The National Theater Nis organizes the first festival of drama and theater of the Balkan cultural space, called "The Theater at the Crossroads". The festival will be held in Niš from 12th to 19th March.
As the only theater festival that in one place wants to gather the theater art of the Balkan cultural space, "Theater at the Crossroads" aims to affirm the similarities and differences of the cultural identity of states and peoples sharing the same space, the countries of Serbia and the city of Nis as a crossroads of European and world roads, the strengthening of international cultural exchange, the promotion of theater arts and creators, the exchange of ideas and theatrical practices, and is dedicated to the challenges and perspectives of contemporary theater.
The festival will be officially opened on March 11th, on the National Theater Day, the premier of the show The Traveling Theater Šopalović Ljubomir Simović, directed by Tanja Mandić Rigonat, production National Theater Niš.
In addition to eight competition performances from the country and the region and performances in honor of the winners, whose premiere is played in the calendar year preceding the Festival, in the selection of Spasoje Ž. Milovanovic, a series of accompanying programs will be organized: a round table of criticism, a panel discussion at the crossroads, as well as promotions of books and theater journals.
The Festival Jury will award prizes for best performance, directing, four acting awards, costume design and stage design, for original stage music, for stage movement, as well as for the Festival's special award. In addition to these, will be awarded the award of the round table of criticism and the award of the journalistic jury.