Fourteen performances from all over the world in the competition program of the 26th International Children's Theater Festival in Subotica

As part of the competition program of the 26th International Festival of Children’s Theater, held from 22 to 27 September, organized by the Open University Subotica, there will be fourteen performances for children from around the world, selected by the festival’s selector, Professor Zoran Đeric. The youngest theater audience will be able to enjoy creative, diverse and imaginative artistic performances coming to Serbia from China, Russia, Korea, Poland, Italy, Germany, Hungary, and many other countries.
On the first day of the festival, on September 22, the competition program will be opened by the play „On Wolf’s Track“ by Novi Sad Youth Theater, based on a novel by Jack London, directed by Jakub Maksimov. The play is about Buck, a well-bred, thick-haired dog who lives in a large house in the sunny Santa Clara Valley and is aimed for children age 10 and older.
On Monday, September 23, there are three performances in the competition program. “Fairy Helen and Prince Árgyélus” by Harlekin Puppet Theater in Hungary is a story of a fairy and a young prince, who fall in love and fight for true love. Theater „Petrushka“ from Russia will perform „Fairy Tale About Fisherman and Fish“. As they announce, the main characters of their fairy tale find something that can fulfill their wishes on the shores of the blue sea. The third play, „24 Grandmothers,“ performed by the Shian Art Theater for Children, comes from China and is intended for both children and adults.
On the third festival day, September 24, theater troupes from Bulgaria, Serbia, and Germany will perform. The Burgas State Puppet Theater of Bulgaria will play “Golden Goose” by the Grimm Brothers, directed by Todor Valov. “The Golden Goose is our playful attempt to ridicule human greed and envy with puppets and music. The vast diversity of humor is the only cure for all diseases of the human mind, heart, and soul. Be careful not to be dazzled by the brilliance of stupidity and not to be captured by Greed and Envy! ” On the same day, Belgrade’s Duško Radović Theater will perform “The Tinderbox” based on the fairy tale by H.K. Andersen about a poor but greedy, arrogant and ruthless soldier who, upon his return from the war, with the help of magic, quickly becomes rich and ends even faster under the gallows. German children’s theater is represented by the non-verbal play “I Am the Little Light”. According to them, “Light and shadow set off to create a world of light and dark in the big universe. These two elements could not be more different, but together they create beautiful images. As quickly as their images appear, however, they disappear again and are transformed into ever-changing creations of fantasy. In the interplay of light and darkness, sounds and silence, stillness and movement, a dream theatre full of magic and beauty are created”.
On Wednesday, September 25, the program features three theater productions, whose troupes come from Serbia, Italy, and Poland. Subotica Children’s Theater will present “Beauty and the Beast” about a beautiful girl who voluntarily agrees to be imprisoned by a cruel beast to save her father. In their play, the Beast does not look scary on the outside, but rather someone who struggles to accept himself. Second play on the program, “The Opera Fridge”, comes from Italy, performed by Antonio Panzuto Theater. It is a very interesting production in which the fridge turns into an opera scene, where the audience sits on the shelves in its door, between cheese and butter, and the orchestra prepares to perform in the fruit and vegetable drawer. The last performance on the repertoire of the fourth festival day is performed by the Lalka Theater from Poland. „The Fine Greenbird“ is the story of a king who, wanting to know what his subjects think of him, disguises himself a wanderer and accidentally hears the conversation of three sisters whose sincere wishes he wants to fulfill.
On the penultimate day of the festival, on Thursday, September 26, the audience will have the opportunity to watch “Beside You” by the Yun Theater in Korea, about a Korean traditional instrument of gayageum and the dilemma he has when a string breaks during his performance. After the Koreans come “The House of Hedgehog” played by Children’s Theater of Republika Srpska, created by the homonymous book by Branko Ćopić. “We tried to show that the world is not as it seems to be at first glance, there is something more of it, something deeper than just dull materialism, which is, unfortunately, indoctrinated in many children’s fairy tales.” The last show on the Thursday’s program – Shoes, comes from Belgium and talks about Simon and Solange, who give new life to old shoes, of all types and colors, and use them to tell stories that take them away from their everyday lives.
On the last festival day, before the announcement of the winner, on Friday, September 27, there will be the performance of “The Cricket and the Ant” by a troupe from Montenegro, which talks about the importance of art, freedom of expression and the pleasure of enjoyment.
The winner will be announced at 8 pm on Friday, September 27 at the Subotica Children’s Theater.
The International Festival of Children’s Theater is one of the most important festivals in the region, bringing together creators who have dedicated their work to the youngest for over a quarter of a century. With a focus on puppetry but also with space for other art forms, the Festival is continuously contributing to the promotion and development of theater in Serbia.
The Festival includes an official selection (competition program) with up to twenty puppetry and drama productions presented annually in competition for the Festival awards. For its outstanding contribution to the development of performing arts for children and culture in general, the Festival was awarded the “Vuk Award” in 2005, the largest cultural recognition in the Republic of Serbia, while in 2009 the International Festival of Children’s Theater was awarded the “Pro Urbe” award for its significant contribution to development and reputation of the city of Subotica by raising its material and spiritual values. The festival is also the laureate 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 Center IDEA, International Associations for Drama / Theater and Education).
The implementation of the International Festival of Children’s Theater was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Provincial Secretary of Culture of AP Vojvodina and the City of Subotica.

