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AKCENT 2011 - NOVEMBER 15-20

15.11.2011

1. edition of the International Festival of Theatre with Social Outreach is behind the door! Theatre / Concerts / Site-specific projects / Presentations / Documentary films / Workshops!

AKCENT, AKCENT
They say that when you speak bad French to a Frenchman he pretends not to understand you. A German will correct your prepositions and point out that you should use dem instead of der in the masculine form of the third case. What about an Englishman or an American? They are so used to their native tongue being butchered that they don’t even care anymore. They try to listen to what you’re saying and to answer you. That is, to understand; which after all is the purpose of speech! To understand, to comprehend one another, to communicate like people, who though they may be divided by different languages, accents and vowels, nevertheless want to achieve something together.
When God wanted to punish the arrogance of the people who built the Tower of Babel up to heaven, he confused their languages. He punished their ability to understand each other. And so someone would say “give me a brick,” and someone else would think that he wanted mortar, and so the construction fell apart. We never got to heaven by building a tower.
The Akcent theatre festival is about this very problem, which has dogged humankind since time immemorial. It’s about bad accents, emphasis on the wrong syllable, weird intonations or incorrectly placed words, smiles or gestures. This problem is universal, indeed international. Let’s try to understand each other, as individuals, and as nations. Otherwise we will not survive. Believe me. Whether or not we overcome our accent, let us put it in the right place – on understanding!
Jiřina Šiklová, patron of the festival

More information and programme at www.akcentfestival.eu



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