Theater-goers from Poland, France, the USA, Ukraine, Georgia will take part in unusual festival on the territory of the restorable Czech castle

The castle Hartenberg in the west of Czech Republic being famous as a place to have fascinated great Gote will hold an unusual festival in which representatives of theater groups from different countries in the world will take part.

Unlike traditional theater festivals where creative competition within the framework of a contest program is accented the main idea of a new forum will be a creative exchange, a mutual penetration of acting technique development methods used by followers of different theater schools.

International theater festival-workshop “Hartenberg – 2011” will be held on 18-25th of August.

Representatives of alternative theaters from Poland, France, the USA, Ukraine, Georgia have already proved their participation.

Participants of the forum will setup an international tent camp on the territory of the castle and will get a possibility to make hours-long joint acting technique workshops under the direction of directors presenting different theater schools.

“Last year we supported an initiative of Ukrainian Theater na Zhukah and helped to organize a theater camp in the castle where their colleagues from Poland and France took part. The meeting appeared to be so unusual and useful for everybody and then we decided to develop this idea and organize a small festival. Now we are actively preparing to this event and specially for it we will build a new stage in the castle`s yard. We are indulged in the castle reconstruction and we want to make this place attractive for creative people, for art-tourism and eventually to attract people to the problems of this historical monument”, – said the representative of organizational committee, the head of non-government organization “Hartenberg” Bedřich Loos.

Dmytro Ternovyi, producer and actor of Ukrainian Theater na Zhukah as an art-partner of the forum noticed: “We are planning to bring together representatives of different theater schools in Hartenberg so each of them could share its knowledge and experience with others”.

Several performances are expected to be played during the festival. More detailed information will be published later as it is in the process of forming now.

The castle Hartenberg ( which is not far from Karlovy Vary was built in the 12th century, during its centuries-old history was plunged into destruction several times, the biggest destruction happened in the 20th century when the castle suffered from a big fire in 1985. One of the brightest pages of castle’s history is connected with the great poet Ioganne Gote who stayed in Hartenberg and wrote here one of his famous masterpieces – famous “Elligues”. For the last years the castle has been actively reconstructed by means of the local enthusiasts and volunteers from tens countries of the world.