International Festival of Outdoor and Street Theaters FETA

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Country and Region PolandPomorskie
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Gdansk, Pomorskie, Poland
Festival Contact Information

Międzynarodowy Festiwal Teatrów Plenerowych i Ulicznych FETA
80-460 Gdańsk, Poland
ul. Pilotów 11
Phone/Fax: (48) 58 5574247

Festival Description

For four days Gdańsk becomes a city of theatre—Youth Creative Club ”Plama” has the main aim of producing International Street and Open-Air Theatres Festival FETA—loved by citizens and tourist alike. The festival has continued to develop and become more strong, attracting theatre and actors from around the world. The festival promotes art and culture of the whole world, educating and entertaining people, bringing laughter, tears, knowledge and the love of art.

The FETA program includes many attractive productions shown on other renowned street stages world wide. There are always great shows and intimate performances for a small group of spectators, actors on stilts and fireworks, dancers and acrobats. Peculiar settings capture the audience’s attention and makes them involved. The stage has no limits, and the spectator frequently becomes an actor him/herself. The poetics of the performances defies all patterns. Performances include juggler and magician shows, monumental and expressive performances, mimes, stilt walkers, dancers, and stories from every corner of the world add up to form the rich landscape of the Gdańsk street theatrical holiday with its years-tested, faithful though demanding audience. You have to remember that FETA is not only theatre. We show also visual art and have live music during our Festival.

French theatres chose FETA as one of the ten best world’s theatres festivals and the company Cacahuete awarded us with “Gold Nut” Prize for best festival’s program and organization in 1998. Entrance to all performances of the International Street & Open-Air Theatre Festival FETA is free of charge.

Festival Dates July 7 - 14, 2011
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Festival Story:

Since 1997 FETA has been organized mostly in Gdańsk's beautiful Old City. But in 1997, 2001 and 2002 they decided to bring FETA into the unwelcoming environment of Gdańsk's modern district Zaspa—hometown of “Plama”. The Festival combines the poetry of theatre and the prose of the street life.

The festival is one of the largest of its kind in the Central – Eastern Europe. FETA has been visited by theatres from throughout the world including Europe, Australia, Israel, Kyrgystan, India, Argentina, Ghana, Togo, and the USA. FETA draws approximately 100,000 people who range mostly people between 20 and 30 years of age. Since its second edition, FETA has been accompanied by a photographic exhibition called “Foto FETA”. It presents pictures taken at the previous years’ festival taken by professionals and amateur photographers—thanks to these images both the young and the old, have become interested in photography.


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