Rules and regulations
Fest(in) on the Boulevard International Theater Festival
The Sixth Edition – 2018
27 April – 6 May: Planet Shakespeare Section
12 – 21 October: FEST(in) on the Boulevard, the 6th edition & the traditional section
21 -22 November: MultiArt EXIT Section
I. Our Mission
Bucharest City Hall, and Nottara Theatre, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, and UNITER, are the organizing forces behind Fest(in) on the Boulevard International Theater Festival. This annual event will run in Bucharest, from 12 to 21 October 2018.
It is dedicated both to the Bucharest community at large and the tourists visiting Romania’s capital during that time, and also to the theater professionals, festival producers, and Romanian and foreign mass media professionals.
This annual festival is dedicated both to boulevard comedy, which is a largely sought-after theatrical genre, and to current issues that are highly relevant to today’s society.
Starting with its 2018 edition, FEST(in) on the Boulevard has become a partner of the prestigious Shakespeare International Festival. FEST(in) on the Boulevard will host some of its partner’s international productions at Nottara Theater.
The program of the event’ is structured as follows:
-The Communication Crisis competitive Section will present Romanian and foreign theater productions that are mainly dedicated to the young generation, while dealing with their problems. It is our intention to bring to the fore the communication crisis, via theatrical means, since theater is the most socially-involved art form. This is a complex theme, with multiple implications, which are visible both in the individual, and the social realms.
-The Comedy Boulevard competitive Section consists of blockbuster shows, and it has a five-member jury that will be selected among the audience.
-The Fest(in) Premiers Section includes Nottara Theater’s latest productions, other than the themed ones, which are included in other sections.
-The Planet Shakespeare Section is about Nottara Theater’s partnership with Shakespeare International Festival. Six productions included in the program of the latter’s eleventh edition will thus constitute this year’s FEST(in) prologue. Nottara Theater will host productions from Europe (Great Britain), Asia (South Korea) Africa (South Africa), and the United States of America.
-The Special Guests Section focuses on the valuable and successful productions of our partner theaters, which could not fit in any of this year’s other sections.
-The Multi Art EXIT, previously known as the Penitentiaries Festival, has become a section of our festival since 2015. It will take place in November. A unique event of its kind in Europe, it is an educational program meant to contribute to the detainees’ social reinsertion, by way of designing new relationships between the detention centers and the Romanian society at large.
-The Readings Section will focus on plays that deal with the communication crisis.
-The Street Events Section – a few street events are meant to promote the Festival and to attract the public’s attention both to its content and Nottara Theater’s activities. We would thus be targeting different audiences but our aficionados.
-The In Memoriam Section is dedicated to deceased personalities, who have made a seminal contribution to Romanian theater.
The festival also includes related events: colloquia, theater book launches, the opening of a theater photo exhibition, ITCA.RO meetings, Q&A sessions, concerts, and anniversaries.
The main sections are competitive, and the prizes are awarded in a flexible manner, with the direct participation of the connoisseurs and the theater audience.
II. Our Objectives
- Main Objectives
In the Boulevard Comedy Section the public will be offered a series of successful productions that are signed by well established directors. National and international theater personalities star in these productions. The public is thus offered a chance to differentiate true stardom, be it in the actors’, directors’, set designers’ or playwrights’ domains, from the false models that are being aggressively promoted by the mass media. The purpose of this section’s is to address the public’s concerns and to have their artistic expectations gratified, in the hope they would become both theater aficionados and fans of boulevard comedy.
This year’s Communication Crisis Section will hopefully entice our constantly growing audience to discover and appreciate theater artistry, especially against this problematic social background, whose recurring themes keep menacing our daily life balance. From the broader perspective of such notions as “cultural” and “cultural resources”, Fest(in) on the Boulevard may be regarded as a challenge, in the sense that such elements as the theater production, the art, the cultural patrimony, the local traditions, and the mass media should also be included.
