International Theatre In Schools Festival

International Theatre In Schools Festival


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Conditions of entry

Art. 1

The Festival will take place in Sanremo during the GEF Finals. It aims to increase awareness between Schools and Theatre: young people  will perform in theatre plays produced by schools, associations or theatre companies working with under 19 year olds.

The shows will be performed in Sanremo in a suitable venue, morning and afternoon, from Thursday the 4th  to Saturday the 6th of  May. The prize-giving to the winning schools will take place on Saturday evening May the 6th during the final performance of GEF 2023. Participants will be able to attend the SanremoJunior World Finals at the Ariston Theatre on Wednesday evening the 3rd of May, with solo singers from numerous countries performing live accompanied by the SanremoJunior orchestra of 32 musicians. They will also  be able to attend the Finals of the Music, Dance, Gymnastics and Fashion Categories on Thursday evening May the 4th and Friday evening May the 5th.

The Organisation reserves the right to provide more or fewer competition days according to the number of entries.

The Festival will offer the following activities: 

  • Theatre with young people, 
  • Attending other final performances, 
  • Speaking about theatre in schools with young people. 

Art. 2 

Associations, Theatre Companies of any kind, Foundations, Italian and foreign state and private recognized schools, in the following sections, may participate: 

           A – Primary Schools

           B – Junior High Schools 

           C – High Schools 

           D – Special Section: Experimental Theatre in a foreign language – Italian Schools presenting

     in French or English and foreign schools presenting in Italian, French or English. 

           E – Theatre Schools including Associations, Theatre Companies and Foundations with school

     age children aged 6 to 19.


Performances prepared by students and teachers (with the possible collaboration of extramural  staff) may concern any one of the following:

– Classical theatre (original or reworked) or the abridged version of a play

– Contemporary theatre (original or reworked) or the abridged version of a play

– Nursery and primary school theatre (original or reworked) or the abridged version of a play

Each body may suggest 1 or 2 different plays with different students. The same student may not participate in more than one performance.

Registration Fees

€ 150 – Competition entry fee for each body (Association, Theatre Company of any kind, State and Private Schools), which may submit 1 or 2 performances for selection.

€ 250 – Fee for each performance admitted to the Sanremo Final.

The GEF Selection Committee will select the plays that will participate in the Eurotheatre Final in Sanremo at its sole discretion.

Art. 3 

Schools wishing to participate must send the enclosed entry form addressed exclusively to: KISMET s.r.l. – GEF – “Eurotheatre” – via Roma 166 – 18038 Sanremo – Italy, by 28 February 2023 (date of postmark).

Art. 4 

Applications must include the following, under penalty of exclusion: 

  • A description in duplicate describing the origin of the play (original classical, re-written text or other) and some brief director’s notes that allow for a better understanding of the research that led to the elaboration and development of the theatrical work in question and its most relevant features.
  • The text in duplicate of the play and any other relevant  material (including work in progress).
  • The list of the members of the theatre troupe (actors, directors and organizers) stating name,        

surname, date of birth and if possible a photo if the entire troupe. All actors must be students of the school at the time of participation. 

  • Proof of the registration fee payment:

Registration fee of € 150 (net) for every participating body: State and private schools,

associations, theatre companies of any kind.

Payments of the registration fees must be made to this account:


Beneficiary: KISMET s.r.l. 

Purpose for payment: DEPOSIT (please state the name of the school)

IBAN: IT 59 G 02008 49090 000010138260


No credit cards accepted.

Art. 5

All material sent remains the property of the GEF, for the uses permitted by law.

Art. 6 

Performances shall not exceed thirty minutes. Each School, Association, School Company may have its own movable stage  elements that do not require any assembly on site, bearing in mind that they will have twenty minutes before and twenty minutes after the performance for the necessary operations. Rehearsals will not be possible. Each admitted Body shall provide directly for the set design, costumes and anything else needed to put the performance on stage.

Art. 7 

Selection of the admitted performance(s) to the Sanremo Final will be communicated to the Bodies by  March the 12th, 2023. Calendar performance dates will be communicated at a later date. 

Admitted Schools, Associations, Theatre Companies must confirm in writing (by e-mail/by registered mail)  by the 17th of March 2023, including duly confirmed forms (a,b,c,d,e), received with our confirmation:

  1. a) The technical form;
  2. b) The SIAE (Copyright) form;
  3. c) The SIAE release form for performances that require it. All participating schools whose texts are

    not subject to SIAE, must send a disclaimer  to the Organising Committee;

  1. d) The hotel reservation form (payment by March the 24th, 2023);
  2. e) A list with all official participants, teachers, head and accompanying persons;
  3. f) A copy of the receipt for the payment of €250 for each performance selected for the Sanremo


It is compulsory for each school selected for the Final Stage to take part in the activities mentioned in Art. 1, participating for at least 3 days in total with a minimum of 3 overnight stays, but 4 overnight stays are advisable (arrival May the 3rd, departure May the 7th, 2023).

