institutional partners, our financial partners, the volunteers, the technical teams, but also and above all, the participants in person and online via Zoom. It was a pleasure to share these moments in Villiers-le-Bel together. Moments of debate, conferences, nourishing and necessary exchanges, and performances from elsewhere in Europe! Artists, early childhood professionals, cultural professionals, everyone was there.

All the conferences were filmed, as well as the shows, and video interviews of some of the speakers were made. We will make them available as soon as possible
A written synthesis on the same model as the 2020 edition is currently being produced by Naly Gérard (journalist).

These archive documents are very important for us: they will allow us to disseminate to as many people as possible – and especially to those who were unable to attend – the richness of the exchanges during these meetings.
They will be available from the end of April/beginning of May.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones and continue to work towards awakening the art and culture of the little ones, to nourish and develop their imagination and to accompany them as best you can on the sensitive paths of life!

And don’t hesitate to give us your feedback on this event, which is close to our hearts and which combines all the fundamental reasons for ACTA’s action over the past 30 years!

ERASMUS+ Project

The ACTA company is about creations, cultural actions, residencies, a biennial event, but also a training project for early childhood professionals on a European scale!

Since 2020, we have been running a training project financed by ERASMUS+, in collaboration with the town of Mitry-Mory and the Communauté d’Agglomération Roissy Pays de France, with three European partners: 2turvenhoog (Almere, Netherlands), Starcatchers (Edinburgh, Scotland) and LaSala Teatre (Sabadell, Spain). Every three months or so, a delegation of early childhood professionals (from all backgrounds) from each of the partners travels to each country to observe, analyse and share practices, particularly concerning the artistic development of young children.

The project has been extended until 2023 due to the pandemic, but we have been able to carry out a transnational preparatory meeting and three learning mobilities since 2021.

For more information, please visit HERE

La synthèse du Forum Européen des 7 et 8 octobre est disponible !

Crédits : Slaven Rébélo

« L’édition 2020 des Premières Rencontres fut exceptionnelle en raison du contexte de la pandémie de Covid-19. Les différentes mesures liées à l’état d’urgence sanitaire (la fermeture des lieux
de spectacles puis le confinement à partir du 17 mars) ont conduit l’équipe d’ACTA à reporter l’édition initialement prévue du 16 mars au 4 avril. La Biennale européenne en Val-d’Oise et Seine-et-Marne a finalement eu lieu à l’automne en version très réduite : seuls trois spectacles sur les dix programmés ont pu être présentés. Le Forum européen a, quant à lui, pu se dérouler les 7 et 8 mars à l’Espace Marcel Pagnol de Villiers-le-Bel (95).

L’équipe d’ACTA a fait preuve d’une grande capacité d’adaptation en aménageant l’évènement en fonction des limitations concernant les déplacements d’intervenants venant d’autres régions ou de l’étranger, et le nombre de participants autorisés. Cela a entraîné bien sûr des regrets. Celui de ne pouvoir accueillir Jean-Michel Anouman Adiko, Ève Ledig, Louise Allaire, Rhona Matheson, Michael Lurse et Ingrid Wolff. Celui, également, de ne pouvoir recevoir tous ceux qui s’étaient inscrits en nombre – en particulier les professionnels de la petite enfance. Si quelques incidents
techniques ont perturbé la retransmission en direct des échanges, ce Forum européen 2020 a correspondu, pour l’essentiel, à ce dont le directeur d’ACTA, Laurent Dupont, avait rêvé. Les conférences-débats et les tables rondes, animées par la journaliste Dominique Duthuit, spécialiste du jeune et très jeune public depuis trente ans, ont traité de sujets de fond : l’importance
de nourrir culturellement les bébés, la situation des enfants ayant une autre langue à la maison, les enjeux de la création artistique avec les tout-petits ou encore l’intérêt des échanges internationaux.

Nous bouclons ce compte-rendu pendant le deuxième confinement, débuté le 30 octobre 2020, au moment où les théâtres sont à nouveau fermés au public. « Cette période oblige à se réinventer, déclare Laurent Dupont. À repenser la relation avec nos partenaires, à faire plus attention à eux, à réinventer notre contact et nos liens avec le public. C’est enfin un moment pour faire valoir le caractère essentiel de nos actions auprès des partenaires institutionnels. Et n’oublions pas que nous allons nous retrouver ! » »

Naly Gérard – Journaliste

Retrouvez la synthèse complète illustrée de Naly Gérard :Festival Premières Rencontres – Synthèse du Forum Européen des 7 et 8 octobre 2020

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