February 16, 2019 - Kotor Festival of Theater for Children once again confirmed its quality by being awarded the Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE) label the next two years, the Organizing Team of the Festival announced.
"The first mission of EFFE is to label quality. This award festivals obtain for artistic dedication, inclusion in the local community and the European and global context.
Two years ago, the Kotor Festival of Theater for Children received this quality label for the first time when the international jury approved the application after a successful evaluation by the team of experts.
The quality that was then recognised the Festival team succeeded to keep in the last two editions, and the festival extended the EFFE label for the next two years (2019-2020). EFFE Platform is part of the European Festival Association’s active involvement in the European Cultural Policy Development Mission, and EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe is the result of a long-standing EFA cooperation with the European Commission and the European Parliament.
Kotor Festival of Theater for Children will boast quality in the coming period, as witnessed and committed to the work of the renowned children's festivals and theatre troupe for the 27th edition of the festival that is expected this July," says the Festival’s announcement.
"With such dedication and work for children, we make Kotor and Montenegro better places - more noble, creative, more beautiful and more culturally. Our vision is that Kotor is the centre of theatre arts for children and young people in the region of South East Europe and beyond. From summer to summer we are making a fairy tale town for children," said Kotor Festival of Theater for Children.
How was the Kotor Festival of Theater for Children born?
(from the Festival's website)
Precisely at noon, on February 12th way back in 1993, in the town of Kotor, the meeting was held. And not just any kind of meeting, but an exceptional and interesting one. That meeting brought together a group of like-minded people, theatre enthusiasts among which were Vladimir Grubanov, Živomir Joković, Milan Karadžić, Stevan Koprivica, Slobodan Marković, Vanja Popović, Ljubivoje Ršumović, Branislav Milićević, Voja Soldatović and Stevan Bošnjak as idea creators and initiators of this meeting. Besides the President of the Municipality of Kotor Assembly, Vidosava Kašćelan, the Minister of Culture of Montenegro, Ilija Lakšić and town officials attended the meeting.
Two months later, on April 14th, in Belgrade, it was decided that the Festival will be held in July, and the Assembly of Municipality of Kotor made the decision about founding Yugoslav Festival of Theatre for Children.
Although it was named Yugoslav Festival of Theatre for Children, the initiators had hoped even before the first festival took place, that the festival will soon become an international event.
The first festival was officially opened by Vidosava Kašćelan, on Saturday, July 3rd, 1993 on the Square of Arms with a ceremony named Kotor fairy-tale. And from that day on, there is no end to Kotor fairy-tale.
Year after year, the festival has grown as some mischievous freckled child from Kotor, every time more cheerful, colourful and imaginative, but always as a child in its heart. In its eleventh year, the Festival decided to change itself a little bit. On Friday, March 12th 2004, the former Yugoslav Festival of Theatre for Children received a new name - Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children, named after the town in which it was created.
Festival's Map, Copyright: Kotor Festival of Theater for Children
Kotor Festival of Theater for Children Call for Cooperates for 27th Edition
Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children Foundation announced the call for entries in Educational and Creative Arts for Children Programs of 27th Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children, to be held 1-12 July 2019. The call is open February 7 - April 1.
Educational and Creative Arts for Children Programs mean educational, literary, visual art and music programs. Detailed instructions and application form are available at the Festival's official website.
The primary criterion for selection of these programs is their artistic quality, innovation and novelty of subjects. All applications must be submitted by April 1, 2019, at the latest. The result of the final selection and the Editorial Board of the Festival decisions will be announced on Festival's official website by May 15, 2019, at the latest.