Sunday Matinees is a project of the theatre launched in January of 2006. This is a creative and educative program which enables children to participate, not only in the regular theatre plays, but in a string of creative dance, puppet and drama classes and workshops, guided by ZYT pedagogues. Because of the great interest of the children and their parents we are continuing with the program even more intensive in the upcoming season. ZYT began with the European Theatre Project in January 2006 and continues regularily in the upcoming season as we wish to enable the Zagreb audience to follow all the important foreign theatre achievements outside the programs of festivals (which is always limited by the program concept). This project has been recognized as a long awaited theatre project and it has gained the status of an event not to be missed. As a part of the project we have by now introduced the following theatres: Theatre Metastatio from Prato, Space Productions Sarajevo, Theatre Seindendan from Tokyo, Slovenian National Theatre from Nova Gorica, Yugoslavian Drama Theatre from Belgrade, Ballet Preljocaj from Paris, Slovenian theatre from Trieste, theatre group Farm in the Cave from Prague, En Knap Group from Ljubljana, Slovenian Youth Theatre from Ljubljana, dance group Inbal Pinto from Tel Aviv, Royal Flemish Theatre from Bruxelles, Theatre from Heildeberg and Theatre an der Parkaue from Berlin, Slovenian Theatre in Trieste, Slovenian Youth Theatre in Ljubljana.
In 2007 Zagreb Youth Theatre co-operated with theatre of Jan Fabre in the perfor-mance Requiem for a Metamorphoses, which was presented at the Salzburg Festival and in 2008 with the same theatre co-produced the performance of Another Sleepy Dusty Delta Day, which had the opening night at Avignon festival. The ZYT produced together with La Commedie de Saint Étienne performance L’Énvolée and it was presented at the end of 2008 in Zagreb and in 2009 in Saint Étienne.
In May 2008. Zagreb Youth Theatre became a member of the European Theatre Convention and thereby joined the Orient Express Theatre Project, which brings together six theatres from Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Germany. In Zagreb the project was held at the Main Railway Station in the period of June 12th to June 17th 2009 and included the performances: As If of the Serbian National Theatre, Seven Days in Zagreb of Zagreb Youth Theatre and Ex-press of the Turkish State Theatre.
Zagreb Youth Theatre, placed at Teslina 7, in the very center of the city of Zagreb, is a part of multimedia youth center, together with Radio 101, Youth television, and several popular places for the Zagreb youth gatherings. As one of the oldest theatres of this kind, it is considered to be the cradle of the Croatian theatre, since many generations of actors and people in culture began here in the Youth Studio, today known as ZYT College. When it comes to repertoire, ZYT is a very specific theatre since the ensemble has so far performed, with equal success, children’s plays and highly artistic performances of Croatian and world literature for the most demanding audiences. So it is clear that ZYT performs successfully not only it primary activity as a theatre, but also achieves a wider social task to educate children and youth. With all of it’s materially measurable advantages, one of the main characteristics of Zagreb Youth Theatre is the image it holds in the public eye. Famous plays directed by famous directors, carefully and in a contemporary manner arranged program and numerous initiatives wich have greatly enriched the cultural content that Zagreb can offer to the public eye, are just some of the reasons why the ZYT constantly draws and thrills audiences of all generations.
Over the last few years ZYT has received 50 awards at the national and international theatre festivals in Brussels, Berlin, Frieburg, Nitra, Moscow, Heildeberg, Wiesbaden, Plzen, Varna, Helsinki, Vienna, Beograd, Skopje, Ljubljana, Nova Gorica, New York, Costa Rica...