Following its last occurrence in 2008, the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj will once again be the host of the prestigious festival of the Union des Théâtres de l'Europe, after an 11-year hiatus. The 18th edition of UTE FEST - the Union des Théâtres de l'Europe Festival will take place in Cluj, between November 19 and 30.
The Union des Théâtres de l’Europe (UTE) was founded in 1990 by world-renowned Italian director Giorgio Strehler, the manager of the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, and Jack Lang, French politician, former minister of culture and education. The organization, which currently has 34 members, included the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj among its members in 2008, while Gábor Tompa, the theatre’s managing and artistic director was elected as the head of the organization at the Union’s General Assembly, held in May 2018.
The Union des Théâtres de l'Europe is an alliance of theatres and theatre artists that facilitates innovative transnational theatrical collaborations and international exchanges. One of its key goals is to preserve and transmit European cultural heritage by providing a platform for international productions, supporting the individual and collaborative efforts of young artists, their encounters with experienced artists, and their participation in projects that critically analyze political and social issues.
The 12-day festival, which will take place in the second half of November, will feature productions by 15 member theatres and individual members, including the creations of great artists such as Armin Petras, Gabriele Vacis, Simos Kakalas, Andrei Şerban, Giorgio Barbiero Corsetti, Marco Solari and Alessandra Vanzi, Boris Liješević, Yannis Leontaris , Nuno Cardoso, Frank Hoffmann, Botond Nagy, Silviu Purcărete, Margarita Mladenova, Gábor Tompa, Ferenc Sinkó, Michal Dočekal, Klim Kozinsky, Enikő Eszenyi, Yvonne Jansen and Rafael Sanchez.
Check out the program of the 18th edition of the Union des Théâtres de l’Europe Festival - UTE FEST HERE, while more information about the performances featured will be available on the festival's upcoming website.
The main financier of UTE FEST is the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, the Bethlen Gábor Fund, as well as the Cluj-Napoca City Hall and City Council.
Tickets for the festival’s performances will be available starting with October 8, at the theatre’s ticket office and online at www.biletmaster.ro.
The organizers of the festival reserve the right to alter the program.