The fifty-second Bitef will be held in Belgrade this year from 13 to 22 September. During the ten days of the festival, the audience will have the opportunity to see ten theatre productions from ten countries. For the third time in a row, festival selectors remain faithful to their intention to map and announce some of the most important thematic or aesthetic characteristics of the selection at the Festival Prologue. Thus, last year, the audience could see in the Prologue the six-hour show Quizoola, from the British theatre company Forced Entertainment, and became acquainted with the main aesthetic line of the 51st Bitef − long-lasting shows.
This year, the Prologue will announce the central theme of the 52nd Bitef − an increase in the influence of totalitarian ideologies around the world − through a play dealing directly with Nazism. It is a co-production of the Slovenian Youth Theatre and the Šiška Centre for Urban Culture of Slovenia − Odilo. Dimming. Oratorio, directed by Dragan Živadinov, one of the most important figures of the Slovenian art scene in the 1980s.
Bitef has the traditional support of sponsors such as Secretariat for Culture of the City of Belgrade and the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. The Festival is supported by the embassies of Germany, Israel, Switzerland, as well as the Goethe-Institut Belgrade and the French Institute in Serbia.
Program for this year’s Festival is available here.
Tickets have been released for the play Requiem for L by the celebrated Belgian choreographer Alain Platel, who will ceremoniously close the festival at the Sava Centre, and can be purchased at the Sava Centre cash desk and at all authorised EVENTIM sales outlets in Serbia.
Ticket selling for all performances at the 52nd Bitef will start on 27 August at the Bitef Festival cash desk, which is located at the Terazije Theater (Terazije 29). Tickets for all performances can be booked from 13 to 25 August.
Reservations: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone + 381 69 899 24 00.
Regular ticket prices for all performances of this year’s main programme are 1,700 and 2,500 dinars. Bitef has also this year provided benefits for the faithful, 30% discount is offered for a set of tickets, while a discount of 20% is planned for reserved tickets and organised groups.