Small size Network

The Small size Network was founded as an Artistic International Association in 2007 with the aim to widen the performing arts for early years (0-6 years). The Association promotes training, documentation, artistic events and partnership programs. Since March 2013, the Network is a member of ASSITEJ International.

There are 91 members from 5 continents and 35 different countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, México, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK.

Purpose

The purpose of the Small size Network is to spread the exchange of ideas on performing arts for early years (0-6 years) throughout the world, creating a platform for knowledge and practice exchange in which partners can work together on the development and promotion of projects, events and initiatives for young children and their families. Small size is notable in having received EU funding for three consecutive projects and is one of only a handful of projects for children to receive funding. Continuous support from the European Commission gives recognition to a project that has established and developed a unique European network that promotes the diffusion of performing arts for early years and a culture for childhood, conceiving art as a means to establish relationships and links among countries, citizens and generations. The project supports the children’s right to a full cultural citizenship, encouraging adults to fulfil their duty to pursue this goal.

For more information visit www.smallsize.org.

Small size Days

Small size days is an annual event, taking place over the last weekend of January. Three days dedicated to performances, workshops and other activities for children from 0 to 6 years.

Small size days bring the very youngest children and their families, carers and stakeholders together to recognise that the arts are significant and valued in our lives, from birth onwards.

All activities are organised and presented simultaneously, creating a shared and unique world event.

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Previous Projects

Small size, performing arts for early years (2014-2018)

This seventeen partner project is funded by European Union Creative Europe 2014-2018. Project partners met once a year in a partner city to see work, explore creative processes, workshop, network and share ideas. One of the outcomes of the project is that each partner devised, produced and presented a new work for Early Years audiences. The partners spent time together each year to present works in progress, and to enjoy peer-to-peer learning and critique as the new work developed. As a non-producing festival, Baboró produced its first performance as part of the project. Baboró hosted the Final Event of the project in Galway in early 2018 when it presented Wide Eyes Early Years Festival, a four day festival of Early Years performances, workshops and industry events.

Small size, big citizens (2009 to 2014)

Baboró was invited to partner with eleven European countries to research, develop, disseminate and present cultural activities for Early Years (0 to 6 years). Young children are big citizens and, as such, subjects of rights. Small size, big citizens ‘Widening of the European Network for the diffusion of the performing arts for Early Years’ gave claim to young children’s right to enjoy the arts, to be part of the artistic processes that nourish their emotional intelligence and help them harmoniously develop their sensibilities and competences. To mark the culmination of the project, the Small size partners presented new work and hosted discussions and symposia in the city of Newry as part of Small size Final Event in 2014. For more information, see the Small Size, Big Citizens website.