Unfortunately, there are very few international theater festivals in Minsk.
The Minsk International Christmas Opera Forum takes place at the end of the year to bring together foreign and domestic opera stars.
Every spring, the Music Theater holds “Natalia Gaida invites…” forum, featuring only repertoire performances with foreign singers participating. This summer, the Opera and Ballet Theater will host the first ever festival Ballet Summer in Bolshoi that will resemble the opera forum.
There are two festivals for drama theaters. Both take place in the fall: International Student Theater Festival “Teatralny Kufar” (September). It has been organized annually for the past ten years. Negatives: no synchronous translation during the plays performed in foreign languages. Positives: admission to some performances is free. In October, Minsk hosts TEART Forum that brings together the best recent European and Russian plays.
The Puppet Theater organizes the International Puppet Theater Festival, with the next gathering scheduled for May 15-19, 2014.
PlaStforma, the international festival of physical and dance theatres, has been organized in Minsk since 2013. Check for more details about this year’s forum.
The 2nd Street Theater Forum will take place on May 9-11, 2014 near the Minsk City Hall.