Having been held every two years since 2000, the panoptikum festival has become a popular event to explore the wide range of children's theatre both from Europe as well as from Bavaria. It covers many different genres for ages 3 to 12.
panoptikum is an excellent place to meet artists, producers, presenters, programmers, and educators from Germany and abroad and enjoy the hospitable and relaxed festival atmosphere in Nuremberg.
For our 11th festival panoptikum we selected 14 pieces from 13 European countries and 5 pieces from Bavaria.
In addition, 5 theaters from Nuremberg showed a production from their repertoire. With the 54 performances over 6 days, we reached around 5,500 spectators and
thus sold about 90% of the tickets.
Anyone who has seen a hundred elementary school children as quiet as a mouse or laughing, but always highly concentrated for one hour following the stage happenings would like to put Panoptikum on the curriculum right away. (Nürnberger Nachrichten)
panoptikum is organized by Theater Mummpitz, an independent children's theatre based at the Children's Cultural Centre "Kachelbau", where the Nuremberg Children's Museum also offers children's cultural activities. Since Theater Mummpitz was founded in 1980 more than 50 productions have been created for children age of 4 and up. The repertoire currently comprises twelve plays, most of which are mobile. In addition, Theater Mummpitz offers a varied theatre education programme and regularly takes its productions on guest performance and festival tours in Germany and abroad. In 2009 Theater Mummpitz created the Nürnberger Kulturrucksack (Nuremberg Cultural Backpack), a program for children from less privileged Nuremberg districts.
panoptikum was awarded the EFFE label (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) in 2018 as one of "Europe's finest festivals".