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Finisterra Festival

Finisterra Festival

Teatro Nacional São João | 27th January to 26th February 2023

Calm down. This is not the end, nor the beginning of the world.

Finisterra Festival is the culmination of the Catastrophe project. Five international coproductions will be presented in Porto, Teatro Nacional São João, from the 27th January to 26th February 2023.

Iphigénie by Tiago Rodrigues directed by Anne Théron Théâtre National de Strasbourg (France) | Teatro Nacional São João (Portugal) Teatro São João | 27+28 January 2023

Decalogue of Anxiety artistic direction Margarita Mladenova, Ivan Dobchev Theatre Laboratory Sfumato (Bulgaria) | Théâtre National du Luxembourg | National Theatre of Northern Greece Teatro Carlos Alberto | 3+4 February 2023

Prometheus ‘22 by Ágnes Kali, Gábor Tompa directed by Gábor Tompa Hungarian Theatre of Cluj (Romania) | Constanţa State Theatre (Romania) | SNT Drama Ljubljana (Slovenia) Teatro São João | 10+11 February 2023

Vatre | Focs based upon Feux, by Marguerite Yourcenar directed by Carme Portaceli Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (Spain) | Yugoslav Drama Theatre (Serbia) Teatro São João | 17+18 February 2023

Iokasté written and directed by Lukáš Brutovský Prague City Theatres (Czech Republic) | SKD Martin (Slovakia) Teatro Carlos Alberto | 24+25 February 2023



Rebuilding European Theatre

Under the specific perspective of the pandemic crisis and the disruption caused by war in Europe, Catastrophe looks to promote the resilience and recovery of important cultural operators, artists and cultural professionals and contributes to safeguard, develop and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity and heritage.

The project aims to return to the founding principles of UTE, bringing together important theatre institutions from Western and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean area and the former Yugoslavia. These theatres will work together to create 5 co-productions based on the themes of ancient Greek tragedy. These themes - a kind of Esperanto not only of the performing arts but also of European experience - are the point of departure for the formulation of a collaborative and creative strategy in a post pandemic Europe, through new works of drama and theatre.

These co-productions will be accompanied by related events (conferences, debates, workshops, etc.), which will link artistic creation to the public. The culmination of the project - the Finisterra Festival - will take place in Porto at Teatro Nacional São João from 27th January to 26th February 2023.


Bringing artists together to exchange ideas, experience and knowledge, and to create together — this is the mission of the Union of European Theatres. Each year, the UTE brings together multiple theatres, companies and artists, all eager to critically reflect on society through creating together. A variety of events taking place throughout the year in the UTE theatres, ranging from festivals, round tables, and conferences to publications, are the outcome of this fruitful exchange.