Press Release – 11th HRTFest

Press Release - 11th HRTFest

11th Handmade & Recycled Theater Festival
Fabrica Athens Theater Group | Athens, Greece

The beloved festival returns to the neighborhood of Kerameikos, Athens, for the eleventh consecutive year, more dynamic than ever.

We make art, once again, like the first time!

10 years handmade and recyclable! 10 years of creation! 10 years HRTFest

“That we did with effort, now it has a title.” The main theme of the Handmade and Recycled Theater Festival or HRTFest, as it is now called, is the idea of handmade and recyclable. Reflecting the identity and the ways the team that created it, Fabrica Athens, HRTFest is the fulfilling of a vision. An artistic vision – and not only – where artists work as a team, and take on many different parts to create their own opportunities with the materials and tools they already have.

After 10 years, HRTFest invites you this year to co-create with us a unique Festival of Handmade &
Recyclable Theater and Art!

About the Participations

HRTFest is based on Fabrica Art Space and stretches in the wider area of Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio neighborhoods downtown Athens, areas well known for their colorful and multicultural features. The title may point to a purely theatrical festival, though it covers all forms of art. The call is open to (not only) artists, tutors and researchers of any artistic field. HRTFest hosts:

● Any Theater genre (prose, social theater, physical theater, street theater, shadow puppetry, puppet theater, theater for children, stand up comedy etc.)
● Performance (music performance, site specific performance, video performance etc.)
● Dance (contemporary dance, dancetheater, jazz dance etc.)
● Circus (acrobatics, aerial arts, juggling, clowning etc.)
● Music (live music, dj sets etc)
● Workshops (seminars and masterclasses of any kind for minors and adults)
● Cinema (feature and short films, documentary films, music films, video art, video dance etc.)
● Visual arts (painting, sculpture, collage, photography, architectural design, installations, site specific art, jewellery, mask, puppet and doll manufacturing, clothing, DIY etc.)
● Lectures, debates, banquets, book presentations etc. In recent years, in fact, the program has been enriched with more nationwide and international participation!

11th Handmade and Recycled Theater Festival - “Branch Out” edition

The theme of the 11th Handmade and Recycled Theater Festival, by the title “Branch Out”, draws inspiration from the way plant branches expand in nature. Just like in trees and bushes - their branches get mixed and tangled, affect each other and, in the end, they mingle and support each other, breeding and hosting new life - thus the interaction and dialog between various forms of art, social backgrounds and
civilisations paints, each and every time, a unique and constantly evolving scenery, that leaves its mark by being open to influences.

Thus, the 11th HRTFest becomes one more time international, with an open call for artists and artistic ensembles in and out of borders, so that new artistic and cultural exchanges and correlations may brew among the participants. This year HRTFest edition will take place during 20-30 of September 2023 in Athens, Greece, based on Fabrica Art Space and stretching around the Kerameikos neighborhood.

One of the main goals of the 11 th HRTFest is to give access and the opportunity to all social sections and classes to mingle with Art. This is the reason why we want the 11th HRTFest to be a Festival open for all, with free access and no cost for the public.


Fabrica Athens aspires to form a Festival that creates opportunities and gives financial support to the participating artists, in these difficult times we are going through. Specifically, launching the “Green Object” and the performance contest of new plays, in the 9 th Handmade and Recycled Theater Festival, our goal is to grow and advance this endeavor by motivating and supporting a constantly greater number of young artists and new artistic teams, so that they can have the opportunity to present and show their work, hoping that this festival will be the pivotal point and inspiration, through the interaction and exchange of ideas, for a new artistic journey.


Where: Fabrica Art Space, M. Alexandrou 125 & Evrimedontos, Kerameikos, Athens, Greece
When: 20/09/2023 – 30/09/2023
Organization: Fabrica Athens Theater Group

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