One of the Most Important International Events in Slovakia

The International Festival Divadelna Nitra is the largest theatre festival in Slovakia. It is also one of the most important international activities in the cultural area in Slovakia. Divadelna Nitra is a recognised activity in the European context. It is organised every year towards the end of September since 1992. It is a selective, but non-competitive parade of the top European production focused on mainly the drama/play, susceptible to dance, music, puppet theatre and also the visual theatre. It selects the non-traditional, innovative and inspirational scenic theatre, it informs about the new tendencies and about the new names of the artists. It consists of the rich accompanying and working programme, it offers space to other types of art and to the representation of regional cultural activities.


Enrichment of Cultural Policy in Slovakia

A vital component of each culturaly developed country includes a major international theatre festival. In Slovakia, it is the Divadelná Nitra festival. Its basic mission is to enrich the cultural offer in Slovakia through high art from the abroad, to deepen the awareness of the diversity of European culture among Slovak public and to provide impetus to its further development within the Slovakian professional environment, as well as the opportunity for presentation in an international context.


Target Groups

The festival is focused on an informal education and work with the audience. The atmosphere of openness, freedom and fruitful exchanges of views are valued above all by the young people who are the main target group of the festival. Another important group are the professionals - critics, publicists, directors of festivals, authors from Slovakia and the abroad. Offering high diversity program, a large number of partners and a rich media coverage, mean that the festival attractsthe general public.


A platform for cultural exchange

The Divadelná Nitra works as a platform for cultural exchange within Europe, especially between the East and the West. For a number of European countries it is often the only possibility to present their theatrical art in Slovakia


Partnerships and relationships

The Divadelná Nitra builds strong relationships with theatres, professional theatre institutions, foreign institutes, grant resources, partners in the sphere of culture and in the media and entrepreneur sectors.


Contact and Information Point

The festival’s activities within the European space include its role as a contact and information point for foreign countries in Slovakia, promoter of Slovak theatre and partner in other important European festivals and multinational projects. This position was further strengthened after the successful meeting IETM Bratislava 2009.


Participating Countries

During its existence, it has presented performing arts productions from 29 countries.



Selected list of European artists and companies whose work has been presented during the 20 editions of the Festival features highly acclaimed stars of European theatre as well as emerging artists: BE: Alain Platel – Les ballets C de la B, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Johan Simons –  NTGent, Jan Lauwers; BG: Lilia Abadziyeva, Stoyan Kambarev; CZ: Vladimír Morávek, J. A. Pitínský, Dušan D. Pařízek, Petr Lébl, David Jařab; DE: Dimiter Gotscheff, Sebastian Nübling, Constanza Macras, Nicolas Stemann, Andreas Kriegenburg; Volksbühne, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Schaubühne Berlin, Schauspielhaus Hamburg; EE: Tiit Ojasoo; ESP: Rodrigo García; FR: Eric Lacascade, Josef Nadj, Declan Donnellan, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo; HU: Kornél Mundruczó, Béla Pintér, Arpád Schilling – Krétakör, Róbert Alföldi; HR: Bobo Jelčić – ZKM Zagreb; IT: Emma Dante, Alessandro Panzavolta; LT: Oskaras Koršunovas – OKT Vilnius, Rimas Tuminas, Gintaras Varnas, Eimuntas Nekrošius; LV: Alvis Hermanis – Jaunais Rigas Teatris; NL: Alize Zandwijk – RO Theater; NO: Heine Røsdal Avdal, Verdensteatret; PL: Jan Kłata, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Grzegorz Jarzyna; Stary Teatr Cracow, Teatr Rozmaitosci Warsaw, Teatr Wspolczesny Wroclaw; PT: Swap-project, Ana Borralho & João Galante; RO: Radu Afrim; RU: Dmitry Krymov, Nikolaj Kolyada, Kirill Serebrennikov, Andrey Moguchyi, Kama Ginkas; SI: Sebastian Horvat, Matjaž Pograjc – Slovensko Mladinsko Gledaliste Ljubljana; SB: Anya Suša, Atelje 212; UA: Andryi Zholdak; UK: Nigel Charnock, Mark Ravenhill, Tim Etchells


Divadelná Nitra Festival Brings

creativity, innovativeness ► current topics, attractive forms, new trends ► unconventional  means of expression, thought-provoking statements ► rising film stars, famous celebrities ► a variety of forms, genres, techniques, opinions, poetics... ► a varied programme offer, multiperforming, quality ► international cultural exchange enriching for both the professionals and the public ► informal education through art and towards art ► new programme and organisational elements ► growth in volunteering, work with young people ► clear target groups ► friendly atmosphere ► getting knowledge, learning lessons, experiencing enjoyment

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