Letter of support

June 26th, 2014 // news

Vili Bassanesse

Vili Bassanesse

Subject: 15th International Festival of the Chamber Theatre “Golden Lion“ 2014
Letter of support

The International Festival of the Chamber Theatre “Golden Lion” has become an outstanding point in the cultural map of Croatia. In July Umag becomes the intersection of the Croatian and wider area cultural elites, which love the city’s rich history and culture, the city where the Mediterranean and Mitteleurope meet and mutually interconnect. This unique atmosphere can be felt, seen and experienced in Umag, especially during the International Festival of the Chamber Theatre “Golden Lion”, which this year celebrates its fifteenth edition. A Festival, which carefully selects the topics and opens questions about the social values through a variety of theatrical poetics that arise from the Mediterranean middleeuropean cultural area. The project by Damir Zlatar Frey brings intriguing performances, and is specific for its multilingualism that best reflects the city, which has always been open to dialogue among cultures. Recognizing this value, the town of Umag has declared in its Statute, the International Festival of the Chamber Theatre “Golden Lion”: manifestation of municipal importance.

During the festival days, Umag becomes a cosmopolitan center and takes on a new dimension for the presence of eminent theater artists. The local people and their guests have the opportunity to enjoy the maestro theater performances in which language barriers disappear. In the past 14 years, Umag has hosted prestigious theaters and multi-award winning artists who introduced the audience to their major achievements.

The performances, listed in the official program, will compete for the Grand Prix, which is awarded by a jury of renowned cultural and theater workers.

The festival echoes through the town center which becomes an unique stage thanks to numerous street artists and performers.

The media coverageis very important. The Festival is accompanied by the most important Croatian and regional media. News about the Festival and accompanying events are reported by the central television and radio news programs, newspapers and electronic media. The “Golden Lion” captures the attention of the media for the famous names of the Croatian and foreign artists who visit Umag during these days.

All this can be experienced only in Umag, so I invite all friends of Umag and true lovers of theater to support the 15th Festival of the Chamber Theater.

Vili Bassanese

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