This year's Budva Theater City Festival will see its 23rd edition, cementing it as one of the most important cultural events in Montenegro and the region. For years, the festival has gathered artists from around the world and region, often pushing the envelope on theater art.
Back in 1987, when the Festival was launched, Budva was far from the exclusive resort that it is today. Back then the city came up with something completely different to offer visitors in July and August. Even though the old city, with its theater program, and Poets' Square with its literary programme, are the centerpieces of the festival, festivities are staged throughout the city - from the courtyards of elementary schools, through galleries and museums, to local exotic beaches, and finally, abandoned factories.
It is this special quality that attracts artists from all over the world to the city each year. This year's festival programme will be divided into four segments - art, literature, music and stage. Even though the global economic crisis has threatened some of the latest theater co-productions, audiences will still be able to see some quality older shows, along with theater groups from Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Spain, and Germany.
This year's Budva Theater City will stage an intense 40-day-long program. Some of this summer's attractions will include guest appearances by writer Vladimir Pištalo, winner of the Belgrade NIN Novel of the Year Award, the most prestigious literary award in Serbia, and Spanish writer Rafael Argullol.