Wednesday 23 June 2021 to Sunday 27 June 2021

We warmly invite you to participate in OPEN THE DOOR International Festival already for the 4th time. This year it will be held from 23/06/21 to 27/06/21 and for the first time will happen in the online form. The festival projects will thus be open to the audience not only from the whole Poland but also from the other countries. In the programme there will be works by artists from Poland, Italy, Russia, Germany, Israel and United Kingdom. Within the Festival we will present various theatre and artistic forms – theatre shows, film versions of performances, made by great and acclaimed theatre artists, among them Compagnia Pippo Delbono (Italy), DV8 Physical Theatre (United Kingdom), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Satyrykon Theatre (Russia), Red Torch Theatre (Russia), Thalia Theater (Germany), STUDIO teatrgaleria (Poland), Teatr 21 (Poland).

There will be 14 projects presented during 5 festival days. All of them will be accessible for free. The projects will be available after logging at The performance will be presented with subtitles, audiodescription and translation into Polish Sign Language.

Due to the licenses requirements some of the performances may be seen by limited number of viewers. The works will be accessible for 24 or 48 hours so that the audience may choose the time of watching them in a way that fits their needs best.

The Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, The Culture Support Fund within The Anti-Covid Shield, Silesian Voivodship. 


„Der Boxer” – famous staging of Szczepan Twardoch book in the Thalia Theater (Hamburg, Germany) directed by Ewelina Marciniak

„YAG” – created during the pandemic film version of the Batsheva Dance Company performance directed by Ohad Naharin (Israel)

„This Wild Darkness” – masterpiece work by acclaimed and world famous director Pippo Delbono (Italy)

„Oniegin” – breath-taking performance directed by one of the most interesting and acclaimed Russian directors of young generation Timofey Kulyabin, awarded with two prestigious Golden Mask Awards

„Body to Body with Marylin” („Ciało w ciało z Marylin”) – videoperformance by Teatr 21, the company awarded this year with Paszport „POLITYKI” (Poland)

„Enter Achilles”, „Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men” – provocative works of cult British DV8 Physical Theatre (United Kingdom)

„Koniec z Eddym” („The End of Eddy”) – staging of the well known French book by Édouard Louis, directed by Anna Smolar in Warsaw STUDIO teatrgaleria (Poland)

„The Seagull” („Mewa”) – outstanding staging and exceptional actors roles in the great performance directed by Yurij Butusov (Russia)


„Alicja 0700” – original interactive audioplay created by exceptional company from Poznań Teatr Usta Usta Republika famous for its unconventional artistic works

„Dreammers Community” („Wspólnota Śniących”) – a week lasting online project exploring the fenomenon of dreaming and the issue of community 

„The Kitchen of Konflict” („Kuchnia Konfliktu”) – project evolving around cooking and the issue of refugees and the festival menu with the dished from Chechnya in Katowice restaurant Amfora 

@Background_Bob – Polish edition of artistic project and charity event initiated by the 12 years old boy, Noah Jones, from the UK and his father: Nathan Jones

„The Children of Saturn” („Dzieci Saturna”) – project raising and documenting an issue of suicide among children and young people; the presentation will be combined with a talk with the project creators and Lucyna Kicińska – pedagogue, coach and the coordinator of a help phone line for Children and Young People.

Open The Door International Festival is one of the most unique festivals in southern Poland. Its programme includes works of disabled artists and artists from disadvantaged groups, projects raising important social questions, outdoor events. The Festival aims to reach new people, is open to various theatre forms, showing its diversity - modern, experimental and traditional styles and various genres including dance, visual theatre, contemporary circus.

British Council is partner of the festival.