Call for Applications


The City Theatre Žar ptica invites all professional children theatres to submit their applications for the 20th International Naj, Naj, Naj Festival, taking place in Zagreb, Croatia from 26 February to 1 March 2020. Puppet performances cannot participate in the Festival.



Applications must be received by 20 September 2019 at the latest:

Gradsko kazalište Žar ptica
20. Naj, naj, naj festival
Bijenička 97
10000 Zagreb

You can also send them via e-mail at

Applications received after 20 September 2019 shall not be taken into consideration.

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Application form


What is the focus of the performance at the festival?

The 20th Naj, Naj, Naj Festival, celebrating its twentieth anniversary, will focus on fighting peer violence. The performances which deal with some form of bullying are welcome, although this is not a condition for applying. The selection criteria assess solely the quality, and not the theme of the performance.

The selection of the Naj, Naj, Naj Festival is focused on the drama performance suitable for performing indoors.

Workshops will not be considered. Each theatre may apply with only one performance. Preferably, the performances should meet the technical conditions of the stage at the City Theatre Žar ptica. They can be viewed here.


How to apply

Apart from the completed Application form, all participants shall send the following:

  1. A DVD recording of the performance (sent in a package or link to a video recording of the entire performance)
  2. 4 photographs
  3. A short summary of the performance with an obligatory summary in English if the performance is in foreign language.


Performance selection

The main criterion for the selection is the artistic value. The selector, appointed by the Artistic director of the Naj, Naj, Naj Festival, decides on the official programme of the Festival.

The results of the selection shall be announced at on 20 October 2019 at the latest.



The Naj, Naj, Naj festival is a competition of non-puppet performances judged by an expert jury constituted of renowned theatrical artists and critics.


The best performances are awarded the Golden Fire Birds (Žar ptica) in seven categories.


Specificity of the Naj, Naj, Naj Festival

The 20th Naj, naj, naj Festival will be special for its humanitarian character. Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, this theatrical event for children will be confirming its international reputation and importance, and thus call public attention to the growing problem of bullying among children and help institutions working with children to fight and prevent peer violence.


What is provided by the Naj, Naj, Naj Festival

The Naj, Naj, Naj Festival provides accommodation and meals for all participants, the fee for the performance and technical support.

Travelling costs are covered by each participating theatre.


Drago Utješanović
Artistic director of the Naj, Naj, Naj Festival

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