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19 september

Tomorrow, the grand opening of the International Children's Theater Festival in Subotica

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Tomorrow, the grand opening of the International Children's Theater Festival in Subotica

This year's, twenty-seventh edition of the International Children's Theater Festival, starts tomorrow, on Sunday, September 20, and will last until September 24 at several locations in Subotica, organized by the Open University Subotica. The festival will be opened with a solemn ceremony on September 20 at 5 pm at the Children's Theater in Subotica.

The audience will be addressed by the Mayor of Subotica, Stevan Bakić, and the director of the festival and selector of the main program, Zoran Đerić, who will present the Little Prince award to this year's laureate Vladimir Andrić. This year, for the first time, the festival will assign the Posthumous Award for Life Dedicated to Creativity for Children, to actor and director Zoran Lozančić, and the award will be received on his behalf by Milica Radulović, director of the Niš Puppet Theater. The program of the ceremony also includes Children's Choir "Emanuil" from Subotica, led by conductor Anastasia Stokin, the youngest folklore group OKUD "Mladost" from Subotica, and Arsa from Mars. The foreign laureate of Little Prince Award is Bulgarian director Slavcho Malenov.

On the first day of the festival, an exhibition dedicated to Vladimir Andrić, the laureate of the Little Prince award, will be opened at 4.30 pm in the lobby of the Children's Theater in Subotica. The main program will be opened with the Slovenian performance "It's Ernest" by the Puppet Theater Nebo, at 6 pm at the National Theater "Jadran".

The festival includes 11 performances for children and will be held in a hybrid format, as a combination of live performances, and those shown as a screenings. The main program presents various and imaginative performances by ensembles from China, Russia, Israel, Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Serbia.

In addition to the Slovenian play "It's Ernest", five plays from Serbia will be performed live: "To the Theater with Love" by Children's Theater Subotica, "Gulliver" performed by the Little Theater "Dushko Radovic" from Belgrade, "Fattie" by Youth Theater Novi Sad, "Who is afraid of Isadora Duncan" by the Center for Contemporary Art Production "Viva Dance Academy" from Novi Sad and theater "Toša Jovanović" from Zrenjanin with "Red Riding Hood".

Video screenings will be organized for five foreign productions in the Eurocinema in Subotica: the Austrian play "Queen of Colors", "Baby - Penguin Who Wanted to Fly" from Russia, "Guli" from Israel, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" from Germany and "We are the Terracotta Army” from China.

In addition to the performances in the competition program, the audience will be able to visit various side-programs. The opening of the student exhibition of festival posters is scheduled for Monday, September 21 at the Foundation for Youth Culture and Creativity "Danilo Kiš", and there will be promotions of books "Perfect Free" by Vladimir Andrić, collection of works "Book 10" (Hotel Patria, 22. September) and “Puppet Laboratory” by Vahid Đuraković (Hotel Patria, September 23). The Eleventh International Forum for the Research of Theater Arts for Children and Youth will be held on September 22 and 23 at the Patria Hotel, on "Women's Creativity in Theater for Children and Youth and the Festival as a Social Phenomenon".

The International Children's Theater Festival is one of the most important festivals in the region, which for more than a quarter of a century brings together creators who have dedicated their work to the youngest. With a focus on puppetry but also with space for other art forms, the festival continuously contributes to the promotion and development of theater in Serbia. For its exceptional contribution to the development of performing arts for children and culture in general, the festival was awarded the "Vuk Award" in 2005, the highest cultural recognition in the Republic of Serbia, while in 2009 the International Children's Theater Festival was awarded the "Pro Urbe" award for significant contribution, development and reputation of the city of Subotica by raising its material and spiritual values. The festival is also the winner of the special International Award for Contribution to the Development of Drama Education "Grozdanin Kikot" for 2009 awarded by the Center for Drama Education from Mostar (BiH IDEA Center (International Association for Drama / Theater and Education)).

The realization of the International Festival of Children’s Theaters was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Provincial Secretary for Culture of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and the City of Subotica.

This year, the festival will be held in compliance with all epidemiological regulations and recommendations in accordance with the current health situation, in order to prevent COVID-19. The organizing team of the festival prioritizes the health and safety of the audience, as well as the guests and the festival team. The official protocol, with detailed instructions on the measures during the festival, will be published in a timely manner before the event begins.

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