Belgrade International Theatre Festival

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BITEF
Belgrade International Theatre Festival
Location(s) Belgrade, Serbia
Artistic director Jovan Ćirilov
Foundation 1967
Founded by Mira Trailović, Jovan Ćirilov
Date(s) September
Website
www.bitef.rs

The Belgrade International Theatre Festival (BITEF) is a theatre festival that takes place annually in Belgrade, Serbia.

Founded in 1967, BITEF has continually followed and supported the latest theatre trends.[1] It has become one of the most significant culture festivals of Serbia.[citation needed]

During the 1960s, the founders of this festival (Mira Trailović, Jovan Ćirilov and their associates) courageously followed tumultuous events in global theatre teeming with avant-garde explorations.[citation needed] In the 1908s, BITEF showed Belgrade the highest reaches of the art of theatre, thus becoming one of the few festivals comprising both experimental forms and significant classic achievements.[citation needed] In spite of political-economic crisis and embargo, in the final decade of the 20th century, BITEF, thanks to the help of international culture centres, government and non-government organizations, managed to keep abreast with the rest of world, through promotion of new theatre trends and ultimate theatre values.

In 1999, BITEF was awarded a Special Prize Premio Europa Per Il Teatro, Taormina arte.[citation needed] BITEF was the first international theatre festival to receive an award from Premio Europa.[citation needed]

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