The seventh International festival of high school theatre Juventafest is opening its door to the audience and more than hundred participants from Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday September 5, which was pointed out at today’s media conference at the Center for Culture and Youth in Municipality Center Sarajevo, OU Jelićeva.
The opening ceremony will take place at the Sarajevo Youth Theatre at 7pm, followed by a play “Romeo and Juliet”, performed on the stage by the members of the Youth Theatre DADOV from Belgrade.
During this year’s festival, six plays will be performed from September 5 to September 9,namely two from each country, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina – “Romeo and Juliet”, “Iphigenia”, “Things I Want to Say But Never Will”, “Rails”, “Is the case accidental?” and “13”, which through the energetic performances of young people, examine the relationship between the individual and the collective and indicate the individual importance of each of us in building a common, better future. The plays selected by Emina Omerović, Festival program selector, among others will raise questions about what previous generations have left to today’s high school students, whether young people can cope with the hatred of their ancestors, can young people decide their own fate or are they just objects of various systems, what are the absurdities of the times we live in?
Juventafest offers the best overview of high school theatre creation in the region, contributes to the creation of new theatre audience and pays special attention to educating students and their teachers about dramatic arts. Its importance has been recognized by donors and friends of the Festival – U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministry of Culture and Sports – Canton of Sarajevo and Foundation for Musical, Performing and Visual Arts.
During the Festival, there will be a series of workshops for young people, as well as professors, leaders of drama clubs in high schools, and special attention, organizers point out, will be devoted to young people with Down Syndrome, who will participate in four workshops – “Body under a mask” led by actress and drama pedagogue Slađana Zrnić, “From playing to dancing” under the mentorship of actress Amila Terzimehić, “Musical theatre Workshop” led by conductor and professor Tijana Vignjević and “Puppetry workshop” led by puppeteer Jasminka Božuta.
By enabling participation in workshops for young people with developmental difficulties in collaboration with the Association „Living with Down Syndrome“ and inclusion expert associate within the workshops Alena Džebo, Juventafest becomes part of the inclusion movement this year.
The seventh edition of Juventafest will be closed by actors from Pula with the play “13” directed by Andrea Gotovina, after which the expert jury, consisting of Maja Izetbegović, Milena Minja Bogavac and Oliver Jović, will announce the winner of the Grand Prix for the best play and award the Special Award.