Threepenny Theatre has a vision of creating a common space for professional and non-professional theatre artists where they can work, create and explore theatre as a communication model for dealing with the questions of social justice, democracy, gender equality, human rights, environment consciousness - the main values of European culture. It will be accessible to everybody, by its form, topic and price and it will integrate art and culture into everyday life of the community.
In Serbia the so-called „high“ culture, theatre included, is being very alienated from the majority of the people. The intelectual and artistic elite lives very far away from the reality of an ordinary citizen so the themes the theatre addresses are also completely disconnected from reality. The even bigger reason is the price which is not affordable for a majority of the people.
A year from now Belgrade will have a community theatre space where workshops, conferences and lectures will be orgnized and performances for both children and grown-ups will be held. By the end of 2017. we expect to produce at least 5 performances, 1 international conference and a number of free workshops and establish contact with simillar organizations in Europe. We are going to engage around 5.000 people as participants and audiences.
By August 2016 „Tri groša“ is going to obtain one of the many unused spaces (old cinemas, factorys or storage rooms) in Belgrade centre by renting it on a long turn. By February 2017 this space is going to be adapted to minimum conditions for rehearsing and performing in front of a small audience. Work on the adaptation is already going to be organized as community work, with architecture workshops being held. At the same time, we will work on the rehearsals of the first performance that will open "The Threepenny Theatre", and start organizing the first international conference which will be held in October 2017.
Opening will take place in March 2017.
Our target groups are all the marginilized groups with a possible interest in culture and arts:
1)students and pensioners. Belgrade is an university city, which means that students from all over Serbia come here to study. Also, our population is growing older.
2)ex-middle class impoverished by the transition. These people are used to having a cultural life during socialism, but are now deprived of it.
3)growing number of migrants from Middle East, but also immigrants from western Europe
Our project may be based on a common model of community theatre that is present in many European countries. But our goal is not just to create a new theatre house but a micro-system that will practically illustrate the values that we stand for and we think Serbian society should: democratical decision-making, integration of different socially marginalized groups, strengthening international connections, decreasing of the cultural gap between social classes, introducing culture as a way of life.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Rent of the space 20000 EUR Building and restoration material 10000 EUR Equipment 20000 EUR Human resources 20000 EUR
We would like to connect with all the organisations with similar goals as ours, especially if connected with performing arts. Also all the feedback is welcome, especially if somebody has experience relevant to our project.