The fifth HFestival, organized by Heartefact Fund, will be held from 10th to 15th December 2018 in several locations in Belgrade. This year, the citizens of Novi Sad will also get a chance to enjoy some of the programs.
Formerly known as the Festival of Tolerance, HFestival promotes the work of young authors, engaged art, regional collaboration and the need for a responsible society by inviting the public to get familiar and engage with various works from the fields of visual and performing arts that have marked the activities of Heartefact and its partners in the previous year.
The festival will be opened with Fadil Sarki’s photo exhibition “The Paths of the Despair”. The exhibition represents the active testimony of the artist who has traveled with a group of migrants to Hungary during the peak of the migrant crisis.
This year, the festival audience and guests will get a chance to see two theatre performances. Theatre Hotel Bulic from Zagreb will perform Nora, directed by Senka Bulic. This performance is an innovative reading of Ibsen’s classic play, contextualized to question the contemporary issues regarding real and illusory freedom of choice. The second play HFestival’s visitors will be able to see is Finger, written by Doruntina Basha (awarded at Heartefact’s competition in 2011), directed by Ana Tomovic and produced by Heartefact. The performance deals with the position of women in Kosovo whose husbands and sons have disappeared during the war.
Within the festival, Heartefact will announce the best works that have applied for its annual competition for the best contemporary engaged plays, while the winning play will be presented through a public reading. On this occasion, HFestival also organizes the presentation of the master class program of contemporary dramaturgy under the mentorship of Biljana Srbljanovi, held within the NEW platform.
This year, the festival particularly highlights the big Conference on performing arts held within the NEW platform. The Conference is divided into four panel discussions – three thematically defined and devoted to challenges and solutions in the field of performing arts from the perspectives of institutions, independent organizations and festival politics and practices. These panel discussions gather the leading theater experts in the country. The fourth panel discussion, The Rapporteurs’ Note, gathers young theatre practitioners who will summarize the content of all the panels and express their own views.
NEW is a part of a wider platform called New European Ways, which is focused on educating and connecting young authors, strengthening international collaboration and creating basic conditions for the development of the contemporary theatre. NEW is the first regional platform gathering numerous authors and the most important people in the field of contemporary arts, with the goal of networking, exchanging ideas and promoting new authors of the contemporary theatre.
Sarajevo Film Festival will present its program Dealing with the Past by screening four films from this years’ Festival. All the films that will be screened revolve around questioning the newer regional history and wars. Dealing with the Past program will screen Srbenka by Nebojsa Slijepcevic, Chris the Swiss by Anja Kofmel, The Other Side of Everything by Mila Turajlic, and Occupation 1968 by Evdokia Moskvina, Linda Dombrovszky, Magdalena Szymkov, Marie Elisa Schneidt and Stephan Komandarev. The screenings of Srbenka and The Other Side of Everything will be followed by Q&A sessions with the authors. Within this year’s HFestival, Sarajevo Film Festival will also announce the contest for the best directorial concepts based on the unfilmed war stories gathered through the True Stories Market.