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ACT Independent Theatre Festival is organized by ACT Association in cooperation with Art Office Foundation and with the financial support of the Sofia Municipality’s Culture Program, the Ministry of Culture and Kulture Fund

Second edition of ACT Festival for Independent Theatre

November 14-18, 2012, Sofia

The festival is organized by the ACT Association for Independent Theatre in cooperation with Art Office Foundation and with the financial support of the Sofia Municipality’s Culture Programme, the Ministry of Culture and the U.S. Embassy.

The success of the first edition of the festival, held from 16 to 20 November 2011, inspired us to get down to the organization of this festival for the second time. This is because of the interest, the active involvement of participants, the provocation for further discussion in the community on issues of contemporary theatre as well as the recognition by the wider public.

In the second edition of the festival we will present 16 productions, many of which premiering in 2012, plus an accompanying educational programme of lectures, discussions, workshops, to be attended also by 18 international managers from Europe and America (part of IETM Brussels, EEPAP (Poland) and CITD (USA)).

ACT Festival for Independent Theatre 2 will be held from 14th to 18th November, 2012 at various locations in Sofia – the Red House Centre for Culture and Debate; Sfumato Theatre; Plastelin Studio; the Library Club in Iskar Street, the Sofia Puppet Theatre, Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art (SAMCA), Studio Suspacious, the city’s central Mineral Baths, Studio 5 of the National Palace of Culture.  The festival is also supported with spaces by the Czech Cultural Institute, Goethe Institut Sofia, Derrida Dance Centre, K.E.V.A. club and the American Corner.

The aim of the Association for Independent Theatre (ACT) is to establish an annual festival, contributing to the stabilization and activation of the creative environment that attracts new practitioners as well as develops new independent spaces for theatre and creates new audiences.

A little history about the first edition of

ACT Festival for Independent Theatre
November 16 to 20, 2011, Sofia
the ACT Festival for Independent Theatre is organized by the Association for Independent Theatre (www.actassociation.wordpress.com) with the Sofia Municipality’s Culture Programme, the National Culture Fund of the Ministry of Culture and Etude Foundation.

As part of the ACT ‘s cooperation with the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts – IETM on a long-term programme for the promotion of Bulgarian performing arts abroad, in 2011 it held the country’s first festival of independent theatre. The main programme listed 15 Bulgarian stage productions in the field of contemporary theatre, dance and performance. Among the accompanying events were the exhibition Dictionary of the Independent Theatre presenting the perception and activities of the independent stage in Bulgaria over the last 20 years, plus a four-day visit to Sofia of 15 foreign managers in the field of performing arts, who had the opportunity to get acquainted with new Bulgarian productions, artists and cultural institutions. The event received good media coverage, managed to catch the attention of audiences and created conditions for a professional environment for the exchange of information and experience. Socially the ACT Festival contributed to the diversification of the cultural life in the capital city and boosted respect for the individual creative thinking. A positive result was also the active response of our international guests as well as the call we received for organizing and hosting in Sofia the plenary session of IETM in 2014.

Website: http://actfestival.wordpress.com/

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