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Letter of support 2015

June 25th, 2015 // Nekategorizirano

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Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia prof. Berislav Šipuš

June 10th, 2015 // Nekategorizirano

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(Hrvatski) Nagrada grada Umaga za 2013. godinu

June 24th, 2014 // Nekategorizirano

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Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia 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 Zlatar Violić

Foreword by the Istrian County Prefect

June 24th, 2014 // Nekategorizirano

Valter Flego

Valter Flego

The International Festival of Chamber Theatre “Golden Lion” is one of those events to which the Istria County gives exceptional attention because of its importance in the contribution to the promotion and reputation of our region, especially because the festival contributes to the affirmation of young authors promoting new theater troupes. Additionally, its role is very important as part of a tourist offer, because during the summer, it becomes a must destination for lovers of the theater arts.

In over fifteen years, the Festival has become a symbol of quality, recognized not only in Umag, but also in the whole region of Istria; each time it attracts more and more people from the public and cultural world as well as the mass media. The Festival gives additional importance due to its policy of coexistence of three people present in this region – Croats, Slovenes and Italians – on the basis of which it was created, and which forms a specific theater multiculturalism. And as Istria itself, this event is the intersection of culture equality, the culture connected by its diversity.

Although the theater and culture in general, is nowadays faced with many obstacles and challenges, the “Golden Lion’s” motivation and will is not lacking, as evidenced by the following impressive numbers: it has hosted 150 theaters from 20 countries, 500 productions and has assigned 75 awards to prestigious theater artists. For this year’s edition, new events have been prepared, such as an extension of performing to Novigrad and Buje, as well as programs for the youngest theater lovers, the children.

There is no doubt that the “Golden Lion” will grow even more in the yearsahead, for the delight of all of us. The Istria County are very proud of this event, and we will, as usual, support you at all levels. With the belief that you will, as many times earlier, find the strength to keep a high level of organization, programming and execution of the performances, the organizers congratulate the eve of the 15th jubilee of the International Festival of Chamber Theatre “Golden Lion”. We wish good fun to the audience, and lot of luck to the theater troupes.

The County Prefect
MSc Valter Flego

Introductory word from mayor

June 16th, 2013 // Nekategorizirano

Vili Bassanesse Umag is a city of distinctive and rich history and culture, a city where the Mediterranean and Mitteleuropa meet and interpenetrate. For thousands of years the Mediterranean was an area where civilizations were formed and dissolved. Through maritime routes exchange of goods took place, while at the same time trade expanded culture. This is a special place, I dare say, a stage on which dynamic and dramatic action took place. What is remarkable is the fact that it is understandable to everyone because of its common civilization origin, which affects all aspects of human existence: basic economic activities, traditional architecture and language. The Greek cultural influence, followed by centuries of Roman rule, were the main drivers of prosperity on the shores of the “Mare Nostrum”, as it was called by the Romans.

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Gold sponsors

December 3rd, 2012 // Nekategorizirano

Caffe bar “LUKA” Umag
Comit d.o.o. Umag
URES d.o.o. vrtni centar
“Veralda” Brtonigla
ARTY d.o.o. Umag
Mai spa & wellness center
DD elektroakustika Poreč
Pekara TE-NI Umag




Vision of the festival

November 19th, 2012 // Nekategorizirano

Explanation of suggested program as a public need in culture of Republic of Croatia

“GOLDEN LION” festival is a traditional project that is located in Istria, more precisely in Umag. It is based on three key elements:

It characterizes the coexistence of Croatians, Slovenians and Italians that are living in this area. Passive shape of their multiculturality is is becoming active, alive and cantabile exchange of their cultural content into a every day song of their culture.

Festival selector every year chooses specially interesting projects in this region and in the same time always new, well made, and professionally chosen thematic unit for the multicultural festival “Golden Lion”.

This festival represents a rich cultural and theatrical tradition of Republic of Croatia.

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Why festival in Umag?

November 16th, 2012 // Nekategorizirano

Spirit of the chamber theater in Umag was embodied through mr. Antonio Coslovich who has built a hotel called Al Leon d’oro – towards the golden lion in which he had a theatre with about 100 seats. Festival is taking action in the city theater in National open university “Ante Babić” which is located in the centre of Umag and because of its construction and location is allowing us to organize all of the following events that can be visited by a grand amount of visitors.

Over the years festival has become a symbol of quality, not only in Umag but generally in Istra, it attracts more people and persons from public life and it attracts the media. Of course that all is supported by more quality contents, which is always carefully selected and representative festival program, it raises the level of festival.

Mani Gotovac: “Golden Lion” is a festival with a concept. He is tied for the ground, in the space where he gets created. There Croatians, Italians and Slovenians live. That festival is imagined as a part of their culture, as alive, 2 unusual and sang events from the wide area of their real theatrical multiculturality”.

Vizija festivala


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November 15th, 2012 // Nekategorizirano

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