Idea of Brave Kids

Bringing together kids from all over the world. Our mission is to bring together children from all over the world in an atmosphere of friendship and respect for each other's cultures. We do so by joining together children in artistic experiences aimed to inspire them to imagine a better future for themselves and their communities, and provide them with tools to help realize their aspirations. 

Brave Kids also aims to nurture cross-cultural understanding amongst the next generation by connecting young people from different countries and backgrounds through shared creative projects. By providing a platform for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and teachers, mentors and activists who champion their rights, Brave Kids also hopes to stimulate debate and positive change to help address the inequalities facing children around the world.

Under the guidance of the project facilitators, the young participants are also supported to teach and lead each other, encouraging them to exchange ideas, skills and approaches. The Brave Kids provides creative process with the young participants giving the opportunity to express themselves and their culture. Participants are supported to discover their own unique potential and value, which raises their confidence and aspirations.

By collaborating with other young people from diverse backgrounds around a performance project, the participants develop the ability to communicate, learn to understand difference and to celebrate common experience. This valuable and exciting artistic process nurtures the emotional and social development of its young participants, helping them to make positive steps towards transformation in their own lives and in their communities in the long-term. 

Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche

The Brave Kids educational - artistic project came to life as a result of the inspiration of one incredible man Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche, a Tibetan lama, physician and philanthropist, who established the charity organisation ROKPA International. ROKPA has been carrying out   educational and relief projects for more than 35 years in many places such as Nepal, Tibetan parts of China, South Africa and Zimbabwe, as well as in Europe. Dr. Akong Rinpoche used to say that we should pay special attention to children's development as they would shape the future of our world and that children must be given a chance to share skills and the freedom to create. This main idea entails other ones such as consideration for the diversity of cultures and tradition, cultivating the mother tongue, and the exchange of experience among group leaders.

During the Brave Kids pilot edition in 2009, 3 groups of young artists met for the first time. In 2016, during the 7th edition, 144 kids from 24 artistic groups from 19 countries will participate from all over the world. Brave Kids is growing before our eyes. Let's help children blossom! The total ticket revenue from the Brave Festival. Against cultural exile is annually allocated to educational projects run by ROKPA International. 

What is Brave Kids?

  • A voice for brave kids.  We let them speak and - thanks to this - the restore their dignity. Our aspiration to help them preserve their beliefs gives them strength to deal with everyday life.
  • Art that Enables dialogue . Children from distant corners of the world can learn and understand the most universal of languages - the language of art.
  • Sharing culture instead of cultural divisions . Children will work on their joint performance, contributing with a small piece of themselves and their culture. The things that make them different will be a driving force to find common ground. The young creators will play a dual role - they will be both teachers and learners.
  • Training in effectiveness.  Children of varying backgrounds will take part in Brave Kids. Their cooperation, as equals, will give them the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty.
  • Giving equal opportunities.  Brave Kids is more than just a seasonal event. We would like to ESTABLISH a long-lasting cooperation with youth groups all over the world and institutions dealing with youth threatened with social excusion, in order to continue and develop similar projects in the future. We want to encourage sharing experiences in working with children, securing funding and establishing international partnerships.