Thirteen-year-old Djeljana Ibraimi accepted the keys assuring the Mayor that they are in safe hands and that he shouldn't worry. This was all presented as part of the opening ceremony programme named ''Children, Can You Imagine...'' directed and written by Dejan Djonovic, and produced by the Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children.
President Jakov Milatovic adapted his speech last night to the stories taking place on the stage, where we had small and big actors, young and musically talented, who reminded us of our town's history, legends, intangible goods and at the same time addressed the present day, all in an inspiring and an amusing way.
'Oh, fairy Alkima, who guards and looks after our wonderful and ancient town of Kotor, thank you for putting your trust in me and asking me to put Hypnos to sleep and wake up children and actors. Oh, Hypnos, I’ve decided not to put you to sleep after all, because I don't want you to miss all the joy and happiness produced by children laughing in the streets and squares of Kotor in the next ten days. Stay with us to see this marvellous programme of the 31st Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children. But, Hypnos... I would like to ask you to keep a safe distance, so that your hypnotic powers don't bother our future. In this way, you'll be sending us sweet and carefree dreams, but only after the plays and other programmes are over and sleeping time has come’’ – Mr Milatovic said in his address.
In his message to the little ones, he wished them to enjoy every moment of their lives, just as they do during the Festival.
''Children, wake up from your dreams and fill Kotor with your laughter, games and purity that can only come from the souls of children. Wake up and wake us adults up, and remind us how magical and pure childhood is. Come wake up, help us grown-ups save this wonderful Kotor, Boka, Montenegro, and our entire planet, which we tend to forget is our only home. Wake up dear children and take joy in every moment in life, just like you look forward to the joy of the 31st Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children'' – were the words of Montenegro's President Jakov Milatovic.
Symbolically, the keys that unlock Kotor's heart, were handed to President of the Municipality Vladimir Jokic by ten-year-old Vihor Moskov, who told him ''he is placing them in safe hands during the Festival days''.
''This is certainly the most beautiful night in Kotor and these are certainly the most beautiful days of the year in Kotor. Starting tonight, Kotor is officially becoming a town whose keys are guarded by children, even though Kotor must be and remains a town of children every day of the year. As much as we contributed to our children being raised, loved and educated in our town in the right way, that much we contributed to our town's future. All our reprimands and disputes disappear when a child smiles. All the evils of the world stop when they are faced with a child's gaze. Our daily measure must be a measure of a child and not of ourselves. Because these little people are a lot better than we are, and sometimes we forget to be like them. As my little friend Djeljana takes the keys of the town, let’s put our hands together for her" - Mr Jokic said.
We would like to remind you that the symbol – fairy Alkima and the slogan ''Children, Can You Imagine...'', which is also the title of the opening ceremony programme, are inspired by the book ''Little Legends of Kotor,'' published by the Municipal Public Institution (MPI) ''Museums'' Kotor.
The ceremony was attended by, among others, President of the Municipal Assembly Maja Mrsulja, Culture, Sports and Social Activities Secretariat Head Tatjana Krijestorac, Municipal Public Institution ''Museums'' Director Dusica Ivetic, Culture and Media Ministry Media Directorate Director General Nedjelko Rudovic, Kotor Hospital Centre Director Dr Davor Kumburovic, Institute for Maritime Biology Director Dr Aleksandar Joksimovic, Nikola Djurkovic Cultural Centre Acting Director Radmila Beca Radulovic, Peruta Ivanovic Resource Centre Director Nedjeljko Moskov and many other guests.
Starting today, our audience will enjoy a fun-filled festival programme.
Competition programme starts tonight (Monday, 3 July) at 20h – in Nikola Djurkovic Cultural Centre, with the play ''Do Birds Have the Capacity for Fun?'' of the BITEF Theatre.
At the Cinema Square, at 20.30h, there will be a follow-up program of children's performing arts, starting with the play ''Wonderland'' of the Public Preschool Institution ‘’Dragan Kovacevic’’ Wizards Theatre Troupe from Niksic.
On the Summer Stage at 21.30h, the competing play ''The Snow White'' will take place, performed by the Little Theatre ''Dusko Radovic''.
The theatre programme of this year's Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children comprises 15 plays, 11 of which are in competition. We’ll see performances by theatre groups from Israel, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Northern Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.
In addition to the theatre programme, the Festival also has an abundant follow-up programme, which combines an educational-theoretical programme, children's performing arts, arts and literary programmes.