Oradea International Theatre Festival to take place from 1 to 9 June, with 27 performances

The Regina Maria Theatre announced on Monday that the new edition of the Oradea International Theatre Festival (FITO) will take place from 1 to 9 June, with 27 performances, an event organised in partnership with Bihor County Council, FITO Cultural Foundation and Oradea City Hall.

This year the Oradea International Theatre Festival will include three main sections: Competition – Short Theatre Festival, Invited Performances – Off Competition and Outdoor.

The Short Theatre Festival is a unique cultural event in the Romanian theatre landscape, the first edition taking place in 1976. Until 2013, when the FITO concept was created as a broader event, it functioned as a festival in itself. Since 2013 it has become the main section of the Oradea International Theatre Festival and has a competitive nature. This year it has reached the XXVII edition and includes 19 performances that will compete for the five prizes awarded by the jury. The selection was made by the management of the Regina Maria Theatre and the jury is composed of three personalities of the theatre world: director Bobi Pricop, actress Cosmina Stratan and stage designer Irina Moscu.

The Guest Performances – Off Competition section is dedicated especially to the citizens of Oradea and brings to the audience three exceptional productions, signed by three of the greatest personalities of the local theatre world: “Neliniste” directed by Bobi Pricop, “Tzuki and Tati,” a performance by Florin Piersic jr. and “Trilogia memoriei” directed by Radu Afrim.

The international dimension of this year’s festival includes performances from Hungary and Poland, which will be performed in both the Short Theatre Festival and the Off Competition sections. The Csokonai National Theatre in Debrecen is competing with the show “Nincstelenek/ Deposedati” and the Jokai Theatre in Bekescsaba with “Az oltozteto/Garderobierul.” Teatri Polski Bydgoszcz invites the audience to remember the final moments of the communist regime with the performance “The Last Days of Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu.”