B. Other Objectives
When preparing this annual theatrical event we also had in mind some wider cultural goals, such as:
- Building up an environment imbued with spiritual and creative energy;
- Widening people’s perspectives via the theatrical experience;
- Stimulating exchanges between national and international cultural operators;
- Initiating and developing new relationships between Nottara Theater and Romanian and foreign festival networks;
- Providing the audience with an additional tool in evaluating the quality of Romanian and foreign theater productions that are based on talent and virtuosity;
- Inciting other cultural operators in Bucharest to work together toward the common goal of organizing an international festival in the city;
- Stimulating the education and social protection professionals to discover and fructify the potential that theater, with its syncretism, has got;
- Facilitating the cooperation of decision makers in the institutional, administrative, and political fields, for the purpose of developing a common important project.
III. What We Do
FEST(in) on the Boulevard’s main sections are competitive, and the awarding system is flexible and interactive, with the direct participation of the knowledgeable, and theater-loving audience in Bucharest. Therefore, depending on the budget of this event, we have planned on having two juries: a professional one that will be composed of 3 to 5 well-established theater critics, for the Communication Crisis Section, and another one, which will be composed of 3 to 5 spectators, for the Comedy Boulevard Section.
They will award two Best performance prizes, in the two main sections of the festival, Communication Crisis and Comedy Boulevard. They will be financially supported by the organizing theater or the festival sponsors/partners, who may also exclusively award special prizes.
IV. Where and When
Since its inception FEST(in) on the Boulevard has taken place in autumn, mid-October, thus becoming a hallmark for the opening of the theater session.
This year’s edition takes place in three different periods: 27 April – 6 May, the Planet Shakespeare Section; 12 – 21 October, the FEST(in) on the Boulevard Section, the sixth edition (traditional sections); 21 – 22 November, the Multi Art EXIT Section.
The performances and related events will take place both on Nottara Theater premises and the adjacent street space, but also in other partner theaters and institutions, corporation headquarters, cultural institutes, partner bookstores, etc. In 2018 the events will take place at Nottara Theater, Ṭăndărică Theater, Ballasi Institute, Cărtureṣti-Verona Bookstore, and possibly other municipal theaters in Bucharest.
Given the ambition and long-term perspective of the project, we plan on developing it over the next years, so that it becomes relevant for every citizen in Bucharest, thus allowing for an Off Section to be hosted by other theaters that are also financed by the City Hall.
V. Festival Organizers
Bucharest’s City Hall and General Council are the main sponsors of FEST(in) on the Boulevard International Theater Festival. Via Nottara Theater they are also the organizers of the event and the sponsors of the awards (in case no private sponsors would be attracted in supporting it).
Our marketing team will try to attract national and international partners, and sponsors, as well.
VI. How to Take Part in the Festival
Drama and puppet theaters, both private and public, from Romania and Europe may apply, provided they agree to the terms of participation described below. The curators of the festival are the theater manager, and/or the theater professionals appointed by her. At this year’s edition three ladies have teamed up for the selection process: Marinela Ţepuş, general manager of Nottara Theater, Raluca Rădulescu, radio producer, and Narcisa Mocanu, who works for the foreign productions section.
In order to participate in the Crisis Section theaters may submit projects that focus on this central theme. The selection team reserve the right to admit or reject the submitted productions, thus insuring a rigorous selection, based on the cultural and artistic value of each proposal. The end result of their work for this most important section of the festival will be a selection of seven to ten productions.
Nottara Theater will provide the logistics, the performing space and the technical crew. We will also cover the costs of travelling for the artistic and the technical crews, as well as for the set and costumes. We will provide fees for the actors and the technical crew (the directors and set designers will receive a fee, provided they have had such a provision included in their contract with the producer, a copy of which must be provided to the festival organizers), and accommodation for them for up to three days.
The selection criteria include the quality of the text, which should be relevantfor the sections and themes of the festival, the quality of the production as a whole, and its technical data, which should be similar to the ones of the spaces provided by the festival organizers.
The results of the selection process will be made public and advertised no later than 20 May 2018. The ensuing budget negotiations for the travel to Bucharest and participation in the festival, as well as the programming of the productions will be made no later than 11 June 2018.
The project team, the curators, and the jury members will be feed, thus being morally and financially supported by Nottara Theater.
In case of partnership agreements with the foreign companies, for Nottara’s tours abroad or participations in festivals that are being organized by our partners, they will cover the same type of expenses as those covered by our theater company in Bucharest.
- Troupes’ Participation
The selected productions for any of the Festival’s sections will have at least one performance (as agreed beforehand with the organizers).
