Crowdfunding Tifli-International TYA festival

What is Tifli

Tifli, which means "Childhood" or "Bachpan" is an International Theatre for Young Audience (TYA) festival. Since 2014  Tifli is being organised every year by Assitej India in New Delhi. Hyderabad and Mumbai joined Tifli as satellite festival since 2015 and 2016 respectively. 


In Last 3 years Tifli has featured teams from Denmark, Germany, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, France, Iran and Sri Lanka. From India we have had some of the finest theatre groups such as Habib Tanvir's Naya Theatre, Rangshankara Theatre from Bangalore, Katkatha Puppet Art trust from Delhi, Indian mime theatre of Niranjan Goswami from Kolkata etc. The festival has showcased performances across genere such as puppet theatre, Object Theatre, Mime, Music theatre and Theatre for Toddlers (for children between 2 to 5 years). 


Tifli has organised International Youth Residency for young artists so that they can learn the art within the set up of a professional atmosphere. Young artists from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Argentina, USA, South Africa, Luxembourg, Iceland, Ireland, Austria, Germany and Japan, has attended it. Each year Tifli welcome 20000-25000 Children across three cities. These children comes from various backgrounds. They are from Rich International Schools to Children from NGO's and also rehabilitation centres. 

What Tifli offers in 2017

In 2017 Tifli will be organised in three cities Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai between 3-9 December 2017.

  • In 2017 France is the focus country and we will be featuring 3 shows from France and one Indo-French collaborative production.
  • Theatre Mun from South Korea will present their show "Grandfather Mangtae Comes".
  • Nine plays from All over India, Cities such as Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Delhi.
  • Installations, introducing Children to Theatre and French Culture.
  • Workshops for Children.
  • Master Classes for artists and School Facilitators. 
  • Painting and other art competitions for Children.
  • Reserve shows and seats in each event for children coming from underpriviladge background.

Why Crowd Funding?

While Tifli is an important, entertaining and educating event unfortunately it doesn't has support from Government and private sponsors as it deserve. Government gives very little support, may be 10% of the total budget and private sponsors feel there's enough mileage for them as in the same amount they can promote their products on television and can reach larger audience. We also do not charge tickets to watch the shows as we dont want money to become a reason to say "No" to festival and it should have access to all. In the past also festival has survived mainly from support of well wishers, theatre lovers and International Cultural Centres.

Request for Support

This year we want to reach out to more children, bring exclusive events for them and make the venue an interactive zone so that just the visit of to festival is memorable for them. We have big dreams but little support. All of you can help us in fulfilling these dreams into reality. You can help us reserve more spaces for children from underprivileged backgrounds.