The 1st International Street Theatre Festival in Greece is a fact! The Festival will take place in Athens,
from September 30 until October 4, 2009, in areas within the historical centre of Athens and around the
Sacred Rock of Acropolis. For five days, small or greater spectacles will be presented by Greek and foreign groups.
The Festival is an initiative of Street Theatre HELIX, which invites anyone who works on street theatre,
to embrace it and participate, so as to render it soon in a strong institution, internationally acknowledged,
which will push forward and promote this specific kind of theatre in the open air.
The 1st International Street Theatre Festival is realized in cooperation and with the financing of the
“National Centre of Theatre and Dance”
of the Hellenic Ministry of Civilization, sponsored by the Municipality of Athens, the Cultural Organization
of the Athens City Hall, the Hellenic Centre of International Theatre Institute (iTi) and the General Secretariat
of Youth. The Festival is divided in two parts: the main and the open part. The main part will host strictly selected
groups, while the open part will be free, where single artists or groups can participate,
covering the whole spectrum and expressions of Street Theatre.
The Festival is competitive and four (4) Prizes will be awarded. For the main program,
there are two equivalent Prizes: a) Prize of “Direction and overall conception” and b) Prize of “Proposal for
a spectacle in an open area”. The above Prizes will be accompanied by a money award of 4.000 € each.
A Special Prize will be awarded exclusively in a Greek group, accompanied by an Invitation for participation in an
International Festival abroad. A fourth Prize will be awarded to a group or single artist of the open part,
equivalent to an Invitation for participation in the next year’s Festival, together with a money award of 2.000 €.
The Prizes will be awarded by a special Committee, consisted by independent and renowned people from
the fields of Arts and Theatre.Street Theatre HELIX, as the main organizer of the Festival,
will participate with some spectacles, out of the running.
Street Theatre is characterized by pluralism, multiformity, it uses different materials and has a variety of
starting points, always aiming in the open area. It achieves to intervene and transform the areas of the city,
rendering them in places of action and artistic expression.
The Festival will aim exactly in this multiformity and the elevation of the public areas in a place of expression
and communication of the artistic play with the broader, multifarious and diverse audience.
The Opening Ceremony will take place on the first day of the Festival, in a central open area. During the second,
the third and the fourth day,from the afternoon till late, the groups and single artists will perform,
while during the morning, indoor seminars and discussions will take place.
The morning of the fourth day, in a specific indoor area, there will be the presentation of the groups which participated
in the Festival, as well as the Prizes awards. During the evening of the same day, the Closing Ceremony will take
place, with the parade of the groups and various parties.
Groups or single artists, who are interested in participating in the Festival, are invited to submit their proposals,
as well as their statement of interest, until June 20, 2009. The proposals must be complete, with relevant texts
concerning the groups and the spectacles proposed.
Further, they must be accompanied by photos and DVD. The proposals can be sent in the following address:
FOR THE 1ST INTERNATIONAL STREET THEATRE FESTIVAL
P.O. Box 77225 GR 17510 – Paleo Faliro – Athens – Greece
Also, the groups and single artists can contact us in
the following numbers: 00302109855699 mobile 00306986568492 Ekaterina Vardakastani –
00306948950641 Spyros Andreopoulos or
send a fax: 00302109355690.