The theme of the 8th edition of the Bazaar Festival is “Migration: Defying The Threads”, to which the organizers say: “While ‘our’ birds fly to the Middle East and Africa in constant search for the conditions they need to survive, we participate directly in vast networks that move the seeds, fruit and products of nature from one side of the Earth to the other along currents of ocean and air in massive vessels. But times of trouble like those we have been experiencing, human migration becomes a crucial way to defy threats and live to love another day. As we hope this program shows, all of these movements are worth mapping and their stories worth telling: this pond is not as still nor as isolated as it seems, and these rivers, fields, mountains, forests and skies do not end here. It is all connected. As many people in Ukraine stay to fight against the threats of significant military technology, many make the difficult decision to defy the threats by leaving home in a mass human migration they hope is temporary, let’s map together the fragile choreographies of life at large.”
The international Bazaar Festival features progressive performance works by dance and theatre innovators that keep a healthy distance from official culture and are not afraid to take risks. Bazaar Festival programming is focussed on makers from the independent scenes of Central and Eastern Europe and since 2019, the Middle East.