U okviru takmičarskog programa 26. Međunarodnog festivala pozorišta za decu, koji se od 22. do 27. septembra održava u organizaciji Otvorenog univerziteta Subotica, naći će se četrnaest predstava za decu iz celog sveta, po izboru selektora festivala, profesora dr Zorana Đerića. Najmlađa pozorišna publika moći će da uživa u kreativnim, raznovrsnim i maštovitim umetničkim predstavama koje u Srbiju dolaze iz Kine, Rusije, Koreje, Poljske, Italije, Nemačke, Mađarske i mnogih drugih zemalja.

Prvog dana festivala, 22. septembra, takmičarski program otvoriće predstava „Na vukovom tragu“ Pozorišta mladih Novi Sad, nastala po romanu Džeka Londona u režiji Jakuba Maksimova. Predstava govori o Baku, dobro odgajanom psu guste dlake, koji živi u velikoj kući u sunčanoj dolini Santa Klara, i namenjena je deci uzrasta 10 i više godina.

U ponedeljak, 23. septembra, u takmičarskom programu su tri predstave. „Vila Helena i princ Árgyélus“ Lutkarskog pozorišta Harlekin iz Mađarske je priča o vili i mladom princu, koji se zaljubljuju i bore za pravu ljubav. Teatar „Petruška“ iz Rusije izvešće „Bajku o ribaru i ribici“. Kako sami najavljuju, glavni likovi njihove bajke pronalaze nešto što im može ispuniti želje na obalama plavog mora. Treća predstava, „24 bake” u izvođenju Šijanskog umetničkog pozorišta za decu dolazi iz Kine i namenjena je kako deci, tako i odraslima.

Trećeg festivalskog dana, 24. septembra, nastupiće pozorišne trupe iz Bugarske, Srbije i Nemačke. Državno lutkarsko pozorište Burgas iz Bugarske izvešće predstavu „Zlatna guska” Braće Grim, u režiji Todora Valova. O predstavi kažu: „Zlatna guska je naš razigrani pokušaj da uz lutke i muziku ismejemo ljudsku pohlepu i zavist. Ogromna raznolikost humora je jedini lek za sve bolesti ljudskog uma, srca i duše. Budite oprezni da vas sjaj gluposti ne zaslepi, a Pohlepa i Zavist ne zarobe!” Istog dana, Malo pozorište „Duško Radović” iz Beograda izvešće predstavu „Čudotvorno kresivo” po motivima bajke H. K. Andersena o siromašnom, ali alavom, bahatom i razuzdanom vojniku, koji se po povratku iz rata, uz pomoć magije brzo obogati i još brže završi pred vešalima. Nemačku pozorišnu scenu za decu reprezentuje neverbalna predstava „Ja sam malo svetlo”. Prema njihovim rečima, „Svetlo i senka stvaraju svet mraka i svetlosti u ogromnom svemiru. Ova dva elementa su u potpunosti suprotna, ali ipak zajedno čine prelepe prizore. Istom brzinom kojom se ti prizori pojavljuju, oni i nestaju, pretvarajući se u neprestane tvorevine mašte. Interakcijom svetla i tame, zvukova i tišine, mirovanja i pokreta, stvara se pozorište iz snova, puno magije i lepote”.

