The international jury of the 57th Bitef was presented

This year’s Bitef will be held from October 3 to 10 in Belgrade, and the international festival jury will be chaired by prof. Dr. Ana Vujanović will decide on the main awards of the festival.

At the second consecutive press conference in anticipation of this year’s Bitef, which was held on the terrace of Hotel Indigo, the festival team mingled with media representatives and announced this year’s international jury.

As revealed by Bitef artistic director Nikita Milivojević, the president of the jury will be prof. Dr. Ana Vujanović (HZT, University of the Arts in Berlin; SNDO, Academy for Theater and Dance, University of the Arts in Amsterdam).

The jury will also include Joris Lakost, playwright and theater director, artistic director of “Encyclopedia of Words”, Nataša Barbara Gračner, actress and professor of acting at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television of the University of Ljubljana, Siniša Ilić, visual artist and performance artist, scenographer and curator and Iris Rafetzider, playwright of the Wiener Festvohen festival.

They will decide who will receive this year’s festival awards – the “Mira Trailović” Grand Prix and the “Jovan Ćirilov” Special Award. The competition program consists of the plays “Children of the Sun” (Germany), “Goodbye, Lindita” (Greece), the opera-performance “Sun and the Sea” (Lithuania), “Singing Youth” (Hungary), #Jeanne” (Sweden), “Wakatt ” (Belgium, Burkina Faso), as well as domestic productions “The desire to make solid history will end in failure” and “Like all single girls”.

In addition to the main program, Milivojević drew attention to the side program of the 57th Bitef, which consists of Meetings with authors, Bitef polyphony and Cirkobalkan. The goal of the festival is to offer and develop a theoretical discourse that will accompany the selection of the main program this year. On that occasion, Prof. Dr. Ana Vujanović will hold a lecture “From the proletariat to the precariat – and back!”

The European spirit of Bitef

Plamena Halačeva, deputy head of the EU Delegation in Serbia, pointed out at the press conference that she is proud that the EU Delegation in Serbia is supporting the Bitef festival for the sixth time.

“Since the beginning of our cooperation, our goal has been to support the latest theater trends, as well as to help artists and professionals to establish new partnerships in culture.” Through this support, we want to encourage and empower artists and the cultural community in Serbia and to help sensitize the general public about the importance of the transformative and creative power of art,” said Halačeva. “Serbia’s cultural scene has so much to offer and contribute to our rich community and diverse European cultural space. That is why we are not surprised that Serbia is one of the most successful participants of our Creative Europe program, the main driver of the European Union for supporting culture, both in the EU and in Serbia.”

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On the photo: Plamena Halačeva, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia

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