FREEDOM  – Inside Out  performance

May, 3rd – 7th 2021.

Belgrade, Republic of Serbia


SPOTLIGHT THEATER is an independent theater, founded in within the organization Center E8.

Under this name, SPOTLIGHT THEATER has been operating since 2017. years, but is present at regional scene since 2012, when the Center E8 intensified work on the theater program, whose basis are educational, socially engaged plays, originated with young people and for young people.

SPOTLIGHT THEATER uses theater as a tool of social emancipation, as a method of education, as a school of thought about society, community and values. Theater as activism, as a struggle for human freedom and rights.

SPOTLIGHT THEATER is one of the partners of LIBERTY, a project co- funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union which involves 12 cultural partners from 10 countries, coordinated by UK agency ArtReach.



In the difficult times of the pandemic, we lost the definition of the word – freedom. Limited movement, lost rights in the fog, uncertainty, distrust in institutions, mental collapse have influenced us to forget what our freedoms are and who we are essentially. On the other hand, many have become aware of the concepts of freedom in their lives, turned to work on themselves, artistic creation, music, yoga, digital design. So we wonder in what way and from what aspect you look at the word freedom in today’s personal vocabulary?

The Freedom performance is conceived as an innovative theatrical experience that combines classical theatrical elements with new technologies and the Internet, so the project will connect artists and experts in the field new technologies and digital communications.

The project will result with a theatrical play, a theatrical experience, a live film, an inside-out performance – which will arise from the accumulation of an intensive educational andresearch process. Young artists will research personal freedoms, freedoms within the community, freedom of movement, freedom of expression, freedom of opinion, freedom of cultural diversity. When we talk about a very broad concept, which will be participatory mapped, we are talking about respect for human rights, the safety of vulnerable groups.

The Freedom performance is conceived as an experience that combines the virtual and real world, digital technologies and analog tools, public and private space. It combines theater because it is performed live, and uses film tools because we watch the movie live. The audience will go through an online and live theatrical experience. The audience will through the whole performance be getting pieces of puzzle through digital media that they’ll have to follow to get a story. The performance will be performed in 4 different locations and then merged in to the on live performance.



Spotlight theater is working on the Freedom performance, which will take place in the end of May 2021. We would like to invite young artists/activists/art activists under the age of 30 who deal with the topic of freedom, to participate in theater workshops in Serbia for 5 days from 3rd to 7th of May. The selected artists will spend 5 days in Belgrade and will present their aspect of freedom in the project, thus participate in the making of the Inside Out performance ,,Freedom”, which will be premiered in Belgrade, Serbia. The selected artists will also give one 3 hour workshop, in the following period, of their methods in art work, digital work, experience in defining cultural diversity and personal identity.   The selected artists will be attending, participating and conducting in workshops that will give us all different answers on the question – What is freedom today?

SPOTLIGHT THEATER is looking for young European artists in the areas of theatre, performance, visual arts, film, photography, digital artwork, new technologies and suchlike, topically dealing with FREEDOM. Through the project the emphasis will be on the exchange of international practices of working with young people in the field of performance, digital work and theatre in the topic of the freedom.

In case of special health situations due to Covid – 19 pandemic in individual countries, workshops will be implemented online. The workshops will take place also in the period from 3rd to 7th of May, only will be held online.

Fee: We are covering the travel and accommodation costs of the successful applicant, together with a fee of 400 EUR.




All applicants must:

  • be between the age of 18–30 by 1st September 2019,
  • be resident in a European country (we encourage both EU, non-EU citizens and immigrants with the right to work in their country of residence to join us)


Share artist statement – written (max 1 side of A4) and must include:

  • An introduction to you and your work Your date of birth
  • Country of Residence Nationality
  • A link to your past work online and your CV/ portfolio
  • A brief description of your vision of freedom


To submit your application please send the following to with FREEDOM APPLICATION in the subject line.



// What is freedom in today terms? //

// What are the ways of getting the Freedom? //

// How do you obtain your freedom? //

// What is the definition of Liberty? //

// Do you live in your full rights? //



By applying, you accept to be added to the Liberty Portfolio and that your data (including contacts, social media, website and content related to your work) and your artworks’ images may be used, published, shared and kept by Spotlight theatre and LIBERTY partners


A B O U T   L I B E R T Y   E U

LIBERTY EU brings together 12 cultural partners from 10 countries to create an ambitious and innovative creative response to current challenges facing Europe. At a time of significant change – with the continued mass movement of people and arrival into   Europe   of   refugees;   disturbing   breakdown   in   community   cohesion;   the implications of BREXIT; and the current Covid 19 situation – ArtReach and partners want to focus on the positive impact of creative integration through art and culture, helping to forge new sense of identity and place (both locally and  Europe-wide)  through artistic collaborations. LIBERTY EU will conclude with a five month pan- European programme from May to September 2022, utilising  new  technology  to share works and ideas as widely as possible.