November 2009 is the 12th edition of the annual theatre festival Jonge Harten.
Jonge Harten is the theatre festival in Groningen programmed with daring shows and exciting performances mainly by young makers (aged 14-30) for a young audience (aged 12-30).
Jonge Harten offers its audience theatre, music, dance and crossovers between these disciplines by (inter) national as well as regional (semi) professional companies. Pre-show workshops are organised regularly and a mobile bar will bring together audience and makers for after-show conversations.
Jonge Harten has set strong ambitions for the future. In 2012 we will still be an artistic, eight-day theatre festival with a satellite programming in the Northern provinces; a festival which will welcome over 10,000 young visitors and participants.
Furthermore, in the next four years, Jonge Harten will see itself develop into a nationally aknowledged and valued quality brand for bringing together youth and theatre. We develop and keep guard of content and marketing expertise that is shared locally, regionally and (inter) nationally.
Jonge Harten will strengthen her regional function by passing on knowledge in the field of education, by crossovers between amateurs and professionals and through cooperation in the field of programming (satellite festivals). The festival makes use of a small, but nevertheless effective own production platform for special assignments, crossovers and talent development.
Jonge Harten has a modest international network in which we enter alliances with French, German, English, and Belgian theatre makers.
In the next years Jonge Harten will develop into:
- A generator that spreads, (co) produces and makes accessible a qualitative creativeand border crossing programme for youngsters.
- A breeding place and stage for talent development, by organising confrontations which will break borders between sub cultures
- A centre of expertise in the field of youth programming and its aimed marketing
- A recognizable standard under which, time and time again, a large group of young people will be brought together to participate in and taste the arts.