Private press tour of the Exhibition of Countries and Regions after the press conference for the opening of the 15th Prague Quadriennial of Scenography and Theater Space (June 8 to 18), June 7, 2023, Jatka 78, Prague.
Prague – After four years, the Prague Quadriennale (PQ), an international show of theater and scenography, starts again in Prague on Thursday. During 11 days, it invites visitors to a number of programs prepared by participants from a hundred countries. The center of the event is the Holešovická tržnice, but spontaneous performances will take place in various streets of Prague. Students will present themselves at DAMU, and quieter projects dedicated to theater architecture await in the Trade Fair Palace. Exhibitions in the main program usually rely on interaction with the viewer. The organizers presented the program to journalists today. The event will last until Sunday, June 18.
The motto of the 15th edition of the show is the English expression “rare”, which points to the uniqueness and uniqueness of art. A significant part of the program takes place in the aforementioned market, which offers visitors dynamic installations on the square as part of the Student Exhibition. Halls 11, 13 and 17 are the venue for the main Exhibition of Countries and Regions. In total, 100 creative teams from 59 countries and regions will be presented at the main exhibitions.
“Looking at the program, four interesting circuits resonate in the main exhibitions. The first is a post-pandemic reflection on the fragility and transience of human being, and on what home actually is. In other exhibitions, the urbanism of the city is mirrored with the urbanism of a certain type of thinking about time and space, meeting places and the way public space is used, both physical and digital. The most colorful and lively are the exhibitions inspired by our own traditions, folklore or legends. The last hot topic is sustainability in relation to consumerism and its ecological impacts,” described the range of exhibition topics, the festival's artistic director Markéta Fantová.
Thousands of students and theater makers from all over the world come to Prague for PQ. The last year of PQ in 2019 was visited by 20,000 paying visitors, including 8,000 accredited professionals and students, according to the organizers. According to them, another 50,000 people saw the freely accessible events.
At PQ, you can buy a one-day ticket for 400 crowns, discounts are available for students and groups. Festival passes, which include more program than a ticket, are one-day for 600 crowns, three-day for 1200 crowns and 11-day for 2800 crowns; all categories again have discounts for students and groups. The festival program is on the website www.pq.cz.
The Prague Quadriennale maps and presents the latest trends in scenography and architectural work with theater space. It takes place once every four years. In recent years, it has increasingly emphasized the involvement of the viewer, and the role of technology, virtual reality and artificial intelligence is also growing.
The organizer and main source of funding is the Czech Ministry of Culture, which covers 75 percent of the budget. Own revenues amount to 15 percent and ten percent are European money and local government subsidies. The total expenditure of organizers and visitors of PQ 2019 was about 289 million crowns. 88 million crowns were subsequently transferred to public budgets, i.e. about twice the Czech public expenditure on PQ, according to the organizers.