KidsPatch celebrates New Children’s Creativity!
Presented since 2008, KidsPatch was started in Belgrade, Serbia and has so far already reached large numbers of young participants, not only in Belgrade but also promptly spreading around Europe and the U.S. through guest appearances at festivals and special commissioned program co-productions.
It is conceived as an innovative laboratory, a mini-festival on the move which consists of series of activities for kids, prevailently in the fields of contemporary music, graphic art, performance and new media. It is a 100% participatory program which utilizes an intuitive and forward-thinking approach to children’s creative education within the context of arts and culture.
Working closely with the artists, children are discovering many new skills, while also developing peculiar sensibilities in regard to the processes of creation and presentation of creative content. In most of the cases, the results are immediately visible and are presented as an integral part of the program - in the form concerts, exhibitions, activity areas, installations, performances and screenings.
The concept has been internationally presented at festivals such as TodaysArt (The Hague, NL) and Unsound (New York, Krakau), as well as the Communikey Festival (Boulder, USA) in 2009. KidsPatch is also one of the main features of the CMKY/Dis-patch collaborative tour entitled ViceVerse; workshops were held at various locations across the USA, including the Missoula Children’s Museum, the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco, the Joshua Tree Music Festival or the Bright Lights intiative in Philadelphia, and will continue to be an integral part of all future VV guest programs. In July 2010, KidsPatch was featured at the inaugural Biennial of the Americas in Denver, and later the same year was part of The Knot project in Bucharest and Elevate festival in Graz. In 2011. we were program partners with New Era and Mikser festivals from Belgrade. KidsPatch participated in the Sound&Visions festival from Majdanpek in Eastern Serbia, and was part of the ViceVerse phase 2 tour in Europe and programs for kids were organized in Slovenia, Macedonia, Germany and Sweden.
Our wish and determination is to continue to develop intriguing projects in collaboration with international artists, as well bringing those programs to the kids around the world, and to focus on working with specific and/or marginalized groups of children.