V4@Theatre Critics Residency 2023

Association Divadelná Nitra, Slovakia together with its partners Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, Poland; Trafó – House of Contemporary Arts, Hungary; Arts and Theatre Institute, Czech Republic; Center for Cultural Projects Arta Azi, Moldova; Macedonian Center ITI/PRODUKCIJA, North Macedonia;  Lesia Ukrainka Theatre (Lviv), Ukraine; Theatre Institute Bratislava, Slovakia; announce an open call for young theatre critics from VISEGRAD GROUP, WESTERN BALKAN COUNTRIES: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and EASTERN PARTNERSHIP COUNTRIES, to take part in the V4@THEATRE CRITICS RESIDENCY 2023.

V4@THEATRE CRITICS RESIDENCY enables participants to watch and discuss performances of the 31st edition of the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra – Responses under the leadership of international lectors, to meet theatre professionals from Europe, and to take part in debates with artists and critics who are attending the festival. The workshop will be led by the significant theatre experts from Europe.

The residency will held from 22nd to 27th September 2023 at the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra 2023. It offers up-and-coming young theatre professionals aged 35 or under a platform for in-depth exchange about contemporary performing arts. The workshop is run in English.

The project keeps on expanding over the years, bringing in new participants, countries, lecturers and activities that reflect new challenges in performing arts. In 2023, the overarching theme of the project is crisis in art in connection with adverse events across the globe, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine or the economic crisis. In an effort to find ways to elicit audience response, participants will now also focus on the current marked decline in public interest in live art. The theme will be reflected in the artistic and professional programme at the 32nd edition of the International Theatre Festival Nitra 2023, along with two online lectures in Autumn 2023.

By combining analytical seminars reflecting on the main festival programme with the critics and active participation at meetings with artists, the project offers fertile soil for open discussion, whose ambition is to transcend the context of the festival and tie into the broader socio‑political framework.

The project partners will nominate 2 – 3  applicants from each eligible country (more information in the open call) to the main organizer based on the selection criteria below. The Association Divadelná Nitra will select and will announce a maximum of 12 participants. The rest of nominated applicants will be substitutions.

The organizer, Association Divadelná Nitra, reserves rights to implement changes of the project according to a situation.

Apply until 31st July 2023.

More at:

Open call 

Application form

Online programme – November and December 2023


Project Coordinator

Tamara Vajdíková
+421 918 568 977






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