On the third day of the 11th international festival of high school theatre Juventafest, organized by the “Medija – Art” Association, powerful messages resonated from the stage, accompanied by silence from the audience.

Are we ready for freedom, how capable are we to protect ourselves and say no, why are we silent — these are just some of the questions that young people from Serbia and Croatia pointed out last night.

In the afternoon, on the stage of the Centre for culture and youth of Municipality Centre Sarajevo, members of “Kulturociklin” and Cultural Centre Kruševac from Kruševac performed the play “A Clockwork Orange” directed by Sandra Maksimović, which explores humanity, individuality and free will  in contrast to the mechanism. Their message is that a man is a living pulsating complex of organs, muscles, skin, joints and emotions, and that only in truly recognizing others as such can he form a community that empowers and changes.

In the evening, the audience at the Sarajevo Youth Theatre had the opportunity to see the play “Speak Up” by the author and director Oriana Kunčić, Croatian National Theatre in Šibenik – Drama Studio “Ivana Jelić”. A play about the chilling confessions of the victims of violence, those who are not directly exposed to violence, but also the confessions of the perpetrators.

On Saturday, the penultimate day of the 11th Juventafest, according to the selection of the selector Emina Omerović, high school students from Ljubljana will perform the dance-theatre play “The octopus is slowly crawling back into itself” at the Sarajevo Youth Theatre, starting at 8:00 p.m.

The play “Sergej and his Shadows” by the Zagreb Youth Theatre/College, which was also scheduled for the fourth day of the festival, was canceled due to the illness among the cast members

The 11th Juventafest continues until Sunday, September 10, when it will close with a presentation of workshops and the awarding of the Grand Prix for the best play at the festival and the Special Jury Award.