At the time of its inception, in 1967, Bitef (Belgrade International Theatre Festival) had a crucial strategic position in the theatre life of Europe: as Yugoslavia was independent it was the only place where someone from west could see Grotowski or someone from the east Robert Wilson. It was the meeting point of east and west, of poetics and politics, the place where authors could share experiences and show some new tendencies in the theatre world.
Times have changed, communication between the east and the west has (at least theatrically speaking) become unobstructed but still, every September, Belgrade turns into a theatre city and welcomes performances from all around the world.
So, if you like theatre, especially new theatre expression, and you happen to be in Belgrade at that time, check the programme for new productions of Jan Lawers, Heinner Goebbels, Josef Nadj, Robert Lepage (the photo: a scene from his performance The Blue Dragon/Le Dragon Bleu, shown at Bitef in 2009), or some other well-established author. Or, watch the showcase programme and discover new theatre stars.
The performances venues are various (not always in theatres, not even always inside!) so keep yours eyes wide open: not only can you coincidentally see a show, you could also become a part of one without knowing it!