The first edition of KATHE, AKANA! International Roma Theatre Festival presents on 30 August to 6 September, theatre shows and cine-Theatre shows, recent creations and premieres conceived and staged by professional Roma artists from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, and Ucraine. Alex Fifea, the artistic director of the festival, Roma playwright, actor and director, together with Rodrigo Balogh (Hungary), Mihaela Dragan (Romania) and Andrei Serban (Romania) have put together the festival selection of shows.
According to a press release issued by the organizers, KATHE, AKANA! is a cultural platform to present, represent, bridge and start a dialogue to promote cultural diversity, non-discrimination, access to culture and cultural education in order to combat the negative stereotypes on Roma.
“We want to give a voice to Roma through theatre and culture. There is a need to know and acknowledge each others, Roma and non-Roma, in order to reconcile our historic cultural differences. We put together a selection of shows that centre around current themes and aesthetics rooted in documenting the reality and micro-history“, says Alex Fifea, KATHE, AKANA! artistic director and he continues:
“KATHE, AKANA! has a clear social messaging on education, awareness, and reinforcing a positive identity, and their cultural diversity about and with Roma is working towards harmonising things inside the Roma communities, as well as outside, between the non-Roma majority and the Roma communities“, concludes Fifea.
The festival is taking place outdoor, in Sector 5 of Bucharest, at ARTHUB Bucharest and in the show hall of the Jewish State Theatre, but it also presents an opening concert and two online shows. The events are followed by artist talks. The entire program is available as per below.
Entry on the venues will observe legal and sanitation rules in effect. Entry is free, based on reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org, not exceeding venue capacity. Further information on www.katheakana.ro and on Facebook http://fb.me/katheakana
Asociatia pentru Promovarea Artelor Contemporane – APAC and ART HUB Bucharest
Teatrul Evreiesc de Stat, scena.ro
With the support of
Forumul Cultural Austriac la București, Institutul Cultural Maghiar București / Magyar Kulturális Intézet Bukarest, Centrul National de Cultura a Romilor-Romano Kher, Centrul Cultural și de Tineret “Ștefan Iordache” Sector 5
Cultural project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration. The project does not necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how the project results can be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.
Project co-financed by the Capital City Hall through ARCUB within the Bucharest – Open City 2021 Program.