Rules and regulations
What Our Mission and History Are
Nottara Theatre in Bucharest, with the support of UNITER, is the organizing force behind the International Theater Festival FEST(in) on the Boulevard. This annual event will run in Bucharest, from 10 to 22 October, 2016.
It is primarily dedicated to the Bucharest community at large and the professional one in particular – Romanian and foreign theater and mass media professionals.
We started this festival three years ago, so we are fairly young. But from the very beginning our polestar goal was to build a Romanian dimension to a valuable principle of the European cultural policies: “Theater is one of the contributing factors that lead to a better quality of life and increase social cohesion”.
Due to its profile, this festival has remained unique in Romania, as there are currently no other competitive festivals dedicated to (all kinds of) CRISES and BOULEVARD THEATER.
Who We Are
The International Theater Festival FEST(in) on the Boulevard is organized by Nottara Theater, with the generous financial support of the City Hall and the Local Council of Bucharest. This funding guarantees a good organization process and covers the awards in the competitive sections. Additional funding may come from different national and international partners and sponsors.
What Our Objectives Are
In the Boulevard Comedy Section the public will be offered a series of successful productions, signed by well established directors and national and international theater stars. The public will thus get a chance to acknowledge true stardom, be it in the actors’, directors’, set designers’ or playwrights’ domains. This selection is meant to be a viable alternative to the ubiquitous promotion of false values, so often aggressively imposed on different media.
The festival also aims at revitalizing the values of true comedy and challenging the biased opinion that it is facile and outdated. It is this section’s aspiration to give an artistic response to the public’s present concerns, thus proving that our theater company keeps an ever closer and hopefully constant relationship with its audience.
This year’s main theme of the first competitive section is Family Crises. By making this choice we do hope to entice our constantly growing audience to discover and appreciate theater arts, especially in the problematic context of our daily lives.
When devising this annual theatrical event we also had in mind some wider cultural goals, such as:
- building up an environment imbued with spiritual and creative emulation;
- widening people’s perspectives via theatrical inputs;
- stimulating cultural 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 order to evaluate the quality of Romanian and foreign theater productions based of 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 use the potential that theater, as a syncretic art, has got;
- facilitating the cooperation of decision makers in the institutional, administrative, and political fields, for the purpose of developing a common significant project.
What We Do
FEST(in) on the Boulevard is an artistic event, which is curated by the Festival Director Marinela Ṭepuṣ, who invites public and private theater companies to perform on the Festival stage in Bucharest.
This year’s edition is a mix of theater productions, debates and lectures on the central themes of the festival, public readings of contemporary Hungarian plays, street events, theater books launches, a photo exhibition dedicated to the third edition of the festival, and, last but not least, the celebration of Nottara’s star actors.
The 2016 edition brings in five main sections, alongside other related events in the Festival.
1. The Comedy Boulevard is the first section of the festival, and it will mainly take place in Nottara Theater’s Horia Lovinescu Hall. It focuses on BOULEVARD COMEDY, with a selection of five to eight successful productions of Romanian and European theater companies. Some of these performances will be preceded by short lectures on Boulevard Theater, which is a genre unduly underestimated by theater professionals in Romania.
According to an IMAS survey, around 70% of the audience prefers comedies. Nottara Theater treasures its comedy-loving public; therefore it has made it its duty to respond to this cultural need, while contributing to the rehabilitation of Boulevard Theater as a genre, in the professional eye. We strongly believe in its cultural value, when such plays enjoy really impeccable stagings.
2. The second section will mainly take place in Nottara Theater’s George Constantin Hall. Its main theme is FAMILY CRISES, which have become a hotly debated and ever present topic in everyday life. This section of the festival addresses these experiences of ours, via the socially-involved artistic medium which is theater. Thus we hope to make people aware of the dangerous dissolution of the model and the traditional family values, as a result of the crisis our society is going through.
3. In 2015 the festival program became richer, since it added a new section called In memoriam. Its purpose was to pay tribute to great artists who have passed away, leaving behind important contributions to the Romanian theater. This year’s edition will give public recognition to the actors Emil Hossu, Ṣtefan Radof, George Alexandru, and Corneliu-Dan Borcia.
4. The second Competitive Section will include a selection of five studio productions presented by theater companies which are NETA (New European Theatre Action) members: Romania (Nottara Theater has been a NETA member since 2015), Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, and Slovenia.
5. MULTI ART EXIT is the one-year-old section of the festival, previously known as the Penitentiaries Festival. It has been a unique event of its kind in Europe for seven years, as it is an educational program meant to contribute to the detainees’ social reinsertion by way of designing new relationships between the detention centers and Romanian society.
The main sections of the festival are organized on a competitive basis, and the prizes will be awarded in a flexible and interactive way, involving both connoisseurs and the theater audience.
