Festival participants learn about the past and think about the future. They raise questions, seek answers, and struggle together to find an understanding of the events that happened at Terezin and to communicate – through artistic expression – the implications of those events for the future.
Students, teachers, and staff are involved intensively twelve hours a day in sessions which introduce the history of Terezin. Then they develop the drama, music, art, movement, speaking and writing skills they will use to create their final theater pieces, all the while building an ensemble and fostering the trust that allows them to experience this history personally and emotionally. In sessions throughout the Festival, students are grouped and regrouped so that they are mixed by nationality, gender, language, and age and are constantly sharing with different participants.