Art. 8 

Internships/Master Classes

During the days of the festival, training sessions will be organised, as Internships or Master Classes, held by renowned professionals in the sector. The topics will be consistent with  the Festival’s objectives and will be profiled and defined on the basis of the types of finalist (schools) in order to be most effective. Training, participation fee and the registration forms will be sent subsequently to all the finalist schools that will have the option to decide on their participation.

Art. 9

The main objective of the festival is to offer all participants the opportunity to experience other situations and creative experiences. Performances and the award ceremonies will therefore be opportunities for exchange and mutual listening. A price has been arranged for accommodation (minimum 3 overnight stays for the Theatre and Musical competitions) for the finalists, accompanying persons and all those who will have to stay to take part in the final stage of GEF 2023. Types and conditions of which can be found on the website For organisational and control reasons, such bookings must be made through GEF (only schools in the province of Imperia are excluded).

Each School, Association, Theatre Company participating in the final stage will be sent the form by the Organisation in charge of bookings with the relevant instructions.

Considering the thousands of participants in the final stages of the various competitions, from Italy and abroad, it is advisable to book as early as possible to be able to arrange the type of accommodation more easily.

Official participants in the Sanremo final stages of all competitions will receive GEF gadgets.

All finalist schools will be included in the official bilingual (Italian/English) GEF Catalogue with the relevant teacher.

Art. 10


The selection of the participating works will be carried out by a GEF appointed Committee of experts.

The Jury will consist  of Theatre and School experts.

The decisions of the Committee for the selections for the final stages in Sanremo and of the Jury regarding the awarding of prizes are final and definitive.

Consideration will be given to works in terms of the process rather  than in terms of the spectacular quality of the final product: they may be exportable models that can be proposed in schools, with a focus on the educational effectiveness and consistence with the educational objectives.

The Festival will award the ‘GEF Trophy’ to the winning schools, for each section and the best foreign work.

The prestigious ‘GEF Creativity Award’ will be assigned to a play for the special worth expressed, among the winners of the various sections, but the Jury will have the faculty to award  fewer or other prizes. The Jury’s decisions are final and definite.

All prizes will be awarded to the School that will also receive the GEF Certificate as Finalists.

Prizes will be exclusively delivered on the Stage of the Ariston Theatre to the schools present and cannot be awarded nor handed over afterwards at a later date or sended by mail. 

Art. 11

The final show will take place with performances and awards ceremony for the absolute winners in the Music, Singing, Dance and Fashion competitions on the evening of Saturday May the 6th, 2023 at the Ariston Theatre in Sanremo. Prizes will also be awarded to the winners of other competitions and the GEF 2023 Awards (Entertainment, Music, Sport, Health, etc.) will be presented, including the prestigious ‘Global Education Award’, the only international education award presented every year to personalities and associations who, with thoughts, words and actions, have favoured the development and increase of education.

Art. 12

GEF will require participants to sign the disclaimer (see Art. 13) reserving the right to record and/or film and/or broadcast the event – in whole or parts – by any means (print, photography, radio, television, audiovisual, internet, etc.) as well as to combine the event with one or more promotional/advertising initiatives, without any money owed to the participants or any of them having any claim.

Art. 13

Each Company, School must send for each participant the following signed and filled in forms:  

Information for the processing of personal data pursuant to EU Regulation No. 679/2016 (GDPR)

– Consent form – (disclaimer for the circulation of images) – to broadcast any footage or image  of performances.

Art. 14

In the event of technical/organisational reasons, the final stages of Sanremo may be subject to variations, which will be promptly communicated to the interested parties.

Art. 15

All the works submitted will remain the property of GEF, that  reserves the right to publish them or present them in other shows without any obligation and none of the participants having any claim.

Art. 16

All printed materials and trademarks are protected by Copyright: therefore their use and reproduction by any means is forbidden. Any unauthorised use will be prosecuted according to law.

Art. 17

The Organising Committee, the promoting association and the company in charge of the technical organisation are not responsible for occasional accidents to persons or property either during the journey or throughout the duration of the Festival.

Art. 18

Participation in the event implies knowledge and unconditional acceptance of the rules for the processing of personal data in accordance with EU Regulation No. 679/2016 (GDPR).