May 26th - June 3rd 2015

As a permanent competition festival of national drama and theatre, Sterijino pozorje was established in 1956, within the celebration of the 150th anniversary of birth and the 100th anniversary of death of the great Serbian comedist Jovan Sterija Popovic.
(...) It was then that the programme aims and objectives were clearly articulated: to promote the art of theatre and stimulate the development of dramatic literature through the permanent festival of national drama. In its fifty years of existence, it has instituted and developed activities which bear great importance for the national theatre culture and has become a significant and reliable instrument for identification and verification of stage and dramatic values and, to a great extent, a backbone of scientific and theoretical reflection on theatre and drama.

It is held annually, at the end of May in Novi Sad. The repertoire is based on the selection which is conducted by the three-member team of selectors. The Festival program envelops two selections:

National Drama and Theatre / Competition Selection
- plays of domestic and foreign theatres done after the texts by our playwrights and plays of domestic theatres done after the texts by foreign playwrights

Foreign Selection
- plays of foreign theatres

– A five-member jury decides on Sterija awards within the National Selection: play, contemporary dramatic text, directing, set design, costume design, stage music, acting performance (four awards), Special Award

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