17th Croatia Assitej – Festival of Professional Children and Youth Theatres comes to a close

The large audience enjoyed the plays for children and youth put on by theatres from across Croatia during the festival held in Čakovec from 18–24 October 2014. The expert jury, consisting of director Marina Petković Liker, playwright Olja Lozica, and theatrologist Igor Tretinjak, handed out awards to the most successful plays in several categories.
1. Award for the best overall play went to the play “The Ninth Sheep” by the B. Mihaljević Children’s Theatre from Osijek

2. Award for the best direction went to Ljudmila Fedorova for the play “The Ninth Sheep” by the B. Mihaljević Children’s Theatre from Osijek

3. Award for artistic expression (costumes and set design) went to Gulnaz Fatykhova for the play “The Ingenius Genius” from the Zadar Puppet Theatre.

4. Award for the best theatrical score went to Tomislav Pehar for the play “The Ninth Sheep” by the B. Mihaljević Children’s Theatre from Osijek

5. Best actor awards:
For the best ensemble: Ivana Boban, Zoran Pribičević, Jure Radnić and Marija Šegvić for their performances in the play “Me and My Feelings” by the Žar Ptica Theatre from Zagreb
For the best ensemble in a puppet play: Edi Ćelić, Lidija Kraljić, Ivica Lučić and Inga Šarić for the play “The Ninth Sheep” by the B. Mihaljević Children’s Theatre from Osijek
For best actor: Nikša Arčanin for his role as the Professor in the play “Musicatorium” by the Split Puppet Theatre from Split.
For best actress: Paola Slavica for her role as Francesca in the play “The Ingenius Genius” by the Zadar Puppet Theatre.

This year’s festival was also marked by a number of side programmes.

As part of this year’s Croatia Assitej Centre festival, a conference was held for the regional Assitej centres. The representatives of Assitej from Austria, Hungary, Romania and Serbia accepted the invitation to participate.

During the meeting, closer cooperation was agreed between all centres, for the purpose of becoming better acquainted with the various cultures, and the exchange of high quality artists and artistic projects. The next conference will be held in Bucharest, Romania.

As part of this year’s meeting, a presentation was held of KLIKER, the newly established network of theatres for children and youth. The objective of this network is to stimulate thinking about contemporary dance and movement, and to promote this type of theatrical art. Members of this network put on two dance performances for children and youth, intended for those from the earliest childhood years to the teenage years. A dance workshop was also held for the adult audience.

The Zadar Puppet Theatre presented itself at this year’s festival through photographs, set design and puppets from its plays. The exhibit was set up by Darko Petković, who displayed a portion of the recent plays put on since 2010. Other artists involved in the exhibit were
Mojmir Mihatov, Robert Košta and Željko Zorica. Young Zadar photographer Iva Perinčić completed the exhibit with photographs of the plays.

Two award winning plays of this year’s festival of Professional Guided Theatres for Children and Youth held in Bjelovar were put on at the Croatian National Theatre in Varaždin: There’s That in the Forest Too by the Zorin Dom Drama Studio from Karlovac and The Girl from Hvar by the Hvar Youth Drama Studio.

The hosts from the Youth Theatre Studio of the Croatian National Theatre in Varaždin also put on a performance of their play Moths, while the Dada Drama Studio performed their play The Future has Already Started, and the Pinklec Theatre Troupe performed their play How Ješko Beat the Common Cold.