A New Festival: MedreseFest’19


We are so happy and pleased that we did organise for the fourth time the International Monodrama Festival, MonoFest, which allowed us to share the beauty and opportunities of Tiyatro Medresesi with the actors all around the world and the audience from Turkey.

It was not only the precious pieces, which made the festival days that were full of performances, workshops and Q&A sessions, unforgettable for us. The true meetings between the actors and the audience that occurred during the meals or at the courtyard, which was peculiar to Medrese, were as valuable as the pieces we watched. We believe that such meetings and encounters serve the aim of the establishment of Medrese in terms of supporting artistic productions.

We desire to enlarge the scope of the festival that we plan to organise for the fifth time in 2019.

First of all, we plan not to restrict the festival that will be held on 12-15 September 2019 and named MedreseFest but not MonoFest anymore, only with monodrama pieces. You can apply to MedreseFest to perform any piece you have.

Besides we intend to add a new section to MedreseFest. You can apply to the festival to perform your unfinished pieces that are still being rehearsed (work in progress).

Moreover, you can also apply to MedreseFest to work in the wonderful setting of Medrese on your pieces that are just an idea and to perform them as “work in progress” at the festival. We believe that MedreseFest, which will also include “work in progress” pieces that you can produce by working on in the rehearsal halls of Medrese and by sharing them with other resident artists at Medrese, will turn into a unique theatrical experience.

You can send a detailed information and visual material, if any, concerning to your “work in progress” pieces that you intend to work on at Medrese on 1-10 September 2019, or a full video link of your finished pieces together with a synopsis including information about the performance, performer, and the company to the following address until 31 December 2018:

We would like to remind you that we can provide the artists and companies that will participate at MedreseFest the opportunity to stay and dine free at Medrese during the festival whereas we cannot afford their honorarium and travel expenses. On the other hand, we would be happy to cooperate with the artists who will apply to national or international institutions for financial support.

We look forward to your applications!

Hope to see you at Medrese!