A Balkan theatre festival, based on ancient drama and Attica comedy, will be taking place in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, as of 2007.
The decision to hold the event was taken in Thessaloniki during a meeting of national theatre representatives (from Albania, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania and Turkey) held at the initiative and invitation of the State Theatre of Northern Greece and its director Nikitas Tsakiroglou.
The event, to be undertaken by the State Theatre of Northern Greece, will be funded by the culture ministry with the amount of three million euros (for the first two years).
"The undertaking of the event is a great opportunity for the cultural 'infiltration' in the Balkans and for cooperation with the theatres of these countries which have a great deal to teach us and for us to offer them in relation to ancient drama," Tsakiroglou said in a statement to the Athens News Agency and MPA.
The next events will be taking place every one or two years in a different Balkan country (out of those participating in the festival).
Source: Athens News Agency