Since 2019, Bologna Children’s Book Fair is partner of the European Union’s four-year project to investigate the relationship between early childhood and the performing arts, Mapping - a map on the aesthetics of performing art for early years, that has included the annual illustration contest The Children Spectators.
An artistic research project supported by the European Union within the Creative Europe programme, in which the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is a partner, the initiative has involved 18 institutions, theatres and artists from 17 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), led by La Baracca - Testoni Ragazzi Theatre, the youth and children’s theatre in the city of Bologna.
"Mapping" is proposed as an experimental mapping project, a field research involving performers, academics, and illustrators for children’s book entrusted with the task of interpreting the concept of children- spectators of a performative event (theater, dance, music, circus, etc.), in which the performer meets a young audience.
The project hosted each year a selection of illustrators participating in the “Children-Spectators” competition. In 2023, the end of the project was celebrated with a large exhibition - still online on BCBF Galleries - that brought together the works selected in the four previous editions of the contest, together with works created specially by four great names in international illustration: Fabian Negrin, Manuel Marsol, Katsumi Komagata and Klaas Verplancke.
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