International Festival of Children’s Theatres

Due to a diversity of artistic activities of professional level, it is considered as one of the most important festivals for children in the Balkans.


Banja Luka, 01.02.2022.

Dear colleagues,


It is an honour to invite you to apply for the official selection of 21st International Festival of Children’s Theatres – BANJA LUKA 2022. The festival will be held from October 9th to October 15th of 2022.


International Festival of Children’s Theatres in Banja Luka is organized by Children’s Theatre of the Republic of Srpska since 2002 with the support of Ministry of Education and Culture and city of Banja Luka. Children’s Theatre of the Republic of Srpska as the organizer of the international festival for children has welcomed more than two hundred theatres for children from around the world.


The International Festival of Children’s Theatres in Banja Luka, with its actions promotes faster development of puppetry and theatre arts in the Republic of Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it is considered one of the most important festivals for children in the Balkans.


The aim of the Festival is to strongly promote puppetry, as the most demanding, most attractive and most important format of theatrical expression for children, because the Festival has primarily goals which are affirmation of art of puppetry ..


Children’s Theatre of Republic of Srpska was founded 1955 and its tradition and quality in drama and puppetry production was recognized by many great directors of the former Yugoslavian space, and directors of European countries.


The International Festival of Children’s Theatres is a competitive event and performances each year are judged by International jury of eminent puppet theatres experts as former members of the jury were: Professor Henryk Jurkowski (Poland), prof. Dr. Hartmut Lorenz (Germany), prof. Dr. Nikolina Georgijevna (Bulgaria), Dragan Dovlev (Macedonia), distinguished Artist of Russia prof. Dr. Boris Pavlovich Goldovski, prof. Zoran Djeric, theatrologist Miroslav Radonjic, playwright Igor Bojovic (Serbia), director Robert Waltl (Slovenia), Jaroslav Antonjuk (Poland), Nicolai Naumov (Russia), and others.


Festival annually presents awards: Grand Prix – the Best Overall Performance, the Award for the best director, set design, music and five equal acting awards.

Organizer of the Festival invites all professional theatres to apply for the Festival program with their best performance. Deadline for applications is May 15th of 2022.


To participate in the selection of the shows that are to be performed in the official competitive festival program, it is necessary to send:


         Completed application form,

         Video of the show,

         5 photos,

         Summary of the play,

         Technical requirements.


Please, send the applications to the theatre address:


Children’s Theatre of Republic of Srpska

Djure Danicica Street, No.1

78000 Banja Luka

Republic of Srpska

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Or to our e-mail:  [email protected]


The Festival organizer covers the full board accommodation costs up to 12 people for two days.

Travel costs are to be covered by the selected theatres.


XXI International Festival of Children’s Theatres – BANJA LUKA 2022 is competitive and the shows are evaluated by the members of the International Expert Jury which presents the following awards:


         Grand Prix for the best show

         Award for the best direction,

         Award for the best stage design and costumes,

         Award for the best music,

         Five equal acting awards,

         Special Festival award.


For additional information please call +387 51 232 838 or e-mail to: [email protected]


Application, BANJA LUKA 2022




Number: 448/21

Date: 16th October, 2021



Jury of the Twentieth International Festival of Children’s Theatres BANJA LUKA 2021, composed of: IsidoraGoncic, director, Belgrade, Serbia, president, DubravkoTorjanac, director, Varazdin, Croatia, member and Slobodan Perisic, actor of the Children’s Theatre of Republic of Srpska, member, in the period from October 11th until October 16th, 2021, was judging the competition for the awards of nine performances from eight countries.


Participants: Youth Theatre, Novi Sad and Children’s Theatre, Subotica, Serbia, City Theatre “Zorindom”, Karlovac, Croatia, Theatre “LALKA”, Warsaw, Poland, Theatre “Des Lachens”, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, Mini Theatre, Ljubljana, Slovenia, State Puppet Theatre, Bratislava, Slovakia, Theatre for Children and Youth, Skopje, North Macedonia and Theatre “BrodyachayaSobachka”, St. Petersburg, Russia.


At the final session held on October 16, 2021, the jury unanimously made the following decisions:


– GRAND PRIX, THE AWARD FOR THE BEST PERFORMANCE AS A WHOLE, is awarded to the State Puppet Theatre Bratislava, Slovakia for the play “Mowgli” due to the complete harmonization of all theatrical elements into an extraordinary theatrical experience.


– The award for the best director is given to Alfiya Abdulina for the play “Butterfly”, Puppet Theatre “BrodyachayaSobachka” from St. Petersburg, Russia, the director showed through a specific director’s manuscript that directing is not just an illustration of a certain author but an independent and complex work.


The award for best set design is given to Christoph von Buren for the play “Wind”  by theatre “Des Lachens” from Frankfurt (Oder).

By choosing the stage elements, he put them in the function of the anator and contributed greatly to the dynamics of the play.


The award for the best original music is given to Grzegorz Turnau for the play “The Knight of the Christmas Star” by Lalka Theatre, Warsaw, Poland.

With his authorial work, the composer evoked the spirit of the time in a masterful way and contributed to the atmosphere of the play itself.


Awards for acting achievements are given to:


Hoze for the play “The Carrot Dwarf” of the Mini Theatre, Ljubljana, Slovenia. The actor presented his demanding small role, animating several characters, with his private and acting personality.


Andro Damis for the role of Dino in the play “Step-by-Step toward the Clean Planet” Puppet Theatre “Zorin dom”, Karlovac, Croatia. With his charisma and engagement, the young actor showed great potential, which greatly contributed to the quality of the play.


THE COLLECTIVE PLAYAWARD is given to the ensemble of the play “Mowgli” by the State Puppet Theatre, Bratislava, Slovakia. The Collective Play Award is given for perfect external and internal acting coordination. The jury decided for this award because they believe that all the actors in this play equally deserved awards for acting.



Isidora Goncic, president


Dubravko Torjanac, member


Slobodan Perisic, member