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ECoC 2016: a celebration of theatre and the success of the Theatre Olympics

After music and architecture, we would like to remind you of the success of the theatre section of the European Capital of Culture 2016 programme. It is worth noting that the year was not marked only by the outstanding Theatre Olympics – countless other events, projects and festivals such as Unfinished Palace, Academy of Theatre,  Lower Silesian Theatre Platform, More than Theatre, Circulation Festival, Drama Festival and Zones of Contact 2016 took place in the city last year and made Wrocław not only the capital of European culture, but also theatre. 

“Let us experience it once again” with the theatre curator, Jarosław Fret. 


"In the programme book presenting the theatrical projects of ECoC Wrocław 2016 I took the liberty of presenting my credo. I believe in the medium of theatre and that “from theatre stages we still hear the most emphatically stated questions about a multicultural European identity, tolerance and a shared vision of a sustainable open society. That today, as when it was being born, the theatre becomes a space for a dynamic description of the equally dynamic changes in the modus of our lives. And that in this description, which involves the entire human being, the theatre errs far less than other media. I believe in a theatre that, by describing humankind in action, continually re-creates humankind. In this sense, it remains the foundation for our self-understanding and the cornerstone of democracy. The skene still not only supports the city agora but deepens it and brings to the domain of an image of a recorded and understood world”.

Such credo, brought to the field of cooperation between many people of theatre in our city and Lower Silesia, created a wave of projects that carried theatre with all of its kinds and genres. A lot of “education for theatre and through theatre” projects began long before 2016 - it was no surprise that the first half of the year of the European Capital of Culture was dominated by educational projects.

Over five thousand participants devoted many weeks to take part in the total of a dozen or so educational programmes that very often lasted for a few months. It is the unique characteristic of theatrical projects - not superficiality, but depth and dedication. Festivals, festive meetings, and special - historical - events dominated the map of the second part of the year. Prominently among them was the Theatre Olympics - the greatest theatre festival in history, not only of Wrocław but of Poland, which brought presentations of 159 unique events from 18 countries, including 81 plays (137 performances and reruns), 7 remixes, 19 meetings, 7 debates, 2 lectures, 1 conformance, 4 concerts, 14 films, 2 rituals, 7 exhibitions and 11 workshops.

Jarosław Fret - Curator of theatre

Completed projects: 50
Unique theatre events: 2000


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