Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia dr.sc.Andrea Zlatar Violić

June 24th, 2014 // Nekategorizirano

Andrea Zlatar Violić

Andrea Zlatar Violić

The International Festival of the Chamber Theatre “Golden Lion” is one of the most important theater events in the recent Croatian history, of particular importance to the Istrian County and the City of Umag. Arisen from the tradition that began with Coslovich Antonio, founder of the first theater in Umag in the nineteenth century, the spirit of the chamber theater expression in Umag lives through many generations of its residents and their guests.

Since its inception in 2000, the festival has been designed as a meeting place of top artistic achievements of the recent Croatian and foreign theatrical expression, carefully nurturing multiculturalism and multilingualism that are tightly woven into the reality of life of the inhabitants of Istria and Umag. Through a carefully thought-out concept, as well as a rigorous evaluation of a selective choice of programs, the Festival has contextualized over the years within the broaders of the artistic space of the Croatian theatrical reality, becoming its significant part. With its important share in the national, regional, and international theater scene, it continuously opens the way to an artistic and interpersonal dialogue. Systematic questioning and experimenting with theatrical poetics that accompany the chamber festival atmosphere and its always innovative actors’ access, confirm from year to year, but also develop, its own artistic signature.

The festival is from its very beginning, a meeting place for artists, lovers of theater, who can witness, during that one week, the best professional chamber theatre performances, present themselves to each other, exchange their experiences and participate in many inspiring debates, which always contribute to the development of new and diverse aesthetics of theater arts. The competitive nature of the festival gives an opportunity to highlight some of the best ones among the best at all, and to be rewarded for their dedicated work. Due to the exceptional quality of the Festival, it attracts more audience each year, which confirms its excellence and the status of an unavoidable change in the Croatian culture. Therefore, I wish a lot of artistic inspiration and successful moments to this year’s International Festival of Chamber Theatre “Golden Lion”.

Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia
dr.sc.Andrea Zlatar Violić

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