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Festival of homeless people took place in Bratislava

THE EIGHTH year of the international festival of homeless theatres in Europe, ERROR 2014, took place in Bratislava on November 28-29. During two days theatres from Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia showed their performances to visitors arriving to the Pisztory Palace on Štefánikova Street.

THE EIGHTH year of the international festival of homeless theatres in Europe, ERROR 2014, took place in Bratislava on November 28-29. During two days theatres from Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia showed their performances to visitors arriving to the Pisztory Palace on Štefánikova Street.

For the first time in the history of the festival, there was also a performance of the group of Armenian and Turkish women, the TASR newswire reported.

The programme opened with a Chorea Minor performance of Slovak integrated dance group Len tak tak. The visitors could also see the Czech homeless theatres Amnesia and UniDrámo, and the Hungarian homeless theatre AHA.

The performances on November 29 included Polish theatre Teatr Trochę Inny, where handicapped people played, Slovenian homeless theatre Carnium Legendarium, German community theatre Expedition Metropolis, and the abovementioned Armenian-Turkish group.

The performance of Slovak Divadlo bez Domova was joined by guests from Iceland and Abadá Capoeira group.

The festival is a unique opportunity for spectators to meet and see people without homes. These are mostly perceived as sellers of Nota Bene magazine or someone begging in front of the shopping centre, said Patrik Krebs, principal of Divadlo bez Domova.

“We can learn and feel what the homeless people are like, what they can bring to society,” Krebs told TASR, adding that the visitors can see performances they cannot find in ordinary theatres.

The ERROR festival creates space where the theatre groups working with marginalised groups of people can show original theatre performances to the broad public. It focuses on various social issues that are not covered by professional theatres, helps to remove the stereotypes about homeless people and assists with their resocialisation.

The festival took place under the auspices of President Andrej Kiska.

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