CALEIDO is a cultural platform through which we are building intercultural dialogue between the ethnic and cultural minorities in Romania. The idea of a multicultural theater festival came to us when we were thinking about how mentalities can be changed for the better, as we noticed how intolerance was increasing both in Romania and Europe. We believe that theater in itself has the capacity to transform people, and we discovered that the Romanian theater in particular has been sleeping on a ethnic inheritance worth sharing with a wider audience.
Research and national strategies show that a high level of ethnical stereotyping and a relatively low level of acknowledging the benefits of multiculturalism can be found in Romania. Our project addresses these needs and challenges by providing accurate and attractively packaged information about the cultural identity of ethnic communities in Romania.
This Year’s Edition
The second edition of Caleido proposes a celebration of the cultural diversity amongst us and the multiple forms it can take. We will be spending the five days of the festival – from 27 November to 1 December 2017 – at UnTeatru Theatre, while following stories abot the absurdity of life, about psychopaths and refuge, about poverty and teenage altercations gone rather far. We choose to discuss the variety of the coexisting realites in our cultural ecosystem both through the plays and the already-known Caleido Talks, to which each one of you is invited to participate in after each show. We thank Centrul Cultural și de Tineret „Ștefan Iordache” for the great support they have shown us and our project.
The First Edition
For the first edition of the festival we focused on ethnic diverity. With this thought in mind, we curated twenty plays performed, written, directed by or dealing with the ethnic minorities living in our country. To mention just a few, our audiences watched D’ale lolelor, Gadjo Dildo, Carpathien Garden, Motke Hoțul, or Staipelochian. From 16 to 20 November 2015 our festival took place in four locations in Bucharest: Teatrul Mic, Teatrul Foarte Mic, Green Hours and Centrul de Teatru Educațional Replika. The project was co-financed by the European Economic Area (EEA) Grants, through the programme “Promotion of diversity in culture and arts within European cultural heritage“.
About the organizers and donors
The Amphitheater Foundation has been organizing cultural events for the past fifteen years, working with vulnerable groups and minorities to encourage intercultural dialogue and promote cultural diversity.