Somewhere at the edge of the world, and perhaps even beyond it, there is a forest. In that forest, two friends – a bear and a hedgehog – had spent every night sitting on swings and looking at the sky. That evening was no different. It looked like the two of them would once again look at the sky and wish on shooting stars together. But… The hedgehog was unusually quiet that night. It was clear that the evening would be different. It was clear that that was the evening when the hedgehog would ask the question that would change their lives forever…

Exam performance by Maja Lučić in her 2nd year of Puppetry Directing grad

Based on the same story of Sergei Grigorievich Kozlov

  • Authors of the text: Maja Lučić i ansambl / Maja Lučić and the ensemble
  • Dramaturge and director: Maja Lučić
  • Mentor: doc. art. Tamara Kučinović
  • Visual identity of the performance: Maja Lučić
  • Set making: Maja Lučić s obitelji, Siniša Ardelić / Maja Lučić and family, Siniša Ardelić
  • Puppet making: Maja Lučić, Tamara Kučinović, Toni Leaković
  • Music: Maja Lučić
  • Cast: Toni Leaković, Andrija Krištof
  • Age: 12+
  • Duration: 45 minuta
  • Language: in Croatian


The Academy of Arts and Culture in Osijek is the only artistic-teaching organisational unit of the University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer in Osijek. It started operating independently in the academic year 2004/2005 as the Academy of Arts in Osijek. Today, it has six departments. There are several undergraduate university study programmes, including Acting and Puppetry, and Theatre, Film and Television Design (which includes puppet design and technology). The Academy of Arts and Culture has the only puppetry programme in Croatia (and neighbouring countries). At the Department of Theatre Arts, as part of the Acting and Puppetry study programme, students study both dramatic acting and puppetry and acquire a bachelor's degree in acting and puppetry. Graduate university programmes include the Puppetry Animation study programme and the entirely new Puppetry Directing study programme. The Academy contributes to Osijek’s cultural and artistic life by organising numerous events such as the Dioniz festival and Lutkokaz (an international puppetry revue – a meeting of puppetry academies and small puppet theatres). Acting and puppetry students successfully toured their puppet performances at festivals in the country and abroad (Slovakia, Russia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland and Italy). They are regular guests at PIF where they showcase their undergraduate and graduate exam productions, new approaches to puppetry and innovations in stage performance. The performance Rainbow, created as a graduation exam, won four awards at the 48th PIF.

Akademija za umjetnost i kulturu u Osijeku
Kralja Petra Svačića 1F
31 000 Osijek
Hrvatska / Croatia
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