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The Zagreb Youth Theatre (Croatia), Maribor Theatre Festival (Slovenia), and Belgrade Drama Theatre (Serbia) as partners and producers of the Shadow Pandemic: Hidden Voices project have issued a call for three new plays and a premiere to broadly address the issue of neglect and violence against women during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Shadow Pandemic: Hidden Voices project is being funded by the Creative Europe Programme (CREA) and co-funded by the European Commission and the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media.

Planned project activities include several drama workshops and panel discussions to be held in Zagreb, Maribor, and Belgrade.

You are invited to attend a panel discussion in Zagreb on 28 November 2022 at the Zagreb Youth Theatre, Miško Polanec Hall at 4 p.m.:


Ivana Vuković, project dramaturge
Višnja Ljubičić, the Ombudswoman for gender equality
Anita Lauri Korajlija, psychologist, Autonomous Women’s House

Thank you for attending.

Follows a reminder to the terms of the call for three new plays:

The submission deadline is by the midnight of 18 January 2023, and the results will be announced at the Shadow Pandemic web site no later than 28 February 2023. You can download the call with all terms at the same site.

Scripts in Croatian, Serbian, or Slovene should be submitted in Word or PDF by email to:

Each of the selected scripts will be awarded Euro 4,400.00 gross (including all taxes and withholdings).

The drama script can only be submitted by women authors with a residence address in the EU member states and countries included in the Creative Europe Programme (Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Georgia, Moldavia, Ukraine, Tunisia, Armenia, and Kosovo*).

*In accordance with the UN Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) and without prejudicing the status or the opinion of ICJ about Kosovo’s declaration of independence.

The unpublished script can be submitted in Croatian, Slovene, or Serbian. The awarded scripts will be translated into English, published online, and staged together in an omnibus format under the direction of Selma Spahić. The plays will be premiered in Zagreb, Belgrade, and Maribor. This two-year project is funded by the European Commission as part of the Creative Europe Programme in the amount of Euro 200,000 and co-funded by the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media.

The aim of the project is to raise public awareness about violence against women during the coronavirus pandemic, especially among the youth.

The project will involve 30 artists and 60 young people, who will attend the workshops and participate in the production of the plays, which will be performed 11 times in partner theatres in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Poland, and Czechia.