Kvarner newsletter / no 40

18th International Small Scenes Theatre Festival

As one of the region's most prestigious theatre events, Rijeka's International Small Scene Theatre Festival will once again this year, for the 18th year in a row, be offering visitors a true theatrical delight from the 3rd to the 8th of May with a series of Croatian and international performances.

The 18th edition of the International Small Scenes Theatre Festival will take place from the 3rd to the 8th of May. As in previous years, this festival will again bring many renowned international actors and theatre fans to Rijeka. The festival was established in 1995 as a Croatian festival, but in 1999 it changed into an international event with international theatre troupes taking part in the programme. However, its main goal remained the same all the time – to present contemporary, first-class acting and performances that offer immediate contact between the artists and the audience. The festival has a competitive character (it includes awards in ca. ten categories) and a clearly defined concept (the shows are selected according to previously defined subjects), which made it one of the most prestigious theatre events in the region. The festival is equally open to first-class mainstream theatre and non-conventional research projects. In addition to the most famous theatres from the region, the festival has already hosted performances of theatres from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, the USA, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Lithuania and Great Britain.
The organisers and the founders of the festival are the City of Rijeka and the HKD Theatre, with significant financial support of the City of Rijeka and the Croatian Ministry of Culture.
This year's programme will take place on three locations in Rijeka – in the HKD Croatian House of Culture in Sušak, in the HKD Gallery Kortil, and in the Ivan pl. Zajc Croatian National Theatre.
The programme will include many interesting performances: "The Glembays" by the Atelje 212 from Belgrade (Serbia); "Odyssey" by the Theatre ad Infinitum from London (Great Britain); Molière's "Don Juan" by the Montenegro National Theatre from Podgorica (Montenegro); "Generation 91-95“ by the Zagreb Youth Theatre (Croatia), "The Life of a Fool" by the Ivan pl. Zajc Croatian National Theatre & HKD Theatre Rijeka (Croatia); "Cyclops" by the Scena Gorica from Velika Gorica (Croatia), "The Dice Man" by the Sputnik Shipping Company from Budapest (Hungary), and the "Drama about Mirjana and people around her" by the Yugoslav Drama Theatre from Belgrade (Serbia).
The additional programme will include an exhibition of theatre posters by the painter Zdravko Mićanović in the atrium of the HKD Gallery Kortil, and the presentation of new theatre-related books.