The sixth 6th International festival of high school theatre Juventafest , that will be held in Sarajevo from 13 to 17 September 2018, will host almost 150 young theatre creators from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, and the Sarajevo audience will be able to enjoy outstanding plays.
As the director of the festival Jasna Diklić said at the press conference, which was held at the Center for Culture in Sarajevo, the organization of this demanding event is in charge of a group of enthusiasts who are the driving force for the sixth consecutive year of Juventafest.
Perhaps it would be best to quote a young Juventafest participant who wrote: “I would like to say that Juventafest is an example of a positive story, a story that allows young people to experience theatre art, to offer them a meaning and make them better people. I thank all those who in any way initiated and let JUVENTAFEST live. ”
These are the real reasons why such festival is needed. In addition, Juventafest is unique in its concept. All participants are all the five days of the Festival in Sarajevo, they attend the program, various workshops, make friends and to them nothing is more important than art and creativity, ” Diklić said.
This year’s festival begins with a grand opening at the National Theatre in Sarajevo at 7 pm, followed by the musical “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by the the Second Gymnasium Maribor, which will will be performed by 50 high school students, on one of the most beautiful stages in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The selector Asja Krsmanović took care of the selection of the best plays in the region and beyond. Juventafest received dozens of applications from across Europe and it was not easy to pick out the best ones.
We decided for six plays that are completely different in the choice of themes, style, aesthetics, as well as the approach of drama pedagogues with groups. First of all, the goal of this festival is to have groups that successfully and differently work in theatre, exchange experiences, so that knowledge, of both the participants and drama pedagogues who work with them, is upgraded and transmitted through plays and conversation. Additionally, the domestic audience will be able to see the six great plays, meet the participants, and engage in dialogues through plays about the things that provoke them and their vision of the world in which they live and create. Juventafest is a festival organized by young people for young people and its value lies precisely in that – everyone is welcome, as participants or audience – Krsmanović emphasized.
The importance of Juventafest is reflected in the fact that it offers the best high school theatre creation in the region and at the same time contributes to the creation of a new theatre audience. This is exactly one of the reasons why Juventafest provided free entrance to all festival plays.
The sixth Juventafest will be closed by the guest highschool students of “Gimnazijalac” theatre from Serbia, with the play „Everything’s all right“ after which the professional jury, Emina Minka Muftić, Slađana Zrnić and Igor Pavlović, will announce the winner of the Grand Prix for the best play and award the Special prize.
In addition to offering the best high school theatre creation and contributing to the creation of a new theatre audience, Juventafest gives a special attention to the education of students and their teachers on drama art. This year too, we will have a unique workshop for teachers who hold drama clubs in high schools. As part of this workshop, leaders of drama groups and high school clubs have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of drama and stage pedagogy, stage art and elements, techniques and systems of stage expression.
Juventafest will also, in cooperation with the team of TV series “Perspective”, hold another interesting workshop intended for young activists. They will try to activate other young people and improve their local communities through a series of workshops and roundtables.

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