About Festival

Room 100

About Festival

Peculiar Families Festival will bring together artists from four countries through five performances that will showcase the finest tricks of circus families from all over Europe in an intense three-day program. It is no coincidence that this caravan landed in Split. They know about the city through more than 10  years of dedicated work of the contemporary circus collective ROOM 100 on the development of the circus scene in Croatia, the Balkans and beyond.

Through its program selection, the Festival is a gathering place for artists and audiences looking for high-quality, innovative, critical and engaged contemporary circus performances. The venues of the Festival, Open Air Cinema Bačvice and Split City Puppetry Theatre will serve as a place for creating an intimate relationship between the artists and the audience, the existing and the new ones, which will become aware of the world of contemporary circus art, its history, development, significance, genres and trends.
The Festival is called “Peculiar Families Festival”, referencing the creative and complex community of circus artists and their audiences. Contemporary circus art is much more than just an art form. The specific requirements for physical capacity, the character of the interdisciplinary between performing and conceptual art, as well as the conditions of production, often characterize not only the work but also the life of circus artists. For these reasons, vigorous, intimate and trustworthy cooperation between the members of the collective is created. The magic of the circus is when that energy is transferred to the audience. Festival’s goal is to create precisely that effect and break down borders between the audience and artists, the city and the circus tent, the family as a community and a necessity. The boundaries of body and mind are common to all; circus artists are just turning those boundaries into a creative process, expressing through them the metaphors of everyday life. With its name, this Festival recognizes the complexity and intimacy of everyday human relationships and wants to talk openly about all the different aspects of life choices that ultimately make us all the “circus artists” in our environments.

Antonia Kuzmanić, artistic director

About us

ROOM 100 is an internationally awarded contemporary circus collective from Split founded by Antonia Kuzmanić and Jakov Labrović in 2010. ROOM 100 produces and distributes contemporary circus performances and other artistic works of the collective, manages HALA 100 – residency venue for research in contemporary circus arts, hosts international contemporary circus artists for performances, residencies and workshops, realizes a program of film screenings “Kino Cirkus” in several Croatian cities, brings the contemporary circus arts to smaller island communities and cities in Dalmatian hinterland, Gorski kotar and Hrvatsko zagorje through the project “Circus on the periphery ” and implements a number of other projects for the development of the audience in the contemporary circus arts sector. ROOM 100 is a partner in the projects “CIRCUS WITHOUT CIRCUS” and “circusnext PLaTFoRM” which are co-financed by the European Commission through the Creative Europe program and is a member of the Circostrada network (Antonia Kuzmanić is a member of the Circostrada Steering Committee since 2018).

Who is who?


Antonia Kuzmanić
Artistic director and executive producer


Jakov Labrović
Program selection assistant


Ana Nevešćanin
PR and hospitality office


Jere Kuzmanić
Production assistant and visual identity


Maša Borović
Production assistant


Franko Sardelić
Main festival's technician


Domagoj Šoić
Festival's technician


Griša Kuzmanić
Baby of the Festival

important notices

You can purchase tickets at WEBshop, in Entrio stores, at City Puppet Theatre (an hour before the performance) and on June 10th and 11th from 10am at Open Air Cinema Bačvice.



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Extra program

5.6.2022. / 20:00h / Open Air Cinema Bačvice
Kino Cirkus: Fakirs

This year, our festival’s gathering begins with the screening of the Spanish documentary “Fakirs”.


7.6.2022. / 17:00-20:00h / Mala scena at Youth Center
Vertical rope workshop with Inbal Ben Haim

A workshop on research, technique and movement on a vertical rope led by one of the most interesting emerging circus artists at the moment! Book your place:

http://forms.gle/TsDPmJxrPeFm6a967


10. & 11.6.2022. / 10:00h / Open Air Cinema Bačvice
Coffee with artists

The day after the performance, we will hang out with the artists over coffee – come, ask them anything you want to know about the life of circus artists!


10. & 11.6.2022. / 11:00h / Open Air Cinema Bačvice
"Wet talks"

“Wet talks” are actually conversations with colleagues from the sector on the topic of “craziness & laziness” and “stageless”, which serve us to prepare for the next edition of the festival, which will host the annual meeting of the Circostrada Network. Book your place:

https://forms.gle/W56hsYZyKA4rZ58F8


10.6.2022. / 18:00h/ Open Air Cinema Bačvice
Workshop "Kuća od priča"

A workshop for writing and creating stories for children led by Jelena Pervan. This workshop is intended for children from 5 to 9 years. Book your place:

https://forms.gle/3AGd1jGcAbKRTmGp8


11.6.2022. / 18:00h/ Open Air Cinema Bačvice
Presentation "Contemporary circus artists association"

If you want to learn more about the Contemporary circus artists association, join us at this presentation.


10. & 11.6.2022. / 22:00 - 04:00h / Open Air Cinema Bačvice
Afterparty

After the performances, stay with us, have a drink and enjoy our music program with DJ Dunja -Muzika za dobar đir and DJ Evil Jacx. 🙂


Important!

Tickets can be bought through the Entrio system – through webshop https://www.entrio.hr/event/festival-neobicnih-obitelji-11450 or stores: Dancing Bear (Dioklecijanova 6) and City Center One (Ghetaldus and Tisak Media shops). If you are located outside Split, find the closest store at https://www.entrio.hr/outlets.

Tickets can be bought at the City Puppet Theater for the performance “La Crisis de la Imaginacion” an hour before the start, and for other performances on Friday (June 10th) and Saturday (June 11th) at the Open Air Cinema Bačvice from 10 am.