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International Festival NAKS 2024

Festival NAKS offers a chance to experience novel performances across a variety of genres – the programme has been created first and foremost for children and young people while remaining captivating for the whole family and inspiring teachers and theatremakers alike.


The 19th annual theatre festival aimed at children and young people will span over five days, longer than in previous years. Tartu will be packed with new productions from home and abroad. NAKS resembles an autumn oasis: a safe place to discover oneself, notice others, contemplate, articulate, engage in creativity or perceive it from afar. It is a space where communication takes place in various forms: in silence and dialogues, through looks and body language, in the air and on the canvas, through words and visuals.


Under the leadership of ASSITEJ Estonia, NAKS, the international theatre festival for young audiences, will delight theatre enthusiasts from November 5th to 9th, 2024. The festival offers exciting experiences and inspiration to people of all ages: children, youth, their families, teachers, and theatre practitioners. NAKS brings together different perspectives and creative solutions from which everyone can learn. Come and experience events atypical in daily life: physical theatre, contemporary circus, toddler theatre, or drama theatre characterised by clever solutions. In addition, NAKS will host a mini-conference on children’s and youth culture and a public reading of plays, offering a chance to participate in discussions, workshops, and lectures.

The festival showcases the diversity of theatre aimed at young audiences, the absence of boundaries and taboos, and an honest approach towards the viewers. Theatre reaches the audience in all its glory: viewers will get to experience visual and puppet theatre, spoken, dance, and musical performances, as well as contemporary circus. Original music and choreography play a significant role in the productions. Additionally, the programme takes into consideration target groups at whom fewer plays tend to be aimed, such as babies or young people with special needs (including those with hearing and visual impairments, and those on the autism spectrum). Foreign guests and troupes from Northern and Baltic countries, Slovakia, and Scotland are also present.

We invite children and young people, along with their families and teachers, to witness performances, participate in workshops, and take part in discussions!


Excellent collaborators from Estonia and abroad will be acquired through an open call. New contacts and meetings create opportunities for collaboration and inspire the creation of versatile theatre aimed at young audiences. Representatives of theatres and those who simply enjoy the craft can enjoy high-quality local and international theatre. An adolescent is an equal cultural companion to adults, deserving of playful and diverse theatre art of uncompromising quality!