About ricca ricca*festa
ricca ricca*festa (Official Name: International Theater Festival OKINAWA for Young Audiences) is an international festival of performing arts for children, young people and their families which has taken place in Okinawa annually since 2005. ricca ricca*festa 2017 is the 14th edition including the first festival in 1994.
The festival presents high-quality productions which are carefully selected with the motto of ‘productions which can be enjoyed from 0 year old to adults’.
ricca ricca*festa does not only present productions but also organises networking programme, symposium and workshop for TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) practitioners in Asia and beyond. It is a popular summer event for local families and at the same timean active platform for artists and professionals worldwide.
history + missions
International Theater Festival OKINAWA for Young Audiences first took place in 1994, organised jointly in several towns in the middle of Okinawa, as the very first international performing arts festival for families in Asia. After several smaller events, it restarted in 2005 in Okinawa City with a nickname Kijimuna Festa. It was the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa and the festival declared that it is ‘a festival which seeks for peace with children’. Since then the festival has taken place every year and 2017 marks its 14th edition. In 2014, the 10th anniversary since the restart, the festival moved its home from Okinawa City to Naha City and changed its nickname to ricca ricca*festa.
The festival’s mission is to share the emotional experience with families and friends, to proceed to the peaceful world by accepting the difference and interacting, to be a hub of TYA in Asia, and to cultivate creative human resources through the experience at the festival. The festival does not only present high-quality productions for children and young people from all over the world, but also actively organises symposiums, workshops, networking programmes and international co-productions.
Please click below to see the programme from each year.
ATYA - Asian Alliance of Festivals and Theatres for Young Audiences
ATYA is an open network which was founded in order to develop TYA in Asia and promote it to the world through festivals. It started as ACTA (Asian Children's Theatre Alliance) in Okinawa in November 2004 by 4 festivals in Taipei, Shanghai, Seoul and Okinawa.
In 2007, ATYA started the partnership structure to organise the festivals around the same time of the year and to produce synergistic effect by sharing programmes and co-productions.
At the ATYA Meeting in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in March 2013, ricca ricca*festa was selected as the Chair Festival of ATYA. Since then ATYA welcomed new members from China, Singapore and Philippines and has continued to develop and contribute to the TYA in Asia. In April 2017 ricca ricca*festa completed the term and the chair was passed on to Taiwan Dot Go Festival.
ATYA currently has 14 members around East and South East Asia and aims to connect with more festivals and organisations in the regions.
ATYA website: atyafests.net
Festival Official Items
Available at the Festival Ticket Center until 30th July.