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The Regina Maria Theater, in partnership with the Bihor County Council, the Oradea City Hall, the FITO Cultural Foundation and UNITER, organizes the 6th edition of the Oradea International Theater Festival between September 23 and 30.

As every year, the spectators are invited to enjoy eight intensive days of theatre, during which they will have the opportunity to watch 26 performances from renowned theater companies from all over the country, but also from across the border and 2 reading performances. In addition to the theatrical performances, this edition will also be completed by a series of related events, which have the role of occasioning the creation of very special cultural meeting spaces.


The Oradea International Theater Festival will include three large sections: the competition section - SHORT THEATER FESTIVAL, reached the edition with number XXIV, section INVITED SHOWS – OFF COMPETITION and a festival novelty, the section WITH YOUNG PEOPLE, FOR YOUNG PEOPLE – Romania after 100 years, dedicated to the Centenary of the Great Union.

The Short Theater Festival is a unique cultural event in the Romanian theatrical landscape and has a competitive character. This year the selection was made by Victoria Balint - the head of the cultural projects and public relations office of the Queen Maria Theater and includes 14 productions made by both institutionalized theaters and those from the independent environment. The jury, made up of five cultural personalities, namely: theater critics Ion Parhon (who this year will take the place of president of the jury), Elisabeta Pop and actors Teodor Corban, Cristian Șofron and Richard Balint, will award five prizes.

The Short Theater Festival also includes the "Dramatic Creation Competition Dedicated to the Short Play", which aims to encourage original Romanian dramaturgy, especially short theatre. 15 texts were entered in the competition this edition, and the winner will be designated by the jury made up of theater critics Oana Borș, Claudiu Groza and actor Eugen Țugulea.

The INVITED PERFORMANCES - OFF COMPETITION section is specially dedicated to the people of Oradea and brings to the audience exceptional productions, which have aroused admiration everywhere they have been played. Of the eight shows that fit into this section, two come from far away: from France - Les Rois Vagabonds, with the show "Concerto pour deux clowns" and USA - Trap Door Theater, with the show "Occidental Express".

The section "WITH YOUTH, FOR YOUTH - Romania after 100 years" is part of the series of events dedicated to the Centenary of the Great Union within the festival and starts from the principle of capitalizing on the historical importance of the make-up of Greater Romania, but through the lens of young people, of those who represent the present and the future of this country, which continue the efforts of the predecessors to create a united, independent and culturally rich Romania. Within this section, several theater performances have been selected that deal with social themes, emphasizing current or recent issues that have mainly been faced by young people.

In addition to this idea, the performances that are part of the Short Theater Festival, whose selection starts from the same principle, will also be analyzed by a jury made up of four young students, who come from the most prestigious theater faculties in the country.

Also within the events dedicated to the Centenary of the Great Union, the poetry show "Treptele Unirii", supported by the actor Emil Boroghină, is included.

Also, in addition to the events intended for the Centenary celebration, book lovers are invited to the launch of the volume "They are among us (the book of monologues)", written by playwright Mihai Ignat.

The Oradea International Theater Festival also joins the efforts to rebuild the Palace of the Greek-Catholic Episcopate and launches the campaign "A FESTIVAL FOR ORADEA - together for a building, the artists support the reconstruction of the Palace of the Greek-Catholic Episcopate". At the open-air performances "Mioriţa", "Eutopia" and the Concert in 2 performed by Ada Milea and Bobo Burlăceanu, the entrance is free, but there will be urns where the spectators can donate money for the reconstruction of the palace building, and the amount collected will be transferred to the accounts of the Diocese.

The events within FITO 2018 will take place in eight different spaces, exploring both the conventional, through the performances at the Great Hall of the Theater and the Arcadia Hall, and the unconventional, through the performances with the public on stage at the House of Culture of the Trade Unions, the National Information and Promotion Center Turistica Bihor, Sala Studio Szigligeti, Sala Florica Ungur, Studio Act and the mobile stage located outdoors.

FITO, one of the most important cultural events in Oradea, will bring together big names of the Romanian theater this year, among which we remember the actors Maia Morgenstern, Emil Boroghină, Constantin Cojocaru, Emilian Oprea, Andreea Vasile, but also directors, critics and theater directors. We estimate a total of 500 guests.

Thank you to everyone who was with us: official sponsor Raiffeisen Bank, official partner Holcim, sponsors Rotary Club Oradea, Rotary Club Oradea Art Nouveau, D&C, Mic Mobilier Trans, Lions Club, A'la Chef Catering, SC Congips, Farmacia 3 and all media partners: Zile si Nopți Magazine, Cotidianul Crișana, Jurnalul Bihorean, Bihoreanul, Bihorștiri, Evenimente Oradea, Agerpres, Yorick Magazine, Radio Romania Cultural, Ghid Local, Magic FM, Aleșd Online, InfoOradea, UZP Bihor and Party Oradea.

Tickets will go on sale starting September 3 at the Theater Agency from Tuesday to Friday between 12:00 and 18:00, and on weekends between 10:00 and 13:00. You can buy tickets an hour before the show or online on For additional information and ticket reservations, we invite you to call the phone number: 0372/368.475.

We are waiting for you at the festival!


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