Theatre of the Oppressed Festival

Theatre of the Oppressed Festival
13th – 18th DECEMBER 2015
Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Many amazing tools have been developed and we want to learn, teach and share them. To improve our work and inspire others to use these methods we have the focus on the knowledge exchange between many experienced worldwide organizations.

Since 2008 Formaat is part of E-motive – a matchmaking network of organizations around the world, aimed at sharing innovative social solutions to global and local problems. Within this framework, we have conducted exchange programs with Jana Sanskriti from India, CTO Maputo from Mozambique, Combatants for Peace from Israel and Palestine. These organizations use the method Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) as a basic tool and instrument for social change and dialogue. All in a different context, on various topics and in various variations of the method developed by the Brazilian Augusto Boal.

Apotheosis of this longstanding cooperation we bring these groups together during the upcoming festival.

During the festival you will have the possibility of experience workshops lead by each of these groups as well as see their performances live and participate on it. Many other workshops will be also provided. We would like to promote the opportunities for informal learning and contact, by creating spaces where participants and organizations can share knowledge, ideas and dreams.


Please take a look in our program to get more detailed information. We offer full days of workshops, performances, Q&A, exchange and reflection over the different practices in the different parts of the world. You can visit the whole program with a festival pass, get a one-day pass or just see one of the performances.

For whom

Anyone who is interested in using theater as a tool for empowerment, social change and dialogue; social workers, group leaders, experts, theater makers, teachers and youth workers – that work with groups and are involved in the humanization of society.


The festival will take place in Rotterdam, in different locations. The main location is Formaat’s theater, most of the performances will be held in bigger theaters – Maas theater, Islemunda, Theater Zuidplein and ’t Klooster.


Festival pass
€ 550,00 representing an organization/ € 375,00 for individuals
This includes access to all activities during the festival, free lunch and dinner, coffee and tea during breaks in Formaat’s theater. What does NOT include? – (alcoholic) drinks, and transportation between different locations.

Day pass
€ 140,00 representing an organization/ € 100,00 for individuals
This includes access to all daily activities of the chosen day, lunch and dinner etc.

How to register

We have limited number of participants we can accepted. Thus, we recommend you to register as soon as possible. Download this registration form, fill it in carefully and send it to
Note that your registration will only be confirmed after the payment is done via bank transfer. Details of the bank’s account where you should transfer the respective amount are specified in the registration form.

If you have any question, suggestion or remark, please send it to, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Don’t lose this amazing opportunity!
See you soon!

The festival is financially supported by Oxfam Novib/E-motive and the The Cultural Participation Fund. Formaat is organizing this festival with support of ICAF Rotterdam.