Monday, September 18th; Cultural Centra Travno, Blue venue; 18.00 h; in Croatian; for adults
A LASTING CHILDHOOD – PUPPETRY, THE CITY AND US, editor Darko Juka
Publisher: Lutkarsko kazalište Mostar / Mostar Puppet Theatre
A luxurious theatre monograph called “Lasting childhood – Puppetry, the City and Us” was published as part of the celebration of 70 years of uninterrupted artistic work of Mostar Puppet Theatre. It was created and edited by the writer and journalist Darko Juka, and it offers a lively overview of the seven-decade-long creative path of Mostar Puppet Theatre and all the children who grew up with its extraordinary plays.
“We created a literary monument to perseverance, to a light that has not gone out despite all the trials that it has endured,” said Juka. The theatre’s director Tibor Oreč points out that they are well aware of their great social responsibility and that it drives them to do their work with dedication and with unwavering love.
In addition to numerous photographs from every period of the theatre’s history, the celebratory monograph also abounds with texts by regionally and internationally recognised directors, playwrights and dramaturges, dedicated to the birthday of the Mostar Puppet Theatre.
CONTEMPORARY PUPPETRY AND CRITICISM, editor-in-chief Igor Tretinjak
Publisher: Akademije za umjetnost i kulturu u Osijeku / Academy of Arts and Culture in Osijek
Contemporary puppetry has been breaking down its own barriers for years, expanding and enriching itself. In that effort, active viewers and critics represent necessary interlocutors and final co-authors of the performance – the book Contemporary Puppetry and Criticism is shaped around these characteristics. In the first part of the book, the authors approach this form of expression in Croatia, Slovenia, Scotland and Lithuania in terms of theory and history, before turning to criticism and the critic in the second part. In order to not dwell on theory alone, the book is completed with examples of critiques created at workshops of the Creative Europe project “EU Contemporary Puppetry Critical Platform”. This book is also the result of that project and represents a potential basis for further dialogue and the interweaving of contemporary puppetry, theory and criticism.
editor Igor Tretinjak