21. 11. 2023

THE 20TH EDITION OF UTE FEST HAS COME TO AN END

On Sunday, November 19, the 20th edition of the Festival of the Union of European Theatres - organized in Cluj - ended with the production of Titus Andronicus staged by András Urbán at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade. This year's international festival HTC230/Studio15/UTEFest20 took place between November 4-19.

During the sixteen days of the festival, the audience was treated to performances by eleven companies from eleven countries. Following the last festival held in Cluj in 2019, this time the event's programme included companies from Greece, the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland, Serbia, Portugal, Slovenia, Italy and Bulgaria.

The festival's performances proved highly popular in the heart of Transylvania. Among the studio productions, seats sold out almost instantly for The Chairs directed by Gábor Tompa at the National Theatre of Luxembourg and The Plague directed by Frank Hoffmann, but audiences also responded enthusiastically to the productions included in the repertoire of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj: Romeo and Juliet (d. Attila Vidnyánszky Jr.), Demons (d. Nuno Cardoso) and Édes Anna (d. István Szabó K.).

Among the main stage productions, the most popular was the Hungarian Szigligeti Theatre from Szolnok and their staging of The Miser, directed by Máté Szabó and starring Zoltán Mucsi.

The accompanying programmes - book launches, public talks, exhibitions - also attracted many visitors to the theatre.

The festival was co-organized by the Corvineum Foundation and the Union of European Theatres.

UTEFest20 was supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Government of Hungary and the Bethlen Gábor Fund, as well as the Cluj-Napoca City Hall and City Council.

The event was made possible with the support of the Office for Interethnic Relations, Energobit, the Communitas Foundation and UNITER. Transportation partner: RMB Inter Auto.