Wave of Dutch youth arts in the United States

Wave of Dutch youth arts in the United States

Throughout 2019, Never Grow Up! presents an abundance of Dutch film, literature and performing arts for young audiences in the United States. A wide range of work from the Netherlands for young audiences and families will be presented and shared at festivals, conferences and other platforms, all representing a respect for young people and dedication to youth culture as an autonomous art form.

A multidisciplinary collaboration between expert organizations on film, literature and performing arts and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York, the program aims to stimulate the dissemination and visibility of Dutch youth arts as well as cultural exchange and partnerships with renowned US-based presenters and organizations.

Uniquely Dutch

Dutch youth arts are known for their artistry and high production value while often tackling challenging subjects, ranging from the commercial to the chaotic, the playful to provocative and poetic, the silly to the serious, and everything in between. Filmmakers, writers and performers take children and their personal experiences seriously. Unafraid to take artistic risks, publicly-funded makers in particular like to go off the beaten path of typical children’s stories and address topical issues head-on. At the same time, Dutch youth arts are characterized by their sense of humor, playfulness and light take on things, and are equally enjoyed by grown-ups.

DutchCulture has picked up on the rise of Dutch youth arts internationally and is publishing a series on Culture for Kids, in which they elaborate the history of our playful upbringing. At the Conference International Culture for kids they exchanged ideas on the uniqueness of Dutch youth arts and presented outstanding showcases.

Year-long celebration of Dutch youth arts

Never Grow Up! will present Dutch film, literature, (music) theater and dance that caters to young audiences and families at numerous events and venues such as IPAY Showcase, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Kennedy Center, New York International Children's Film Festival and Brooklyn Book Festival.

Presenters and agencies are invited to attend screenings, readings and performances, meet directors, writers and performers, and engage with representatives of Dutch expert organizations to discuss opportunities for collaboration and exchange.

More information about Never Grow Up can be found on www.dutchcultureusa.com/nevergrowup.