Festival “Theatre City” is one the most prestigious cultural manifestations in the country and region, which has been taking place during the summer months in Budva (Montengro) under the patronage of Municipality of Budva. Since its founding, in 1987., this festival is rebuilding Mediterranean spirit of the Old Town and each and every one of its squares and piazza’s, but also parts of the town that are outside of the old-town’s center, and it changes them into a scene in the open on which every visitor and passer-by can become a participant of the artistic act. Since it is, from its founding, an integral part of tourist offering of the city, Theatre City and Budva as well became and an indispensable destination not just to ordinary tourists but also to cultural - tourists, and to that attests the fact that the festival is every year visited by over 15.000 people.
“Theatre City” was conceived as a intersection of contemporary achievements first of all theatrical, and then art, musical and literary creations, and by its program quality still confirms its prestige not just as a host to many troops and creators, but also with a quality of its production activities with which it questions authentic cultural heritage of Budva and Montenegro, and ability to implement those questions into modern models of artistic practices. The most famous plays from the production workshop of “Theatre City” (57 so far), done independently or in cooperation with renowned theatres from country and region, such as “Kanjoš Macedonović”, “False Czar Šćepan the Small”, “Waiting for Godot”, “Karolina Nojber”, “Banović Strahinja”, “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Path of Jegor”, “Konte Zanović”, “Montenegrini”, “The Tempest”, “Hamlet”, “Caligula”, “Skočiđevojka”, “Don Krsto”, “La Dispute”, “Othello”, “The Cherry Orchard”, “Zorba the Greek”, “Divine Comedy”, “The Chioggia Scuffles” etc, are with its innovative approach already recognized as plays that changed tendencies in theatre life in the region. Careful selection of visiting programs, based on choosing the best projects of the classical theatre, but also of the theatres that turned to new tendencies, is what makes this festival recognizable not just to the audience but also to the professionals in the branch. Many guest from abroad, and not just the region, are also present on this festival , just to name few; Australian “Strange Fruit”, German “Titanik”, “Volcano theatre”, “Atis teatar”, Moscow theatre “Ruben Simonov”, theatre Roma “Parlipe”, troop from Israel “Vertigo”, Theater an der Ruhr…
Music, arts and literary program are also integral parts of “Theatre city”. In “Santa Maria in Punta”, main exhibition space, works of many artist from the region have been presented, among them are Voja Stanić, Miloš Šobajić, Slobodan Slovinić, Milorad Bato Mihailović, Dušan Otašević, Milan Cile Marinković, Stevan Luketić, Jovan Ivanović, Mustafa Skopljak, Branko Miljuša, Nikola Gvozdenović-Gvozdo, Cvetko Lainović, Pavle Pejović, Mile Skračić, Izet Alečković, Jelena Papović and many others. As Festival is also pursuing modern forms of art, some of these events were marked by performers selected by Marina Abramović, performing of Oleg Kulik, Luka Lagator, “Montenegrin Beauty” installations from by now affirmed modern Montenegrin artist such as Irena Lagator, Jelena Tomašević, Roman Đurović, Suzana Pajović Živković.
Music program was formed as a great festival within “Theatre City”… Special phenomenon of this festival is literary manifestation by the name of “Poet’s Square”, a unique meeting of literary creators and the audience. Imagined as a place of presenting new structures, poetics, methods and publishing enterprises, “Poet’s Square” gets its conclusive meaning by establishing a dialogue between the creator and interpreter with the audience, whether that be by reading text or by live dialogue. “Poet’s Square” is a proof that literary and social questions are made alive and timeless just through exchanging information. Some of the guests of the “Square” were Ronald Harwood, Joseph Konrad, Alexandar Genis, Tadeuš Ružević, Borislav Pekić, Milorad Pavić, Matija bećković, Dušan Kovačević, Svetlana Velmar Janković, Izet Sarajlić, Stevan Raičković, Luko Paljetak, David Albahari, Svetislav Basara, Zoran Živković, Miljenko Jergović, Vladimir Pištalo, Andrzej Stasiuk, Rafael Argullol, Božo Koprivica, Dragan Radulović, Ludvig Bauer, Balša Brković, Ante Tomić, Renato Baretić, Filip David,… During the Festival many conversations with currant artist are organized, as well as round tables and scientific assemblies with subjects regarding questioning contemporary cultural-artistic creations and business models in culture sector today. “Theatre City” is also in publishing business.
Since 1994. “Theatre City” has established an award for drama creations by the name of “Theatre City”, and an award for literary creations named “Stefan Mitrov Ljubiša”.
List of winner of the award “Theatre City”: 1994. Dejan Mijač, director 1995. Jagoš Marković, director 1996. Vojislav Brajović, actor 1997. Nikita Milivojević, director 1998. Miodrag Tabaèčki, scene-designer 1999. Anita Mančić, actress 2000. Branimir Popović, actor 2001. Svetozar Cvetković, actor 2002. not awarded 2003. changing the concept of the award, jury- council of experts has equally assigned an award for 4 categories – for achievements in acting: Petar Božović; for artistic challenging: Suzana Pajević-Živković; for achievements in music: Roman Simović; for Mediterranean spirit: Predrag Matvejević, 2004. Tomaž Pandur, director 2005. Dragan Mićanović, actor 2006. Radmila Vojvodi, director 2007. Vida Ognjenović, director 2008. Sonja Vukićević, ballet dancer and choreographer 2009. Nebojša Glogovac and Mihailo Janketić, actors 2010. Feliks Pašić, posthumously and Angelina Atlagić, costume-designer 2011. Branko Cvejić, actor 2012. Zoran Erić, composer
List of winners of “S.M.Ljubiša” award: 1994. Milorad Pavić 1995. Matija Bećković 1996. Dušan Kovačević 1997. Ljubomir Simović 1998. Joseph Konrad 1999. Vida Ognjenović 2000. Ronald Harwood 2001. Jovan Hristić 2002. Svetlana Velmar Janković 2003. not awarded, but the award “For Mediterranean spirit” was assigned and delivered to Predragu Matvejević 2004. Jurij Poljakov 2005. Dubravka Ugrešić 2006. Čedo Vuković 2007. Zoran Živković 2008. Božo Koprivica 2009. Dragan Radulović 2010. Svetislav Basara 2011. David Albahari 2012.