Udine, 15 novembre 2023

Curatores at work immediately to select the 9 shows for the programme

New for 2024: a jury of experts will also judge the shows on stage

There have never been so many: 250 applications arrived in Cividale del Friuli to take part in the fourth edition of Mittelyoung, the Mittelfest stage reserved for the new European artistic young talents that will be held from 16 to 18 July.

In fact, it has just closed the international call dedicated to artists and ensembles under 30 who now recognise Mittelyoung as an important milestone and a goal to take flight on the international scene.

250 applications, almost 50% more than the 169 of 2023, have arrived from 27 countries, not only from Central Europe, but also from further afield, from Great Britain and Israel, for example, and even from overseas, from the United States and Korea, countries that will not be eligible for selection because they are outside the geographical scope of Mittelfest.

108 applications come from Italy and the other 142 from abroad fora total of 20 countries admitted to the selection, i.e.Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium,Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany,Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine. Germany and the Netherlands are the countries with the most applications, 29 and 19 respectively.

“The result of the open call is extraordinary not only for the number of applications, but also for the fact that it came from such a wide range of countries, as far away as they are ineligible,” comments Artistic Director Giacomo Pedini. “It is proof that, in just four years, Mittelyoung is firmly recognized as a fundamental international stage for those who are professionally entering the performing arts. It will indeed be a great challenge for the more than 30 curatores who will have to select the 9 performances.”  

“The satisfaction is then twofold for an important novelty of this edition: Pedini continues – in fact, alongside the normal selection process, there will also be a jury of experts called upon to judge the nine shows that will be staged, a further step to enhance the high professional quality of young European artists. I would like to emphasise that these achievements, which consolidate year after year, are the result of the commitment and hard work of the entire Mittelfest team.”

The work passes immediately to the group of curatores, who are also under 30: they will evaluate almost 100 theatre and dance projects, more than 50 of music and about 20 of circus, to form the programme of Mittelyoung 2024, consisting of 9 shows that will have to portray Disorders, the theme chosen by Pedini to narrate the relationship between destiny, chaos and responsibility of individual choices. And the curatores themselves, coordinated by the Artistic Director, will select the 3 winning shows that will be given the opportunity to be staged as part of Mittelfest programme from 19 to 28 July.  

“Mittelyoung represents a major victory for Mittelfest,” emphasises President Cristina Mattiussi, “which started in 2021 as a gamble, today it seals its vision for the future as a catalyst for the best international artistic offer, as a bridge between Central European borders and as a forge for young talents. The latter is a goal in which Mittelfest believes a lot and to which it works all year round, just think that we are taking care of the distribution in theatres of as many as four shows from previous editions. Mittelyoung is also an expression of the festival very strong ties with the region, with the institutions, and with the artistic and educational entities of Friuli Venezia Giulia.”  

The group of curatores under 30 is built thanks to the collaboration with Associazione culturale Arearea, Civica Accademia d’Arte Drammatica Nico Pepe, Conservatorio Statale di Musica Giuseppe Tartini of Trieste, Conservatorio Statale di Musica Jacopo Tomadini of Udine, Fondazione Luigi Bon, University of Trieste, University of Udine, and also Associazione culturale Circo all’incirca, Associazione culturale Quarantasettezeroquattro, Associazione Giovanile Robida, Convitto Nazionale Paolo Diacono, Istituto Tecnico Arturo Malignani, Scuola di Danza Erica Bront, Teatro Club Udine – Palio Teatrale Studentesco. In addition, some people selected by SNG Nova Gorica (Slovenia) will be part of the group of curatores.


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  • Inabili alla Morte (Unable to die) consists of three productions in Italian and Slovenian that will be performed in both countries between May 2024 and September 2025

  • The trilogy explores the themes of how war has affected the division and formation of parts of Europe’s borders

  • Bordering cities Nova Gorica in Slovenia and Gorizia in Italy presented a joint bid to win European Capital of Culture 2025 to mark their shared history as one town in Western Slovenia

  • The project is a production from Italian Arts organisation Mittelfest with the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica (SNG Nova Gorica) to mark the first cross-border winners, in a commission by Friuli Venezia Giulia Region

  • All three plays will be performed at GO!2025, a yearlong programme of film, theatre, dance, art and music which will take place in Nova Gorica

