East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
FAKI: Festival of alternative theatrical expression - call for submissions (Zagreb, Croatia)
The 18th edition of the Festival of alternative theatrical expression – FAKI – is held in Zagreb from May 26 to May 30, 2015, in various adapted spaces of the former medical factory Medika, Pierottijeva 11. As a festival of alternative theatre, street theatre, performance, off- and low-budget theatre, FAKI affirms the idea of theatre as a collective, inclusive art, reviving the community and finding its true function only in conjunction with it, when the entire environment is involved and integrated as a potential audience, with the common progressive and creative denominator.
That is why we have chosen the DIY collectives for this year’s festival theme. The low-budget collectives attach their productions to the independent youth and cultural centers, occupied spaces and squats. FAKI explores the potential of interfering with community to the maximum of mutual possibilities by using the maximum number of artistic strategies, initiatives, art forms, working methods and presentation systems. The objective lies in finding means of collaborative practices for the sustained growth of a unique, highly profiled and efficient discourse between art and community, based on the ever-increasing level of inclusiveness – in all aspects of social, political, cultural and private interactions.
We are on a constant quest for effective alternative strategy for balancing group dynamics in a community that is being regarded as a living and changeable mechanism, which requires new tools and operation modes every season. Like theatre, community is also regarded in terms of liminal and crisis situations, or in other words – we approach the community issues from a radical perspective, because we find that we will only then surrender to it.
Extreme, borderline perspective on community as a crisis focus aims to objectify the practical and purposeful role of art towards community by repeatedly radicalizing, emphasizing and then denuding the real and indicative needs of community and everything we know or think about the role of art in a community. The key artistic procedure is to generate art material from community issues in order to make an exchange of private and public knowledge on human psychology through exploration of gestures and customs on one hand, and personal histories on other hand, trying to abstract main emotional concerns and derived behaviors that ultimately perform one’s identity.
The organisers invite performance artists and collectives to apply for a participation at FAKI 18, devoted to DIY collectives, regardless of the genre, form and character of their vision, but with a special interest in site-specific projects.
FAKI will cover travel costs, accommodation and food for artists residing outside Zagreb. Our performance halls are equipped with basic technical tools (light, sound, projection screens and projectors, technicians, stage manager).
The application deadline is April 20th, 2015.
The Festival of Alternative Theatrical Expression is organized by the Attack Autonomous Cultural Center. The festival is supported financially by the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the City of Zagreb – the City Office for Education, Culture and Sport, the Kultura Nova Foundation and the National Foundation for Civil Society Development.
To find out more, please visit the Festival's website: