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|Former names||Belgrade International Theatre Festival|
|Location||Stari Grad, Belgrade, Serbia|
During the 1960s, the founders of this festival (Mira Trailović, Jovan Ćirilov and their associates) courageously followed tumultuous events in global theatre teeming with avant-garde explorations. In the 1980s, BITEF showed Belgrade the highest reaches of the art of theatre, thus becoming one of the few festivals comprising both experimental forms and significant classic achievements. In spite of political-economic crisis and embargo, in the final decade of the 20th century, BITEF, thanks to the help of international culture centres, government and non-government organizations, managed to keep abreast with the rest of world, through promotion of new theatre trends and ultimate theatre values.
In 1999, BITEF was awarded a Special Prize Premio Europa Per Il Teatro, Taormina arte. BITEF was the first international theatre festival to receive an award from Premio Europa.
- "47th BITEF – Belgrade International Theatre Festival". Serbia Incoming magazine. Serbia Incoming magazine. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2014.