59th edition
21-24 March 2022
Bologna - Italy

The 2021 selected illustrators

The 2021 Exhibition “The Children-Spectators” organised within the framework of the “Mapping – A map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early years” received 584 illustrations from 61 countries and regions.

The Jury - made up of Roberto Frabetti (Teatro Testoni – La Baracca, Jury Chairman), Giorgia Grilli (University of Bologna), Giulia Orecchia (illustrator) and Maurizio Quarello (illustrator, Macerata Academy) selected 35 illustrations from 20 countries and regions, namely Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA.

The illustrators selected have been included in the exhibition “The Children-Spectators” to be discovered online at BCBF Galleries and on Visioni online of the Visioni di futuro – Visioni di teatro Festival of Bologna’s Teatro La Baracca Testoni Ragazzi.

The winners will be automatically candidates to be part of the large itinerant exhibition marking the conclusion of the “Mapping” project, organised by several institutions in partnership with BolognaFiere/ Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and including a selection of the most interesting illustrations making up the annual “Children-Spectators” Exhibitions, together with the illustrations of the four artists invited to collaborate with the research project’s various working groups. After showing at the 2023 Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the exhibition will then tour the partner cities during the international 2023 Season Festivals.


  • Simona Bursi
  • Italy
  • Lo stupore del bambino spettatore
  • Tzu-Chun Chang
  • Taiwan
  • virtual reality
  • Joy Dabby
  • USA
  • Shelf Life
  • Gee Fan Eng
  • Malaysia
  • The Museum
  • Kajetana Fidler-Jaccottet
  • Poland
  • Fiddler on the Roof.
  • Nella Gatica
  • Argentina
  • "DONDE SE ABRE UN LIBRO NACE UNA HISTORIA"
  • Abigail Hicks
  • Ireland
  • A night at the Panto
  • Kaiming Liu
  • China
  • Animal's Rhapsody
  • Thea Lu
  • China
  • Spring Show
  • BEATRIZ MARIN URBAN
  • Spain
  • ¡¡Beee!! ¡¡Bee Happy!! Editorial Algar. Calcetín Teatro. Alzira, 2020
  • Siming Ma
  • China
  • Welcome to the wonderful world
  • Gajate molina Mariajose
  • Spain
  • Behind the walls
  • Rocío Mikulic
  • Argentina
  • Only possibilities
  • Manuela Montoya Escobar
  • Colombia
  • Early morning
  • Alice Negrelli
  • Italy
  • Piccolo Pablo Picasso alla corrida
  • Fátima Ordinola Guerra
  • Peru
  • Primera llamada
  • Sunhee Park
  • South Korea
  • No one can shade you.
  • Ola Rek
  • Poland
  • All Together
  • Maria Florencia Rodriguez Actis
  • Argentina
  • Enlighten
  • Soledad Rodríguez
  • Spain
  • Un dia en el museo
  • Nadia Romero Marchesini
  • Argentina
  • "On the shoulders of giants"
  • Benedetta Sala
  • Italy
  • I bambini di Hamelin
  • Julia Schigal
  • Russia
  • Evening performance
  • Victoria Semykina
  • Russia
  • François Truffaut, Il bambino che amava il cinema, Kite Edizioni, Padova, 2019
  • Sozapato Sofía Zapata
  • Ecuador
  • BE THEATER
  • Viktória Takács
  • Hungary
  • The magical end of the winter
  • Dide Tengiz
  • United Kingdom
  • Hot Chocolate and Shadow Puppets
  • Elena Val
  • Spain
  • Impaciencia mágica
  • Arthur Vergani
  • Italy
  • The following marching band
  • Sanprapha Vudhivorn
  • Thailand
  • When the Curtain of the Last Act Opens
  • Dongni Wei
  • China
  • A Bug Hunt
  • volkan akmese
  • Turkey
  • The Acrobat and The Boy
  • poppy li
  • Taiwan
  • when it starts
  • daniela pareschi
  • Italy
  • dai SALTA!
  • yalda rasekhi
  • Iran
  • kid and magic carpet
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