What Kind of Festival
The main sections of the festival Fest(in) on the Boulevard are organized on a competitive basis, and the prizes will be awarded in a flexible and interactive way, involving both connoisseurs and the theater audience at large.
Therefore, depending on the budget of this event, we have planned on having two juries: one for the Family Crises Section, and the other one for the NETA Section. Three to five well established theater critics will be members of each of the two juries. They will award Best performance prizes in the two main sections of the festival, the Family Crises and the NETA Sections.
Where and When
Fest(in) on the Boulevard takes place at the beginning of the theater season, when other already established theater festivals have not yet begun, as it is not our intention to affect in any way the activity of theater companies in Bucharest and the country. It will always start in the second decade of October and it will run for eight to fourteen days.
The performances and related events will take place both on Nottara Theater premises and the adjacent street space, but also in other theaters and institutions, cultural institutes, bookstores, etc.
In 2016 our partners will be Odeon Theater, Ṭăndărică Theater, Cotroceni Palace, Ballasi Institute, Cărtureṣti-Verona Bookstore, Ambassador Hotel.
If there are productions in the Off Section of the festival, they will be hosted in the spaces listed above. The festival public may also enjoy the events included in the other sections of the festival: public readings, debates, book launchings, contests, anniversaries. These will take place on the premises of either Nottara Theater or our partners.
Our street events will fill the area around the Theater with joy, and our Boulevard parade will attract people’s attention, inviting them to this theatrical event.
Given the ambition and long-term perspective of the project, we plan on developing it over the next few 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 City Hall.
This year’s edition is special because it means Nottara Theater’s COMEBACK HOME, at 20, Magheru Blvd., after almost a year spent “in exile”, due to a law meant to reduce earthquake risks/ It was enacted in November 2015 and its immediate effect was the temporary closure of our theater and a new itinerant status for the troupe.
Therefore, most of the theater companies in Bucharest and the country that stood beside us, offering to host our productions for the past difficult eleven months of imposed “tours” will be invited to take part in the festival.
This year, the festival will run from 10 to 22 October and its main purpose is TO MAKE THE PUBLIC AWARE OF OUR COMEBACK TO THE HEADQUARTERS IN MAGHERU BLVD. AND INVITE THEM TO OUR HORIA LOVINESCU AND GEORGE CONSTANTIN HALLS.
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. A curator alongside a three-member jury will make the selection of the productions to be invited.
For The Crises Section theaters may submit projects that focus on this central theme. The selection team will make a rigorous choice, based on the cultural and artistic value of each proposal. The end result will be a selection of five to ten productions.
For this section of the festival Nottara Theater will provide logistics, performing space and technical crew. We will also cover the costs of travelling for the artistic and technical crew, accommodation, and fees for up to three days.
The selection criteria include the quality of the text, which should be relevant to the themes of the festival, the quality of the artistic troupe and the technical data of the production, which should be similar to the ones of the space provided by the festival organizers.
The project team, the curators, the critics’ jury, the moderators, and the lecturers will be supported morally and financially by Nottara Theater.
In case of partnership agreements with 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. The two partners may agree to a participation fee or per diem.
The selected productions for any of the Festival’s sections will have at least one performance (as agreed beforehand).
Nottara Theater will cover the costs of accommodation (up to three days), stipends or participation fees and travelling expenses (if necessary), for the companies located more than 300 km away that are included in the festival program.
Logistics and technical support are provided by the organizers, with free-of-charge rehearsal and performance space and time, assembling and dismantling the décor, and technical assistance.
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, journalists and sociologists.
Foreign guests get their accommodation and travelling expenses covered, according to Romanian law. The organizers provide their foreign guests with complimentary tickets for the performances of their choice.
Guests taking part in debates and other festival events, 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 a common one 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 a newsletter of the Festival, made by theater professionals and students.
The Festival team does the necessary media, PR and protocol work for all our guests (press conferences, professionals’ meetings, round tables, book and photo signing sessions, a.s.o.). They will also organize debates and meetings of the public with the star professionals present in our Fest(in) on the Boulevard Festival. All these events will be documented by a video team, whose work will result in a collection of valuable DVD’s.
Looking into the Future
We hope this year’s edition will consolidate the status of the Festival among professionals. We will keep developing partnership relations with other theaters and cultural institutions, so that the burgeoning Off Section could consolidate its status.
We express our confidence that the 2016 edition of our festival will bring in people in even greater numbers, since they are the ones we work hard for.
That is why our audience will be involved in all the public activities of the festival (raffles, contests with awards consisting of invitations to performances, free events, in the limit of available seating, street events, public readings, colloquia) so that, when the curtain falls on this fourth edition of the Festival, we would be able to learn the audience’s opinions and proposals and finally assess (via questionnaires) what their hopes for the next editions of the International Theater Festival FESTin on the Boulevard are.
General Manager of Nottara Theater