The three plays that make up the Inabili all Morte (Unable to Die) trilogy created to mark areas in Italy and Slovenia being awarded the European Capital of Culture 2025 have been announced. Spanning sixty years of European history, themes of war and conflict and its repercussions on Central and Eastern Europe’s borders link the three productions. The first part of the trilogy will open this May in Italy and is an adaptation of Austrian author Joseph Roth’s 1930’s novel The Emperor’s Tomb, which follows the Trotta family’s struggle in post First World War Vienna to the rise of the Nazi Party. The second and third plays are new works from Italian and Slovenian writers who imagine how the novels’ themes would have progressed, first in 1960s Yugoslavia with the fear surrounding the building of the Berlin Wall and ending in the 1990s and the mood of optimism following the fall of the Wall. The final two parts of the trilogy will open in November in Slovenia and September 2025 in Italy respectively.

The project was devised by Giacomo Pedini, the Artistic Director of Mittelfest and director of two of the productions, who has brought together organizations and artists from both countries and chose works that reflect the area’s fascinating heritage and experience of the historical and geographical upheavals of Europe. Gorizia was once the only city in the Italian-Slovenian area under Austrian government until the end of World War I and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It then fell under Italian sovereignty and jurisdiction until 1945 when it was split into two with one part in Italy (Gorizia) and one in Yugoslavia (Nova Gorica). Today, people can walk unchecked over the border from one country to the other.

The first of the three productions La Cripta dei Cappuccini (The Emperor’s Tomb) will premiere on 11th May at Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi in Gorizia, Italy. This will be followed by Cercando la lingua perduta (In the search of the lost language) in November 2024 at the SNG Nova Gorica in Nova Gorica, Slovenia and finally L’alba dopo la fine della storia (Dawn after the end of history) which will open in September 2025 at Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi in Gorizia, Italy.

La Cripta dei Cappuccini (The Emperor’s Tomb) conceived and directed by Giacomo Pedini is an adaptation by Jacopo Giacomoni of Joseph Roth’s 1938 novel of the same name.The novel was a sequel to his masterpiece The Radetzky March which explored the Trotta family experiencing the decline of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 1850s with the Second War of Italian Independence and culminating with World War I. The Emperor’s Tomb focuses on the youngest and most reckless member of the Trotta family, Francesco, who struggles to find purpose in a decaying Vienna society coming to terms with the devastating aftermath of the First World War, alongside the looming threat of the Nazi Party. Actor, comedian, director and author Natalino Balasso will play Francesco and the production will feature original music commissioned by composer Cristian Carrara performed and recorded by the FVG Orchestra.

Cercando la lingua perduta (In the search of the lost language) is a new work by Slovenian writer and director Goran Vojnović. Set in the 1960s, the play explores the post Second World War Iron Curtain dividing Europe amidst desires for escape and revolt. Finally, L’alba dopo la fine della storia (Dawn after the end of history), an original text by Paolo Di Paolo, is set in the 1990s in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The play interrogates the illusion of perpetual peace and prosperity, with the opening of new international relations and seemingly unlimited access to wealth and success.

In September 2025, the full trilogy of plays will be staged as part of GO!2025, a cross-border cultural and artistic program designed to overcome the physical and cultural barriers between Nova Gorica, Slovenia and Gorizia, Italy. The three plays will also be developed into three radio dramas in Italian and Slovenian co-produced by Rai Friuli Venezia Giulia for Rai Radio3 and Radio Slovenija broadcast between May 2024 and September 2025. Additionally, the music commissioned by Cristian Carrara for all three productions will be available to stream on Spotify in conjunction with each performance and the three text will be curated into an anthology book published in Italian and Slovenian.

Giacomo Pedini, Artistic Director of Mittelfest and creator of the project who will also direct the two Italian productions said “Nova Gorica and Gorizia’s appointment as joint European’s Capital of Culture has presented us an incredible opportunity for cross border collaboration to show our history and heritage. The trilogy will reflect the overall aim of GO! 2025 of giving voice to the area’s combined heritage and overcoming physical and cultural barriers and working towards a positive future.’

Mittelfest produces international and multidisciplinary festivals of theatre, music, dance and circus, operating as a showcase for live entertainment in Italy and a cultural organization rooted in the territory of Cividale del Friuli, in Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Created in 1991, in a time of renewed dialogue between East and West Europe, the association acts as a bridge between Italy and Central Europe. Today, with theatre, music and dance, Mittelfest promotes dialogue between 27 European countries: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine and Hungary.

The Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica is a subsidized national theatre located in Slovenia and is a member of the European Theatre Convention. The theatre organized the Gorica Meeting of Small Stages festival (later the Alpe Adria Theatre Meeting), which importantly influenced the development of the theatre and its affirmation in Slovenia and internationally. The position of Nova Gorica has significantly influenced the repertoire and artistic orientation of the theatre. The theatre’s repertoire consists of contemporary and classic plays and values openness to new research and experimentation. In 2004, the theatre was declared an institution of national importance.

commissioned by Friuli Venezia Giulia Region

supported by GO! 2025

production Mittelfest

co-production SNG Nova Gorica

media partner Rai Radio3, Rai FVG, Radio Slovenija-Program Ars


22 January 2024

Mittelfest reveals the new theme for the 2024 edition of Mittelfest and Mittelyoung.

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The Open Call is open for theatre, music, dance and circus for UNDER30 artists, companies or collectives from 27 Central European and Balkan countries

9 selected shows at mittelyoung Disordini (Disorders) July 16-18, 2024
top 3 in mittelfest Disordini (Disorders) July 21-30, 2024

Deadline February 14, 2024

Udine, 15 novembre 2023

New programme line-up and dates: Mittelyoung stages in July 2024 immediately before Mittelfest

Tomorrow, 14 December, the international open call officially opens to participate in the fourth edition of Mittelyoung, a Mittelfest project dedicated to Mitteleuropean artists under 30 who are called to propose theatre, music, dance and circus performances dedicated to Disordini (Disorders), the theme chosen by artistic director Giacomo Pedini for 2024.

As in the first edition, it will be the young people who will evaluate the artistic proposals of their peers: all applications, in fact, will be examined by a group of curatores (curators), who are also under 30.

There are two novelties in the 2024 edition: the subdivision into categories of the nine shows that will make up the Mittelyoung programme has changed, i.e. there will be two theatre, two music, two dance, two circus and one freely chosen by the curatores. The dates have also changed, as already announced: Mittelyoung will be staged from 16 to 18 July 2024, just before Mittelfest, so as not to overlap with the artistic projects linked to GO!2025.

“Mittelyoung is now in its fourth year as an eagerly awaited, consolidated and organic event of Mittelfest,” Pedini emphasises. “We are proud to once again launch the international call, a great opportunity for young artists, and also to confirm the network of regional partners in the creation of the group of curatores, to which SNG Nova Gorica theatre is added. This confirms the enthusiasm in being part of this innovative international artistic working group.”

The same group of curatores will also select, among the nine shows of Mittelyoung, the three winning titles that will be staged at Mittelfest between 20 and 22 July, a further enhancement of the work of the young artists who will arrive in Cividale.

“I believe that people under the age of 30,” Pedini continues, “represent the most interesting views, voices and perspectives to listen to about this century. The 20th century in Europe – especially on the border between East and West – had closed, albeit with difficulty, with promises of peace and prosperity that were meant to be perpetual. This was not the case: we are now in a very different time, one of overturning balances and dynamics at many levels, global as well as national and local. Who better than those who were born and raised in this time to tell of the ‘disorders’ and possibly their opportunities?”

Mittlelyoung open call, which can be downloaded from the website mittelfest.org, closes on 14 February 2024 and is addressed to artists from Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine.

All applications will be examined and evaluated, under the coordination of the artistic director, by a group of curatores formed thanks to the collaboration of Associazione culturale Arearea, Civica Accademia d’Arte Drammatica Nico Pepe, Conservatorio Statale di Musica Giuseppe Tartini of Trieste, Conservatorio Statale di Musica Jacopo Tomadini of Udine, Fondazione Luigi Bon, University of Trieste, University of Udine, and also Associazione culturale Circo all’incirca, Associazione culturale Quarantasettezeroquattro, Associazione giovanile Robida, Convitto Nazionale Paolo Diacono, Istituto Tecnico Arturo Malignani, Scuola di Danza Erica Bront, Teatro Club Udine – Palio Teatrale Studentesco. Some people selected by SNG Nova Gorica (Slovenia) will also be part of the group of curatores.


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Cividale del Friuli, 13 December 2023