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two audience juries

Children’s jury

Since the opinion of kids aged 8 to 12 plays an important role at a children’s theatre festival, 9 jurors have come together to form the children’s jury.

Together, we will attend the various productions, pique our curiosity by jumping into the thicket of festival events and mingle with visitors and artists alike. Towards the end of the week, we will engage in discussion until our heads spin because we as the children’s jury are tasked with awarding a prize of €1,000 to our favourite play of the 2023 WESTWIND festival.

To prepare, we went to the theatre and met in workshops in advance to figure out what constitutes a special theatre experience for us and identify criteria to evaluate the plays we saw.
We are: Freya Fasting, Hannah Klinkertz, Isabella Krause, Rufus Meuskens, Luisa Änne Riester, Amelie Stenglein, Milena Stiebens, Teo Clavo Tegtmeyer, Matteo Wilhelm


Youth jury

Nine participants between the ages of 13 and 20 have come together as a youth jury to accompany the Westwind festival at Theater Marabu.

To prepare for our jury duties, we went to see several plays in Bonn and met for a workshop during the Easter holidays. In this workshop, we tried out theatre techniques, improvisation and movements first-hand and came up with criteria for evaluating the Westwind plays. We are looking forward to being part of the festival, gaining many new impressions and exchanging ideas with new people – and thus exploring new perspectives. 

At the end of the festival, we will award 1,000 euros in prize money to a production of our choosing.

Participants: Noemi Anspach, Bahar Gel, Gustav Hellmann, Mika Koc, Milan Koslowsky, Lizika Schmitz, Ronja Simon, Lilith Talloen, Sarah Uwimana

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Nele Eilbrecht studied theatre education at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences (Lingen). In 2021, after two seasons at Theater Paderborn, she went back to the independent scene dedicated to theatre and social work: doing outreach, performing, creating spaces, innovating, accompanying and reflecting. In her work, she constantly strives to find creative and fun ways to bring different people together, strike up conversation and promote exploration.

Photo: Thomas Handke

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Judith Niggehoff is a choreographer, dance instructor, performer and theatre educator. She studied special education with a focus on aesthetic education and is also qualified in dance education. She is a co-founder of the independent performance collective Konnective and choreographs for the Import Export Kollektiv. Together with Vivien Musweiler, she directs the teen ensemble at Theater Marabu as well as the youth club Polylux at Schauspiel Köln with Burak Şengüler.

Photo: Klaus Rosen