The Children’s Biennale Begins – A Diverse Programme for the Youngest

The Fifth Kaleidoscope of Culture will mark the end of summer in Novi Sad this year as well, and from 1 September to 7 October, it will focus on the culture of togetherness through architecture, literature, performing, visual and applied arts. Part of the European Capital of Culture legacy project will be the Biennale of Stage Design, of which the Children’s Biennale, a programme consisting of numerous workshops for children aged 6 to 10, is a part.

The programme begins on Sunday, 13 March, when the first in a series of workshops will be held in the SCENlab space at the Faculty of Technical Sciences from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The workshops will introduce children to the world of art and show them all the charms of theatre and architecture. Workshops within the programme of the Children’s Biennale will take place once a month (and more often if necessary), on Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The maximum number of participants in the workshops is 15, and those interested can apply by email at

The author: Lena Jankov

As part of the accompanying programme of the Sterijino Pozorje festival, each of the workshops will cover a specific topic in order to create a semi-finished product that will be completed during the workshops at the Biennale of Stage Design and the exhibition in the shop windows by the Šok zadruga (Shock Cooperative) in Zmaj Jovina 22. The workshops will initially design a stage, which will later be used as a screen for all three forms of dealing with puppets: for puppets, for guignols and for masks. The workshops will be diverse. Participants will first make puppets from various materials with moving parts, which are controlled by thread or wire (marionettes), then they will try to make a ‘hand’ puppet, one that the puppeteer puts on his hand like a glove and moves by moving his fingers (guignol puppet). In the end, using different materials, children will make face masks, which will create the final product.


The author: Lena Jankov

Stories and plays, stages and puppets will be designed at the Biennale, while in the finals, workshop participants will present a short play.

The Biennale of Stage Design is implemented in partnership with the SCEN Centre for Stage Design, Architecture and Technology and the ‘Novi Sad 2021 – European Capital of Culture’ Foundation.

Foto: V. Veličković