DMDecember 6, 20193min467



For the second time the Festival of Drama and Theater in the Balkan cultural area “Theater at the Crossroads” will be held in Nis, March 11-19, 2020. In addition to eight productions in competition selection from Serbia and the region an entire series of accompanying programs will be organized: the round table of critique, the panel discussion, as well as promotions of books and theatre journals. This year Festival is organized under the patronage of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. As the only theatre festival with an idea to gather theatre art of the Balkan cultural space in one place, the Theatre at the Crossroads aims at affirming similarities and differences of the cultural identity of countries and peoples sharing the same space, of the country of Serbia and Niš as the crossroads of European and world routes, and strengthening international cultural exchange, promoting theatre art and theatre creators, exchanging ideas and theatre practices and it is committed to challenges and perspectives of the contemporary theatre. “Apart from the fact that all the offered performances represent exceptional artistic achievements, it should be emphasized that several productions from this selection are a good example of permeating differences that belong to the Balkan crossroads and, in particular, opening up the possibility of reconsidering the relation of the theaters from these areas to the drama classics and questioning the meaning of the term.” freedom, “said the director of the Nis National Theater and Spasoje Z. Milovanovic. The support to the festival this year was given by the City of Nis and Nis City Mayor Darko Bulatović.  “Life does not make sense without culture, and together we should work not only to preserve culture and art, but also to promote it. Nis once again shows that it has this capacity. When it comes to art and creativity the progress is evident. The support of the city is bigger from year to year when the organization of the Festival is in question, so we increased the amount of funds for all festivals in Nis for the next year”, said Nis City Mayor Darko Bulatović. The Mayor said that the city was also taking care of the necessary infrastructure for the functioning of the cultural institutions and that it has allocated funds from the city budget for these purposes. Also the city plans to to build a new multifunctional cultural facility with the capacity of up to 2,000 seats.