What is freedom? What are its faces and limits? International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra invites to explore the answers through the art

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30th anniversary of the fall of Communism lends an opportunity to celebrate the freedom we won, and yet also to contemplate the faces of freedom in the world today. The 28th edition of the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra (27. 9. – 2. 10. 2019) opens space for a lively debate about freedom, unfreedom and the fragile line between the two.

Freedom of thought, opinion, movement, creative activity or communication. Freedom of an individual and society. Divadelná Nitra – the most defined festival of stage art in Slovakia – carries on its tradition of highlighting pressing socio-political issues. The focus of the 2019 edition faces of freedom shall be reflected in the smorgasbord of noteworthy stage projects from Slovakia and abroad, and in the range of off-programme events.

Faces of Freedom
  • Freedom of thought, opinion, speech, expression, creation, religion, sexual orientation.
  • Freedom of movement, communication, assembly.
  • Human freedom, civil freedom, artistic freedom.
  • Freedom of the press. Freedom of animals
  • Individual freedom. Free society.
  • Freedom – the limits of Freedom – Unfreedom.
  • The faces of Unfreedom. Personal, social, political.
  • Now and throughout history.
  • Pathways to Freedom. Struggle for Freedom. Enjoyment of Freedom. Misuse of Freedom.
  • Benefits and consequences of Freedom/Unfreedom

The faces of freedom in time and space is the leitmotif of twelve productions brought by commended theatre companies from the Czech Republic, Russia, Germany, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia. “We face the evidence of breach of freedoms in Slovakia, along with the neighbouring countries, and elsewhere in the world. That tests our threshold of sensitivity to freedom. Ultimately, it raises our awareness of the fact that freedom must be relentlessly protected,” explains Festival Director Darina Kárová


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