The 20th International Festival of Alternative Theatrical Expression – FAKI 20 hereby invites performance, theater, dance and circus artists and collectives to apply for participation at FAKI 20, dedicated to the theme of Africa and racial discrimination against blacks. FAKI also offers art residencies three weeks prior to the festival, for final rehearsals and international premiere on the opening day. Our performance halls are equipped with basic technical tools (light, sound, projection screens and projectors, technicians, stage manager). FAKI provides technical and stage assistance, refunds part of the travel costs and gives modest accommodation and vegetarian meals for artists residing outside Zagreb. FAKI doesn’t give fees or per diems. Admission to the entire festival is free.

Where: Autonomous Culture Centre Medika, Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb, Croatia

May 23 – 27 2017
May 1 – 27 2917, for art residency

Deadline for applications: March 5th 2017

FAKI denounces politics of slavery and racial discrimination, devoting its 20 years of activity to the delivery of brutal facts about racism against blacks in contemporary society. Apartheid government forbad Steve Biko any form of public activity in February 1973. He wasn’t allowed to speak in public, nor to more person than one at once, while his movement was strictly limited to one city quarter. It was forbidden to quote him and to retell his spoken words. In the age of 30 he dies in jail after being tortured to death by police. His paper ‘Some African Cultural Concepts’ – given at a conference called by IDAMASA (Interdenominational Association of African Ministers of Religion) and ASSECA (Association for the Educational and Cultural Development of the African people) at the Ecumenical Lay Training Centre, Edendale, Natal in 1971 – provides an inestimable insight into foundations of our racial misapprehensions, hence we seize the opportunity of this open call to draw attention to some of Steve Biko’s passages.

We reject the power-based society of the Westerner that seems to be ever concerned with perfecting their technological know-how while losing out on their spiritual dimension. We believe that in the long run the special contribution to the world by Africa will be in this field of human relationship. The great powers of the world may have done wonders in giving the world an industrial and military look, but the great gift still has to come from Africa—giving the world a more human face. Steve Biko

FAKI is a non-profit theater festival, organized by Autonomous Cultural Centre Attack! The festival is financially supported by Republic of Croatia – Ministry of Culture, City of Zagreb – Council of Culture, Education and Spot and Foundation Kultura Nova.

Attack! is a non-partisan, non-profit, non-governmental association of civil volunteers creating a cultural and political alternative, as well as an alternative economy, providing  public space for individual creative expression and changes on a local level which lead to a free society.

Please find application forms at and send it to For residency send your motivation letter, project description and artistic CV, with the subject ‘For art residency’

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