Fortress of Peace: Shakespeare the Japanese way and Opera in the Open

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The ‘K.Tempest’ theatre play, based on the Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, will be performed after two years in Novi Sad within the ‘Fortress of Peace’ programme platform of the ‘Novi Sad 2021’.

‘Matsumoto Performing Art Centre’ will visit Serbia for the first time, and they will perform the ‘K.Tempest’ theatre play by Kazuyoshi Kushida in the Novi Sad Theatre on 19 June at 7 p.m.

The play talks about magic, betrayal, revenge and family, and is inspired by the Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. The premiere in Serbia was in 2017 in Novi Sad, and on that occasion, director Kushida stated that, although Shakespeare’s work seems like a fairy tale, the play depicts a real world: ‘I want to show something invisible, something that is felt in a theatre that brings the magical power of art. I would like the audience to feel my thoughts, and not to tuck them in a small box of logic’, said Kushida.

Tickets are available at the Novi Sad Theatre box office at the price of RSD 1000.

Opera in the Open – Young Talents in the Katolička Porta

The ‘Young Talents’ gala concert that is scheduled for 20 June will show that opera can sound equally spectacular in the open, as well as in gala halls. The concert will be held in the Katolička Porta and it will symbolically begin at 20:21.

The ‘Novi Sad 2021 – European Capital of Culture’ and the ‘Operaria’, the first Festival of Opera in Novi Sad, have the same task – to bring culture, i.e. opera, closer to everyone. Dušan Svilar alongside the Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra and the tenor winners of the International Competition of solo singers ‘Vera Kovač Vitkai’ will perform famous opera arias outside the ceremonial and theatre halls.


Summer at the Gallery Square Begins – Two Months of Concerts, Lectures, Films and Dance Parties

The traditional manifestation ‘Summer at the Gallery Square’ of the ‘Fortress of Peace’ programme platform will begin at 22 June. The citizens of Novi Sad will have a chance to enjoy various artistic content, such as concerts and lectures, every Thursday.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for 22 June at 9 p.m., when the treasury of the newly opened Serbian Church Museum in Szentendre, created as a result of a long-standing project of preserving Serbian cultural heritage in Hungary, will be presented to the audience. The pianist Rita Kinka will perform the works of famous Hungarian composers Liszt and Bartók at the presentation.

The following Thursday, 27 June, is reserved for the ‘Milaćopezo’ band that will perform music hits of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, James Brown, Santana, Prince, Sade and others, in the open. One of the favourite bands from Novi Sad will perform within the Summer at the Gallery Square for the first time, and funk, soul, disco, jazz and latin rhythms will entertain the audience from 9 p.m.

At the end of the ‘Fortress of Peace’ programme platform, the culture of New Zealand through Maori art (toi whakairo), Maori songs (waiata), welcoming speech (whaikorero), and food (kai) will be presented. All this will be organised by John Lori, New Zealander, historian, anthropologist and librarian, on 4 July at 9 p.m., with the support and translation by Ksenija Minčić Obradović.

The Summer at the Gallery Square is implemented by the Gallery of Matica Srpska, Memorial Collection of Pavle Beljanski and Gift Collection of Rajko Mamuzić.

The ‘Fortress of Peace’ is the fourth programme platform of the ‘Novi Sad 2021 – European Capital of Culture’ project aimed at promoting Novi Sad as a symbol of peace, communion  and tolerance. Twenty events – concerts, exhibitions, film projections and theatre plays will be held within the platform until 7 July, and Novi Sad will get the monument of peace ‘One Day…’ designed by Yoko Ono, world famous multimedia artist.

You can find full programme on the following link and on social media of the ‘Novi Sad 2021 – European Capital of Culture’ project.

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