A festival that seeks to provide more hope for people. Social politics and networks with their vitality have greatly restricted their lives, and in this context, this festival with dramas, dramatic feats, and styles diversity aims to bring people the emotion of direct, beautiful, and hopeful life. ” Adonis Filipi, Artistic Director of the 18th International Contemporary Theater Festival “Skampa 2016” for the festival, which has started yesterday and will accompany the public until November 4 under the “New Energy” logo. There will be 11 theater troupe and about 18 performances by; Albania, Sweden, Kosovo, Montenegro, Argentina, Macedonia, Italy, United States of America, Israel and Romania. Invited are over 130 artists coming not only from Albania, but also from the region and beyond, bringing together a variety of performances and styles as well as a range of cultural, educational activities in the scenic areas and open spaces of the city of Elbasan. This festival, as in every edition, according to Philip, seeks to offer more hope for life. “The scope of the Skampa festival aims at expanding and rejuvenating the audience through contemporary theater drama at national and international levels, under the brand of growth and quality of civic, intellectual and emotional life.” The performances and activities of the 18th edition of “New Energy” will be held for 5 nights in Elbasan and Tirane for free. 1. Elbasan will be presented at the theater scene “Skampa”, university facilities “Aleksandër Xhuvani”, as well as in attractive open spaces, such as Real Scampis (Castle) etc. 2. In Tirane, performances and workshops (workshops with specialists) will be held at the National Theater, the Metropolitan Theater, the Experimental Theater “Kujtim Spahivogli”, the National Puppet Theater, open spaces, the University of Arts etc.
For the first time in this edition, the alternative space is expanded in the contemporary panel for children’s theater, theater, as part of the ambition of this festival. Swedish troupe with “Troll” is invited for this edition. A special place in the festival program covers the art education panel, this in audiences with younger generations of young artists, students, media, and so on. This edition features two presentations, such as that of American director Ronald Hill on New York theater, as well as that of the distinguished Israeli theater specialist, Sari Cofman, on the multi-lingual-ism of Israeli theater. These activities will be held in the university environments of Elbasan and that of the University of Arts, Tirane. This practice is already European, such as the Visbaden Festival, which lies in Mains (Germany), Shakespeare in Krakow and Bucharest, Romania or Summer festival Verna in Bulgaria, which has been present in Sofia for 10 years.