Belaya Vezha to bring together friends
Teams from 13 countries to take part in 20th Belaya Vezha International Theatre Festival, to be held in Brest
The jubilee festival will be attended by artistes from Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Germany, Georgia, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Tunisia and Ukraine, delighting the audience with their drama, puppet, street, musical and plastic performances. The festival features theatrical companies who have won Grand Prixes in previous years.
“The function of the theatre has been, remains and will ever be enlightenment. We aim to show the diversity of world theatres, presenting all theatrical genres, and various groups from different countries,” notes the Director General of the Brest Academic Drama Theatre, Alexander Kozak.
As is traditional, residents and guests of the city over the River Bug are awaiting performances by street theatres. The Theatre of Suitcases, from Polish Wroclaw, is presenting a comedy, entitled Satiriada: an interactive performance uniting theatrical and circus arts. Another Polish company, Travel Bureau Theatre (Teatr Biuro Podróży), will show its Loath to Depart in Lenin Square.
This year, the Brest Academic Drama Theatre has launched an electronic ticketing system; around 500 tickets have been sold online, for 22 performances. The 20th Belaya Vezha International Theatre Festival is staging works in Russian and Belarusian, as well as in Bulgarian, English, Lithuanian, Tunisian and Ukrainian languages, with interpretation.
Artistes will perform on five stages around the city. Moreover, famous theatrical critics from Belarus, Russia, Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic States will be invited to Brest. The Artistic Leader of the Brest Academic Drama Theatre also has plans to turn the international forum into a festival of theatrical art, inviting unique folklore groups and organising exhibitions.
By Veniamin Velikhov