Photography: Maša Raca
Photography: Maša Raca

Continuously discovering, presenting and analysing innovative, creative and participative practices in the field of workshops and performances, as well as programme concepts, all in relation with the current role of artists working with children and young people, this year’s Bitef Polyphony focuses on the role and position of theatre as institution in the society and in today’s world, as well as the offer of “side programmes” prompted by the performances on the repertoire, which open dialogue with all those changes and burning issues that are raised by everyday life and new crises, conflicts and migrations, pandemic and environmental issues, violence, and the new wars… 
The twenty-third Bitef Polyphony adheres to the fifty-sixth Bitef slogan “We - the Heroes of Our Own Labour”, and, like experienced fighters for innovative, participative and creative rights in working with children and young people, go “Towards New Work Challenges” of discovering the possibilities of theatre for the new as opposed to evil and as opposed to the pressures of the reality that we comment in the language of art and raise the questions of our own actions.
What are theatre artists and other workers and experts in culture, education and social activism doing for that good and creative here and now, and for the future of the generations to come? Are they changing themselves and if so, how? Are they introducing changes into their actions, work, and work relationships in the processes they stimulate?
Following the Bitef festival thematic line, which highlights the question of labour and the right to work, Bitef Polyphony introduces the question of the right of young authors to work, and the right of children to participation and co-authorship in theatre, in the world of art, culture, and in everyday life, as well as the question of the need for full participation and a life filled with motivation, openness and creation; a life free from pressures, closeness and destruction. 
Moreover, we are entering new work challenges with a special mission to allow for enough time and space for the authors and co-authors participants in the programme of Bitef Polyphony to meet each other and establish exchange within this side programme that offers interactive presentations, performance in focus, dialogue platforms on the topical issues and ways of work, but also researches on cultural offer, cultural participation, cultural heritage, dialogue culture and the idea of the right to democratic culture in the common action for the values of life.

Programme concept: Ljubica Beljanski Ristić
Programme team: Ana Konstantinović, Tanja Šljivar, Ana Marjanović Šejn, Aleksandra Jelić, Jelena Gavrić, Diana Kržanić Tepavac, Milena Bogavac, Uroš Ranković, Milana Zarić, Maša Vukanović, Irena Ristić
Producer: Mirjana Žarković
Programme support: Centre for Drama in Education and Art CEDEUM (The National Centre of International Drama/Theatre and Education Association IDEA)
ASSITEJ Serbia, Association for Development of Theatre for Children and Young People
(The National Centre of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People ASSITEJ International)
Partners: Cultural Centre “Parobrod”, Little Theatre “Duško Radović”, and The Institute for Cultural Development Research
Programme realisation: Polyphony theatre in coproduction with Bitef Theatre
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New Stages South East – Writing Is Performing

New Stages South East – Writing Is Performing

New Stages South East is a Goethe-Institute project meant for young playwrights from South East Europe, meant to create links between them, but also to develop and strengthen imaginative ways of turning text of the “play” into various possibilities of performative interpretation. A common denominator for these texts for younger audiences is loneliness i.e., blurred boundaries between online and physical reality, and unlikelihood of ...

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Fireworks in a Can

Fireworks in a Can

Dialogue platform “Fireworks in a Can” introduces the concept of Person-Idea, which came out of the research conducted by Ana Marjanović Shane on a tumultuous meeting of young founders of one democratic school as a stimulus for the creation of an imagined democratic theatre founded by high-school children. This programme involves a presentation of drama-literary analysis of the idea followed by the participants of the tumultuous meeting held two months after they ...

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Better Field or Playing Re:Public

Better Field or Playing Re:Public

The project of interactive theatre performance Better Field is based on the concept of video-game simulation. The aim of the “game” - actually a play created through a theatre process with children - is to bring closer the idea of the creation of the society/world based on the law, democracy and human rights - through the concept of a videogame. Each scene ends in the audience voting on the raised issue. The votes will determine the shape of the ...

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Turning Point

Turning Point

The quality of childhood and growing up has been questionable for the past several decades of our civilization, which smugly calls itself progressive, since many generations have been exposed to the terror of fear based on a series of consecutive crises. Meanwhile, the world claims to be democratic, proclaiming that every child has the right to a safe and healthy childhood, accompanied by the right to good education, culture and age-geared art. All the true, caused, or imposed ...

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OK Method: What, How, Why?

OK Method: What, How, Why?

“OK Method” is the programme for the audience development, stimulation of youth creation and rejuvenation of public institutions and art and culture organizations. It was created in the Theatre of Šabac, between August 2018 and December 2020, where its author, Milena Minja Bogavac, was the director. Invited by the ASSITEJ Serbia, the author has turned the story about one good example of gathering of the young and their participation in the promotion of ...

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Small Door

Small Door

Do we know how to change ourselves? We, who tend to erase the boundaries between the Artworld and the Life world? You, who hold workshops and dialogues, who follow discursive and emancipatory practices? All of those who work with young people and who often use words like participation, commoning, equity? If society builds its institutions by the power of social creativity, called by Castoriadis radical imagination, it has a dynamic structure and can be more or less permeable although ...

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Home Is Where We Feel Good

Home Is Where We Feel Good

“Home Is Where We Feel Good” is created within the scope of Uroš Ranković’s MA studies at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad, Department for Stage Design and Architecture. This immersive theatre event represents research of the phenomenon of space, house, home, trauma, and memory. Theoretical research presents ideas on how we can perceive and analyse a space, how we understand the duality between the notions “house” and ...

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The Genius of the Moment

The Genius of the Moment

Every artistic discipline is able to embrace and be inspired by elements of spontaneity, and music is no exception. In the “free improvisation” that evolved out of both the jazz and contemporary composition traditions, everything from the smallest details to the overall structure is potentially shaped by spontaneous actions and reactions. This was a crucial step not only in the evolution of improvisation and collaborative creation in music, but also in that ...

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What and How Would You Do It? Get Down to Work, My Thought…

What and How Would You Do It? Get Down to Work, My Thought…

Bitef Polyphony’s research line is encircled in programmatic segment “What and how would you do it? Get down to work, my thought…” Overture in encircling consists the presentation of  the (preliminary) results of the research conducted by the Institute for Study of Cultural Development “Cultural needs and preferences of pupils in higher grades of elementary schools” that talks about cultural ...

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56Bitef22:  (Not) The End of the World PHOTO GALLERY

56Bitef22: (Not) The End of the World PHOTO GALLERY

56Bitef22: World Without Women & Dr Ausländer (Made For Germany)

56Bitef22: World Without Women & Dr Ausländer (Made For Germany)

Third Press Conference - Photo Gallery

Third Press Conference - Photo Gallery

FIRST MEDIA CONFERENCE FOR 56th BITEF  -Gallery

FIRST MEDIA CONFERENCE FOR 56th BITEF -Gallery