U sredu, 25. septembra, na programu su tri pozorišne predstave, čije trupe dolaze iz Srbije, Italije i Poljske. Dečje pozorište Subotica izvešće predstavu „Lepotica i zver” o prelepoj devojci koja dobrovoljno pristaje da bude zatočena od strane okrutne zveri kako bi spasila svog oca. U njihovoj predstavi Zver ne izgleda strašno spolja, već kao neko ko se bori sa samim sobom da bi prihvatio sebe. Druga predstava na programu, „Operski frižider” dolazi iz Italije, u izvedbi pozorišta “Antonio Panzuto”. Reč je o veoma zanimljivom ostvarenju u kom se frižider pretvara u opersku scenu, gde publika sedi na policama u vratima, između sira i putera, a orkestar se sprema za nastup u fioci za voće i povrće. Poslednju predstavu koja je na repertoaru četvrtog festivalskog dana izvodi Teatar “Lalka” iz Poljske. „Divna zelena ptica” je priča o kralju koji se, želeći da sazna šta o njemu misle njegovi podanici, prerušava u lutalicu i tako slučajno načuje razgovor tri sestre čije iskrene želje želi da ispuni.

Pretposlednjeg dana festivala, u četvrtak, 26. septembra, publika će biti u prilici da pogleda predstavu „Pored tebe” Teatra Yun iz Koreje, o sviraču korejskog tradicionalnog instrumenta gayageum-a i dilemi koju ima kada mu tokom nastupa pukne žica. Nakon Korejaca, na programu je „Ježeva kućica” Dječijeg pozorišta Republike Srpske, nastala po istoimenoj knjizi Branka Ćopića. O predstavi kažu: „Pokušali smo da prikažemo da svet nije onakav kakav nam se na prvi pogled čini. Da u njemu ima nešto više, nešto dublje od tupavog materijalizma koji je nažalost indoktriniran u mnogim bajkama za decu”. Poslednja predstava na programu u četvrtak, „Cipele” stiže iz Belgije i govori o Simon i Solanž, koje daju novi život starim cipelama, svih tipova i boja, i koriste ih za pričanje priča koje ih odvode daleko od njihove svakodnevice.

Poslednjeg festivalskog dana, pre proglašenja pobednika, u petak 27. septembra, na repertoaru je i predstava „Cvrčak i mrav” trupe iz Crne Gore, koja govori o značaju umetnosti, slobodi izražavanja i zadovoljstvu uživanja.

Proglašenje pobednika zakazano je za 20 sati, u petak, 27. septembra, u Dečjem pozorištu Subotica.

Međunarodni festival pozorišta za decu jedan je od najznačajnijih festivala u regionu koji više od četvrt veka okuplja stvaraoce koji su svoj rad posvetili najmlađima. Sa fokusom na lutkarstvu ali i sa prostorom za druge umetničke forme, Festival kontinuirano doprinosi promociji i razvoju pozorišta u Srbiji.

Festival obuhvata zvaničnu selekciju (takmičarski program) u okviru koje se godišnje prikaže do dvadeset predstava lutkarske i dramske produkcije u konkurenciji za nagrade Festivala. Za svoj izuzetan doprinos razvoju scenske umetnosti za decu i kulture uopšte, Festival je 2005. godine nagrađen „Vukovom nagradom“, najvećim kulturnim priznanjem u Republici Srbiji, dok je 2009. godine Međunarodnom festivalu pozorišta za decu dodeljena nagrada „Pro urbe“ za značajan doprinos razvitku i ugledu grada Subotice podizanjem njegovih materijalnih i duhovnih vrednosti. Festival je dobitnik i specijalne Međunarodne nagrade za doprinos razvoju dramskog odgoja „Grozdanin kikot“ za 2009. koju dodeljuje Centar za dramski odgoj iz Mostara (BiH centar IDEA (Međunarodne asocijacije za dramu/pozorište i obrazovanje).

Realizaciju Međunarodnog festivala pozorišta za decu podržali su Ministarstvo kulture i informisanja Republike Srbije, Pokrajinski sekretarijat za kulturu AP Vojvodine i Grad Subotica.