Miro Gavran, writer


The GAVRANFEST is a theatre festival at which productions are staged of dramas and comedies by the Croatian author, Miro Gavran. The festival was launched in 2003 in the city of Trnava at the Slovakian Theatre JANA PALARIKA, which hosted four editions, until 2013 when it was moved to the LUDOWY Theatre in Krakow, Poland, while as of 2016 it is held in Prague, Czech Republic.
Gavran is the only living author in Europe to have a theatre festival devoted to his plays, which is held regularly outside of his homeland.
The idea for holding the GAVRANFEST came from Emil Nedielka, manager of the Jan Palarik Theatre in Trnava and Michal Babiak, theatre director and university professor from Bratislava. They also select the plays to be performed each year.

The FIRST GAVRANFEST was held in 2003, with five Slovakian theatre companies taking part, with performances of the following:

  • NIGHT OF THE GODS, Jan Palarik Theatre, Trnava
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON'S LOVES, V Theatre, Bratislava
  • MY WIFE'S HUSGAND, Jona¡a Zagorskeho Theatre and Alexandra Duchnovi§ Theatre, Pre¡ovo
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON'S LOVES, Jozef Gregor Tajovski Theatre, Zvolen
  • WANTED ó A NEW HUSBAND, AU Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Banska Bistrica

The SECOND GAVRANFEST followed in October, 2004 and its selectors, Messrs Babiak and Nedielka, made it an international event, so that theatres from Poland, France, Slovenia and Croatia took part, along with Slovakian theatres. Performances were given of the following plays:
  • ALL ABOUT WOMEN, Jan Palarik Theatre, Trnava, Slovakia
  • CHEKOV SAYS GOOD-BYE TO TOLSTOY, Cheminas Paralleles Theatre and Ecole Florant, Paris, France
  • FORGET ABOUT HOLLYWOOD, Slovakian Chamber Theatre, Martin, Slovakia
  • MY WIFE'S HUSBAND, LUDOWY Theatre, Krakow, Poland
  • CREONT'S ANTIGONE and GEORGE WASHINGTON'S LOVES, Slovenian National Theatre, Celje, Slovenia
  • HOW TO KILL THE PRESIDENT, ITD Theatre, Zagreb, Croatia

The THIRD GAVRANFEST was held in October, 2006 in Trnava and retainined its international character, so that as well as theatres from Slovakia, theatre companies from the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Croatia were there, while the German S'ensemble Theatre from Augsburg, Germany had to cancel its performance of HOW TO KILL THE PRESIDENTT just before the beginning of the festival... Fifteen theatre companies applied to take part, while the selectors, Michal Babiak and Emil Nedielka, finally invited the following theatres and their productions to participate:
  • ALL ABOUT MEN, Jan Palarik Theatre, Trnava, Slovakia
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON'S LOVES, National Theatre, Brno, Czech Republic
  • WANTED ó A NEW HUSBAND, WEST Theatre, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • ALL ABOUT WOMEN, Ljubljana City Theatre, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • DEATH OF AN ACTOR, Jona¡a Zaborskeho Theatre, Pre¡ovo, Slovakia
  • LAUGHING PROHIBITED, GAVRAN Theatre, Zagreb, Croatia

The FOURTH GAVRANFEST took place in February, 2009. Five theatres from five countries took place and the Festival was held over five days. The selector was Emil Nedielka, and the following plays were performed:
  • HENPECKED HUSBANDS, GAVRAN Theatre, Zagreb, Croatia
  • ALL ABOUT WOMEN, STUDIO TWO Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic
  • ALL ABOUT MEN, LUDOWY Theatre, Krakow, Poland
  • FORGET HOLLYWOOD, BRETT Theatre, Vienna, Austria
  • ALL ABOUT MEN, Jan Palarik Theatre, Trnava, Slovakia

The FIFTH GAVRANFEST took place in July, 2013 in Poland. It was organized by the famed theater LUDOWY of Krakow, whose stage in the city center (Scena Pod Ratuszem/Ratuszem Town Hall) hosted the festival, whose selectors are Jacek Stram, artistic director of Theatre LUDOWY and Anna Wierzchowska Wozniak, Theatre LUDOWY's dramaturg. Six theatres presented plays by Miro Gavran in six days:
  • ALL ABOUT WOMEN, Theatre BADOW, Badow & Theatre Nowy Lodz, Poland
  • HOTEL BABYLON, Theatre LUDOWY, Krakow, Poland
  • DR. FREUD'S PATIENT, Theater GAVRAN, Zagreb, Croatia
  • ALL ABOUT WOMEN, Theater LUDOWY, Krakow, Poland
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON'S LOVES, Theater LA MY, Prague, Czech Republic
  • MY WIFE'S HUSBAND, Poniedzialek Stage/Primoart Agency, Szczecin, Poland

The SIXTH GAVRANFEST will be held April 4th to 8th, 2016 in Prague in the Czech Republic. The festival organizers are the famous JÁRA CIMRMAN Theater in Žižkov, the LASTAVICA Association, and the Troníček Theater Club, all from Prague. The selector and producer of the festival, František Karoch, has chosen seven performances from five theaters, for this year's festival:
  • "Hotel Babylon", Gavran Theater, Zagreb
  • "The Doll", Dvorni Divadlo, Hlohovec
  • "Ice Cream", Gavran Theater, Zagreb
  • "No Laughing Allowed", Theater 3D, Prague
  • "All About Women", a ceremonial premiere, A. Dvorak Theater, Pribram
  • "Night of the Gods", Komorni Činohra, Prague
  • "Dr. Freud's Patient," Komorni Činohra, Prague

The SEVENTH GAVRANFEST, the theatre festival dedicated to performing plays by Miro Gavran, will be held from April 5th to 10th, 2017 in Prague, the Czech Republic. This year's festival will include performances by theatres from Bratislava, Prague, Zagreb and Belgrade. In addition to theatre performances, promotions of books by Miro Gavran in Czech will be arranged, under the title "New comedies from Croatia and the occasional drama", translated by Jaroslava Otčenašek and František Karoch; there will be a round table discussion at the Prague Faculty of Philosophy UK, titled "Miro Gavran, the theatre author in a European and global context", which will be hosted by theatrologists from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Croatia; Miro Gavran will hold a literary meeting to present his new novel, "A Few Birds and One Sky"; and the festival will host the ceremonial 500th performance of the Gavran comedy "All About Men", which has already been running for nine years in Prague. The festival organizers are the LASTAVICA Association from Prague, Theater STUDIO DVA from Prague, and PALACE Theater, also from Prague. The festival director is Nenad Bojić. The selector and producer of the festival is František Karoch, who has chosen six plays from five theatres, for this year's festival:
  • 5.4.2017. "All About Women", Theater DIVA, Bratislava
  • 6.4.2017. "All About Men", 500th gala performance, Theater STUDIO DVA, Prague
  • 7.4.2017. "Chekhov Says Good-Bye to Tolstoy", Company 3D, Prague
  • 8.4.2017. "It's hard to say goodbye" ,Theater VIHOR, Belgrade (with subtitles in Czech)
  • 9.4.2017. "Beer", Gavran Theater, Zagreb (with subtitles in Czech)
  • 10.4.2017. "Ice Cream" ,Gavran Theater, Zagreb (with subtitles in Czech)