De Krakeling

De Krakeling

The theater is part of the Foundation’s Youth Theatre, that was established in 1971, the youth programs and youth performances in the Krakeling and elsewhere in and around Amsterdam. Annually in this theater 250 performances take place and approximately 40,000 visitors attend it. The theater has a flat floor. The Krakeling was founded in 1978 by Hans Snoek. It was the first theater building in the Netherlands specifically for youth theater. Children’s Theatre De Krakeling in Amsterdam is not only the most popular children’s and youth theater in the whole Europe, but it also organized the project of art education for teenagers. In this theater is actively practiced interaction between actors and audience that gives a unique experience to children who come to the show, but also allows you to experience new emotions and vivid memories. De Krakeling is the only one theater in the city today, offering only children’s productions. In this children’s theater are traditionally only the best performances for children and adolescents in such genres as puppetry, dance and music to audiences of two to 17 years.

The theater is housed in a building from 1887 made in Dutch Renaissance style, with a red brick facades and pointed Gothic-like arches. The building was originally called a gymnasium, the Turnhallen or Turn Building. There were several gymnastic clubs based, including KTV Olympia. The original gymnasium was split in commissioning as a theater in 1978 in a theater room, a cloakroom and a lobby. The low construction between the corner pavilions is more recent. This space was originally for storing gym equipment and is now the theater reception. On the facade of the theater there is a plaque commemorating the Second World War. The text on the plaque reads: “To our fallen comrades 1940 – 1945. The building was designated in 2001 as a national monument.

The Krakeling has been the theater for the youth in the heart of Amsterdam since 1978. Annually, more than 40,000 children and young people experience the best youth performances in this theater. A first encounter they will not soon forget. In addition, for more than seven years in the Amsterdam children’s theater there is a special program in which other theater organizations represent here their own performances. In De Krakeling master classes, workshops, exhibitions, lectures and more also held.

The theater receive funding from the City of Amsterdam and the Performing Arts Fund. In addition, they are looking for support by various funds, private partners and friends for the project.

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De Krakeling
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Great children's theater housing in a historical building on a very nice location. Very close by Leidseplein and easy to reach even with public transportation.
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