Little Dreams

The aim of Little Dreams was to offer a large number of different performances to entertain visitors during the day. Little Dreams was intended to enable the public to discover the various forms of expression of street theatre. Little known in Switzerland, this artistic field should play an innovative role in the revitalisation of public spaces. They will radiate a touch of craziness and a good dose of humour in all directions.

The Little Dreams have been categorised into 4 groups:

Artist troupes

Three European troupes have been engaged for the entire duration of Expo.02. The first troupe of this genre in Switzerland was created for the Arteplage Neuchâtel. 

  • Helmnot Theatre (Germany) - Arteplage Biel-Bienne
  • Plasticiens Volants (France) - Arteplage Murten-Morat
  • Cie Projet Icare (Switzerland) - Arteplage Neuchâtel
  • Les Essentiels (France/England) - Arteplage Yverdon-les-Bains

These four troupes offered performances on the theme of the respective Arteplage. The performances, some of which featured gigantic figures, took various forms (parades, artistic interventions by individuals or groups and much more). 

Street theatre

More than 180 actors and actresses, mainly from France, Switzerland, Spain and Canada, provided entertainment on the four Arteplages. They were organised into 53 troupes and presented 3,780 spectacles lasting between 10 and 60 minutes during the day. Some of the artists were engaged for the entire duration of Expo.02, while others only gave occasional performances.


The ArteSons travelled through their Arteplages and offered visitors high-quality, humorous entertainment. The group Dr. Macaroni Brass Band (Spain) was engaged for the Arteplage Biel-Bienne and the group La Galéjade (wind instruments/percussion) was created especially for the Arteplages Neuchâtel and Yverdon-les-Bains. La Galéjade was formed thanks to an invitation to various conservatories and music schools in French-speaking Switzerland. 


The story in Lili's book was brought to life and many young amateur actors took on the roles of the various mascots. The characters from Lili's universe were omnipresent on the Arteplages and offered interactive performances for the young visitors.