DAH Theatre will hold an ‘Arts and Human Rights’ Festival in Belgrade under the slogan ‘Arts in Action’
The aim of the festival, which takes place between 24th-27th February is to showcase ideas and concepts that connect the arts and human rights, as well as the rights of all living beings, and to support the development of these concepts in Serbia.
This year’s edition has the slogan ‘Arts in Action’ and a goal to encourage citizens to take an active role in creating changes in their communities. The festival will also be a platform where artists and human rights defenders will have a chance to connect with each other and the wider community. Local and international individuals and organizations that
promote diversity and directly work with citizens and communities are involved in the programme.
The programme consists of workshops, installations, performances, concerts, discussions, a film premiere, a book promotions and the conference ‘Art and Culture in Affirming Human Rights’;.
Participants of the festival come from Serbia, Spain, Israel, Montenegro, Kosovo and Ireland. Artists from Iran, Belgium and Brazil will join and present their work online.
The program will take place at several locations in Belgrade: UK Parobrod, N.EON Gallery, Dorćol Platz, Mestašce, Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment, KROKODIL and the National Theatre in Belgrade. Anti-Covid measures and and the limitation of gatherings will be respected.
DAH Theatre is an independent, professional theatre troupe and artistic collective that uses the crossroads of modern theatre, dance and visual arts to initiate positive social change. They were founded in 1991 out of the need to experiment in theatre and promote non-violent and tolerant principles in society.
DAH Theatre quickly became know for their uncompromising anti-war performances during the Milošević regime. The troupe has continued its activist work ever since, engaging recently in ecological themes, as in the performance Dancing Trees and the webinar that connects art and ecology.
The festival is supported by the International Relief Fund for Organizations in Culture and Education of the Goethe-Institute, the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the embassy of Israel, the international network ITAC – Climate Impact, and the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria.
The full programme for the festival can be found here, while the in-depth presentation of individual works can be found here.
Main image: Suzon Fuks
Borisav Matić is a critic and dramaturg from Serbia. He is the Regional Managing Editor at The Theatre Times. He regularly writes about theatre for a range of publications and media.
He’s a member of the feminist collective Rebel Readers with whom he co-edits Bookvica, their platform for literary criticism, and produces literary shows and podcasts. He occasionally works as a dramaturg or a scriptwriter for theatre, TV, radio and other media. He's the administrator of IDEA - the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association.