Itaka Shakespeare Festival presents contemporary world productions of William Shakespeare’s plays.
The festival is held annually, in June, in the beautiful setting of a castle on the Danube bank in Čortanovci (a village in Serbia in the Municipality of Indjija, the Province of Vojvodina) – in Villa Stanković, one of the most picturesque summer residencies in Serbia, modelled after medieval castles in Lombardy. The festival was founded in 2014, on the initiative of Nikita Milivojević, and is organized by the Itaka Art Centre in Indjija.
The principal idea of the festival is to treasure the work of the world’s preeminent dramatist by presenting an attractive theatre programme under the open sky, as it was done in Shakespeare’s times. Besides the main schedule of performances, the programme also presents a wide range of multimedia and educational activity.
Although a relative newcomer to the circuit, the festival is already a major attraction and is listed as among the top 10 national cultural events.
In 2015, the festival premiered its own production of Pericles, directed by Nikita Milivojević, with has gone on to tour and win 15 awards at theatre festivals in Serbia and across the wider region.
In 2016, the festival opened with the reading of a letter addressed to the festival from one of the most important directors of the 20th century Peter Brook.
Our first four festivals have already presented to Serbian audiences many important theaters from all around the world: Shakespeare’s Globe (London, UK), Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre (Tbilisi, Georgia), Ljubljana City Theatre (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Belarus Free Theatre (London, UK), Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio (Hong Kong, China), National Theatre(Belgrade, Serbia), Catatonia Theatre Group (Tehran, Iran), Parrabbola (London, UK), C for Circus (Athens, Greece), Maria Joao Ogre (Lisbon, Portugal), The Company Theatre (Mumbai, India), Zagreb Youth Theater (Zagreb, Croatia), Dreams Come True (Switzerland / France / Spain), The Q Brothers (Chicago, USA), and plans for the future include many more international collaborations.
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