ACT Independent Theatre Festival “Free-range eggs”

November 16 to 20, 2011, Sofia

The ACT Festival for Independent Theatre is organized by the Association for Independent Theatre ( with the Sofia Municipality’s Culture Programme, the National Culture Fund of the Ministry of Culture and Etude Foundation.

As part of the ACT ‘s cooperation with the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts – IETM on a long-term programme for the promotion of Bulgarian performing arts abroad, in 2011 it held the country’s first festival of independent theatre. The main programme listed 15 Bulgarian stage productions in the field of contemporary theatre, dance and performance. Among the accompanying events were the exhibition Dictionary of the Independent Theatre presenting the perception and activities of the independent stage in Bulgaria over the last 20 years, plus a four-day visit to Sofia of 15 foreign managers in the field of performing arts, who had the opportunity to get acquainted with new Bulgarian productions, artists and cultural institutions. The event received good media coverage, managed to catch the attention of audiences and created conditions for a professional environment for the exchange of information and experience. Socially the ACT Festival contributed to the diversification of the cultural life in the capital city and boosted respect for the individual creative thinking. A positive result was also the active response of our international guests as well as the call we received for organizing and hosting in Sofia the plenary session of IETM in 2014.



Festival Organisers:

Executive Director: Julia Dencheva

Co-Organiser, International Guests Co-ordinator: Mladen Alexiev

Co-Organiser, Stage Events Co-ordinator: Vesselin Dimov

International Guests Associate: Zlatina Toleva

Printed Materials & Parallel Events Associate: Angelina Georgieva

Public and Media Relations: Preslava Preslavova and Nina Doneva

Creative team:

Creative Director: Maria Minkova

Ideas & Creative: Ida Daniel, Svetozar Georgiev


Texts by Mladen Alexiev, Angelina Georgieva

Editor: Vesselin Dimov

Design: Maria Minkova

Translation: Atanаs Igov


Creative Director: Maria Minkova

Ideas & Creative: Ida Daniel, Svetozar Georgiev

Animation by Vessela Dantcheva, Compote Collective

Recording Studio & Music: Blubalu Records, Bluba Lu

Voice Over by Peter Meltev

Produced by ACT Association


ACT Independent Theatre Festival is realised by ACT Association for Independent Theatre with the financial support of the Sofia Municipality Program “Culture”, Ministry of Culture and National Culture Fund and Etude Foundation.

International Partner:

IETM – Contemporary Performing Arts Network

Media Partners:

Bulgarian National Television, TV7, Bulgarian National Radio, One Week in Sofia Guide, Edno Magazine, Intro Magazine, Vice Magazine,,

Creative Partners:

Maria, Ida and Svetlio, Bluba Lu Records

Supported by: New  Dramaturgyes Platform,  Art Office Foundation, Compote Collective, Bluba Lu Records, Maria&Ida&ghostdog, Domaine Boyar and Metroreklama.

Suported by the festival venues:

“Sfumato” Theatre Workshop, Center for Culture and Debate ” Red House”, “Suspacious” Studio,  KEBA, Derida Dance Center, Sofia Puppet Theatre, Nikolay Binev Youth Theatre, Art Hostel, Ivan Vazov National Theatre (Stage on the 4th floor) and Snejana Art Gallery.