The 23rd Children’s Crime Festival offers a varied program from March 9th to 23rd – Munich

“Munich is becoming a crime scene and you will be there first hand when the motto at the 23rd Children’s Crime Festival is: investigate or join in the excitement, play along or combine them with precision,” writes Arne Ackermann, director of the Munich City Library, in his program foreword to the Children’s Crime Festival. He doesn’t promise too much, because children and young people can solve exciting criminal cases all over the city. They are supported by Detective Inspector Markus Schmieder from Commissariat 92 with a workshop on securing evidence.

The children’s crime festival, organized every year by the Kultur & Spielraum association and the Munich City Library, invites you to events all over Munich from March 9th to 23rd – with Seidlvilla, Pasinger Fabrik, Literaturhaus and International Youth Library as crime scenes. The literature festival opens in the city library with a reading by Martin Muser from his best-selling road trip “Kannawoniwasein – Sometimes you just have to disappear”, the screen adaptation of which was released in the cinemas last year by the Munich-based favorite. Further readings, including those with the illustrator and author Kristina Andres, will follow. In the Pasinger factory, Erich Kästner’s classic children’s book “Emil and the Detectives” comes to life. For the production “Parole Emil!” You can paint backdrops and make equipment in the playroom from March 2nd to 23rd. The actors from the “Theatre Group Criminal” will slip into the roles of the book characters at the big closing party of the festival on Saturday, March 23rd and guide visitors through individual chapters and settings of the classic children’s book.

Detective instinct is required in numerous workshops, in game evenings with popular classics such as “Black Stories” and “Cluedo”, in a crime dinner and an exciting rally. But crime fans’ own writing talent is also in demand. Why not come up with your own case and become an author yourself? The writing competition of the Munich Children’s Crime Prize offers an opportunity to do this. The only condition: Participants must be 9 to 14 years old and live in Munich or the greater Munich area. Young authors can get tips and suggestions for this in one of the many writing workshops.

March 24th is the deadline for entries for the Children’s Crime Prize, and the award ceremony is scheduled for May 2nd. The winners’ texts will be published in the “Excellent Crime Fiction” magazine. A winning crime novel is even edited as a radio play and broadcast on radio-Mikro, Bayern 2. In addition, the award winners are represented at the Munich Book Show or at the Children’s Culture Summer Festival with readings from their texts.

Children’s crime festival, 6-14 years, March 9th to 23rd, various locations, program below

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