Nottara Theater will cover the costs of accommodation (two up to three days), stipends or participation fees and travelling expenses (for persons, sets, and costumes), for the companies located more than 300 km away that are included in the festival program. In case of complex and lengthy stage and light setting, accommodation costs may be covered for theater companies located less than 300 km away.
Logistics and technical support are provided by the organizers, with free-of-charge rehearsal and performance space and time, assembling and dismantling the décor, technical assistance, and personnel transportation in between the airport and the hotel (if necessary).
- Individuals’ Participation
The festival team also takes pleasure in inviting a number of special guests, Romanian and foreign personalities: theater critics and producers, professors, theater managers and festival directors, and journalists.
Romanian and foreign special guests get travelling expenses and accommodation costs covered, for the whole period of the festival, according to Romanian law. The organizers cover the guests’ train (SNCFR), airplane, or car travel expenses, according to Romanian law.
Foreign special guests, such as international festival directors, theater managers, producers, internationally recognized professionals, theater critics, sociologists, and political scientists are also invited.
Foreign guests are provided with complimentary tickets for the performances of their choice, and their accommodation and travelling expenses are covered by the organizers, according to Romanian law.
Guests taking part in colloquia and debates, as well as jury members and communicators will get a negotiated fee, according to Romanian law.
Bus transfers from and to the train station and the airport are included in the festival offer, as is local transportation for performance reasons (production, rehearsals, printing house, organizing committee, collaborators).
- How to Advertise
PR and Press Facilities are provided by the festival. It covers the costs for the editing and production of advertising materials specific for a cultural event of this dimension: banners, individual graphic posters and outdoors for the performance schedule, flyers, folders, festival and Nottara branded pens, theater bills, headers, trophies, bags and T-shirts bearing the Festival and Nottara Theater logos, invitations, and the Festival newsletter, made by theater professionals and students. All of this contributes to the event’s visibility both in Bucharest, the country at large and abroad.
The Festival team does the necessary media, PR, protocol work (flower offering at the end of the shows and important related events), and organizes press conferences, professionals’ meetings, round tables, colloquia, Q&A sessions, etc.).
VII. Looking into the Future
Fest(in) on the Boulevard International Theater Festival brings in a complex and modern cultural endeavor, which is unique in the Romanian festival market. It will be completed with meetings of the public with the invited star professionals during debates, colloquia, book and photo signing sessions, film and radio presentations. All these events will be documented by a video team, whose work will result in a collection of valuable DVD’s.
The productions in the Off section of the festival will be hosted in the spaces listed above. The festival public may also enjoy the events included in the related sections of the festival, such as public readings, colloquia, debates, book launches, contests, anniversaries. These will take place on the premises of either Nottara Theater or our partners (other theaters, cultural institutions, bookstores etc.).
Our street events will fill with joy the area around the Theater, be it the sidewalk in front of the theater, or the parking lot across the theater and Magheru Boulevard (between Romana Sq. and University Sq.). All these events aim at attracting people’s attention, and inviting this potential audience to step inside and watch this theatrical event.
We are counting on increasing the Festival’s importance and authority every year by developing partnerships with other theaters and cultural institutions, so that the burgeoning Off Section would consolidate its status.
We are keen on increasing the Festival’s prestige and dimension, by staying connected with its addressees: Bucharest residents and visitors. That is why the spectators will be involved in all the festival activities (raffles, invitation-based contests, free events in the limit of available seating: street events, public readings, colloquia). So that, when the curtain falls on this sixth edition of the Festival, we would be able to learn the audience’s opinions and proposals, and assess (via questionnaires) what their hopes for the next editions of FEST(in) on the Boulevard International Theater Festival are.
You can register from 26 March to 16 April 2018 (postmark), by filling in the form that can be downloaded from www.festinpebulevard.ro. The proposals may be sent via email (transfer), to Ciprian Duica’s address: email@example.com, or Marinela Ţepuş’s address: firstname.lastname@example.org. DVDs will be sent to Nottara Theater, 20 Gheorghe Magheru Blvd, Bucharest 010334, to the attention of Mrs. Marinela Ţepuş. Please mention FEST(in) registration on the envelope.
General Manager of Nottara Theater