MINSK, 24 November (BelTA) – The 17th edition of the international festival of student and youth theatres Teatralny Kufar, BSU 2020 will open on 2 December, BelTA learned from the press service of Belarusian State University (BSU).
This year's festival will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the famous UNOVIS group of artists founded in Vitebsk on the initiative of Kazimir Malevich. More than 100 artists from Belarus, Russia, Iran, and Brazil will present twelve amateur and professional productions. The main events of the festival will take place in Minsk on 2-5 December. Foreign productions will be streamed on the YouTube channel of the festival.
The festival traditionally brings together amateur and professional theater companies. This year's edition will feature from companies from the Vitebsk Culture Center and the BSU, Anna Sulima's Document Theatre from Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts, and children's theater workshop “AGA” of the Minsk State Palace of Children and Youth.
Teatralny Kufar, BSU 2020 will feature only the Grand Prix award. The winner will be decided with the help of the audience, who will be asked to fill in a ballot after every performance. All events of the festival are free of charge. The organizers will take all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of the audience.
The BSU has held the Teatralny Kufar festival since 2004. The festival annually brings together up to 20 theaters, more than 250 participants from various countries and draws around 12,000 spectators. A total of 230 theaters from 65 countries have taken part in the festival since its foundation.
The festival has been part of the International University Theatre Association since 2006 and of the executive committee of the association since 2008. In 2011, in line with the Council of Ministers' resolution, the festival was added to the official register of festivals hosted by Belarus. In 2012, it was named Belarus' Brand of the Year.
Teatralny Kufar, BSU was nominated for the special award of the Belarusian president to figures of culture and art three times.