The two-day amateur theatre festival featured guest troupes from four countries: Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia/Vojvodina and Macedonia, who staged five showings for the audiences in the town of Hercegovac.
The Croatian Reading Room in Hercegovac is the traditional host and organiser of the Days of Croatian Folk Theatre. The festival celebrates amateur Croatian theatre production in Croatia and neighbouring countries and aims to preserve and nurture the Croatian language and cultural heritage and to promote links with the homeland. The festival has long been sponsored by Bjelovar-Bilogora County and supports amateur theatre and building bridges between the homeland and our communities abroad.
For this small town in the Moslavina region this festival is of major significance. The local association was founded back in 1921 and has for all these years been the hub of culture events in the Municipality of Hercegovac and the broader region. Thus this municipality is known for its amateur theatre production and as an excellent host in many of the neighbouring countries, the best proof of which is the constant interest for the Days of Croatian Folk Theatre.
For twenty-two years the Croatian Reading Room has worked to preserve the tradition of this very special event. This, of course, would not have been possible without the faithful sponsors, founders, committees, schools and other local associations, theatre groups, the audiences and many others.
The Days of Croatian Folk Theatre have always been held under the auspices of the Croatian Ministry of Culture, Bjelovar-Bilogora County and the Municipality of Hercegovac. The event is co-organised by the Croatian Heritage Foundation.
The 22nd Days of Croatian Folk Theatre were staged on the 26th and 27th of February 2016. The event was opened by the host troupe, the Popular Theatre of the Croatian Reading Room of Hercegovac. They were followed by their guests from the Picollo Teatar of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar and a theatre troupe from Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Vitez Municipal Youth Theatre. Saturday kicked off with theatre workshops for all participants led by professor Stjepan Pepeljnjak. This was followed by a performance by HKC Bunjevačko kolo of Subotica. The festival was closed with a performance given by the MHD Marko Marulić Croatian Culture Centre of Bitola.