International theatre festival, one of a kind in this part of Europe, presents contemporary world productions of William Shakespeare’s plays. It is held annually, in June, in the beautiful setting of a castle on the Danube bank in Čortanovci (a village in Serbia in Inđija municipality, Vojvodina province) – in Villa Stanković, one of the most picturesque summer residencies in Serbia, modelled after medieval castles in Lombardy.
The main idea of the festival is to treasure the work of the world’s preeminent dramatist by presenting attractive theatre programme under the open sky, as it was done in Shakespeare’s times. Besides the main programme, the side programme presents a wide range of multimedia and educational contents.
The festival was founded in 2014, initiated by the director Nikita Milivojević after the premiere of his performance Henry VI in The Globe theatre in London in May 2012. The idea came from Nikita’s big love for Shakespeare but also from his wish to make Villa Stanković – the extraordinary mansion closed for the general public in Serbia – an attractive cultural and touristic venue.
The organizer of Itaka Shakespeare Festival in Serbia is Itaka art centre in Inđija.
The first Shakespeare festival was a huge success. Seven productions were presented – from Great Britain, Georgia, Slovenia, Serbia, Greece, Finland, the USA – as well as many educational programmes.
“Beta” agency listed Shakespeare festival among the top 10 cultural events in 2014.
This year, 3rd Shakespeare festival is presented between 29th June till 4th July