ATYA was first founded as ACTA (Asian Children’s Theatre Alliance) in Okinawa in November 2004 by festivals in Okinawa, Taipei, Shanghai and Seoul, with the aim of promoting Asian theatre for children and young people to the world.
In 2007, the member festivals started the cooperative framework to organise the festivals around the same period of the year in order to develop the quality of each festival by co-inviting productions and producing collaborative projects. The festivals also decided to take turns to host ACTF (Asian Children’s Theatre Festival) which focused on Asian theatre for children and young people with the aim of promoting Asian productions to the world. The first edition in 2007 was held in Seoul, followed by Taipei in 2008, Okinawa in 2009, Seoul in 2011 and Okinawa in 2012. The Asian Focus in Okinawa in 2012 was one of the biggest factors that the festival was selected to host the very first ASSITEJ International Meeting.
In 2009, the name of the network was changed from ACTA to ATYA (Asian Alliance of Theatre for Young Audiences).
In March 2013, the ATYA meeting was held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Hisashi Shimoyama, producer of the International Theater Festival OKINAWA for Young Audience, was assigned to be the chairman of the network, and the network made a fresh start.
ATYA website: atyafests.net
International Theater Festival OKINAWA for Young Audience (Okinawa/Japan)
- ASSITEJ Korea Festival (Seoul/Korea)
- Festival PUM (Hwaseong/Korea)
- Kaohsiung Children’s Art Education Festival (Kaohsiung/Taiwan)
- Gimcheon International Family Theater Festival (Gimcheon/Korea)
- China Association of Performing Arts (Beijing/China)
- Shanghai International Children Theatre Festival (Shanghai/China)
- Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education (Hong Kong)
- Guangxi CYCT Culture lnvestment Co.Ltd (Nanning City/China)
- ACE! Festival (Singapore)
- PETA: Philippines Educational Theater Association (Manila/Philippines)
- Little People Big View Festival (Shanghai)