Never Grow Up!

Dutch youth films, literature and performing arts are touring the USA as we speak.

Throughout 2019, Never Grow Up! Dutch film, literature and performing arts for young audiences presents an abundance of Dutch artistry in the United States. A wide range of work from the Netherlands for young audiences and families will be presented and shared at festivals, conferences and other platforms, all representing a respect for young people and dedication to youth culture as an autonomous art form.

A multidisciplinary collaboration between expert organizations on film, literature and performing arts and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York, the program aims to stimulate the dissemination and visibility of Dutch youth arts as well as cultural exchange and partnerships with renowned US-based presenters and organizations.

Dutch Youth Art
Dutch youth arts are known for their artistry and high production value while often tackling challenging subjects, ranging from the commercial to the chaotic, the playful to provocative and poetic, the silly to the serious, and everything in between. Filmmakers, writers and performers take children and their personal experiences seriously. Unafraid to take artistic risks, publicly-funded makers, in particular, like to go off the beaten path of typical children’s stories and address topical issues head-on. At the same time, Dutch youth arts are characterized by their sense of humour, playfulness and light take on things, and are equally enjoyed by grown-ups.

Never Grow Up! presents Dutch film, literature, (music) theatre and dance that caters to young audiences and families at events and venues such as IPAY Showcase, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Kennedy Center, New York International Children's Film Festival and Brooklyn Book Festival. Presenters and agencies are invited to attend screenings, readings and performances, meet directors, writers and performers, and engage with representatives of Dutch expert organisations to discuss opportunities for collaboration and exchange.

Seeking collaboration
During Kidscreen Summit in Miami (11-14 February), Cinekid was the host of a networking moment together with NTR and Ketnet. Our general director Floor van Spaendonck was present to talk with American and international producers, buyers, programmers and agencies about possible partnerships and collaborations.

The programme is a joint effort of Dutch Performing Arts, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York, Eye International, Netherlands Film Fund, Cinekid, Dutch Foundation for Literature, and DutchCulture. More information can soon be found on

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