A press conference was held today in the City Hall in Niš, where a selection of the festival and performances, which the public will be able to see, will be announced.
The National Theater Nis from March 12th to March 19th organizes the first festival of drama and theater of the Balkan cultural space “Theater at the crossroads”, where eight competitive performances and a piece in honor of the winners will be performed.
The theater art of the Balkan cultural space in one place that affirms the similarities and differences of the countries and peoples constitutes the backbone of the first festival of drama and theater of the Balkan cultural space “Theater at the Crossroads” organized by the National Theater in Nis. The festival will be opened on March 11th on the day of the Niš Theater with the premiere performance of the “Traveling Theater Šopalović” directed by Tatjana Mandić Rigonat. From 12 to 19 March, eight competitive performances and a piece in honor of the award winners will be performed. The festival was founded on the initiative of the Mayor of Nis, says the director of the National Theater in Nis, Spasoje Ž. Milovanovic.
The festival will include performances: “When Sombor was a Hollywood” of the National Theater Sombor, “We are born naked and the rest is …” scene of Mess Sarajevo, “Capital” of the Royal Theater Zetski dom, Cetinje, “Filoktet” HNK Varazdin , “Balkan spy” of the National Theater in Belgrade, “Višnjik” theater Ivan Radoev from the Bulgarian town of Pleven, “Festen” theater theater from Skopje, “Sumrak bogova” SNG Maribor and in honor of the prizes “Sarajevo 1914 Mali mi je tomb” Ars Moriendi troops from Thessaloniki.
President of the Festival Council, director Nebojsa Bradic, said that this festival will promote theater artists and creators from the Balkan cultural space.
At the festival, the audience will be able to see pieces that process texts from ancient drama to contemporary authors, and individual art projects will also be presented.
The jury of this year’s festival, which will award 10 awards, will be Mia Begović, actress, Bogdan Costa, director and actor, Enver Petrovci, actor, Katarina Kocevska, actress and drama writer, Branislav Žaga Mićunović, director. The festival will also receive awards for the round table of criticism and the awards of the journalistic jury.
A rich program of accompanying events was also announced, and the main topic of the two-day discussion is Theaters of the Balkans – Cooperation at the intersection of 16 and 17 March at New City Hotel.