AKCENT 2023 - Be Yourself! 

AKCENT, a festival of documentary theatre, will be held for the last time this year in the Na Poříčí 26 building.

AKCENT was founded 13 years ago to give the Czech audience an overview of what documentary theatre can be. Over all these years we have presented the biggest stars of theatre that celebrates authenticity. Most often these are the personal stories of the creators, or the people the artists reach out to. As curators and dramaturgs, we have always been interested in what theatrical language any given artist chooses to use so that the moment of authenticity can be preserved in the artificial environment of the theatre.

Rimini Protokoll, Lola Arias, Milo Rau, Wim Vandekeybus, Wen Hui and Living Dance Studio, SheShe Pop, Forced Entertainment, the world's top theatre artists who have greatly influenced and continue to influence the Czech scene.

AKCENT has been around for 13 years, every fall, even the covid one, which was held online and the centerpiece of which was a huge conference featuring many of the stars named above, called "No More Kissing." It was a time when we weren't allowed to hug, shake hands, much less kiss both cheeks several times as a sign of greeting.

We debated what a world would look like in which people didn't touch each other in a sign of closeness. The year is 2023, the 13th edition of AKCENT is here. It's a theatre that invites you to be close, to meet, to have a personal contact. It invites us to dare to say things the way we really feel.  Each of the productions we will see this year says to us:
Be yourself! This is very much needed nowadays!
Take your time, come and be yourself!

Jana Svobodová, artistic director of the AKCENT festival



Doughnuts / Toshiki Okada


Saturday, November 4, 20.00, large auditorium

Toshiki Okada / Thalia Theater, Hamburg (Germany)

In coproduction with the Festival of German language

In German with Czech subtitles

Eastern Loves / Hotel Europa

Hotel Europa: Eastern Loves

Thursday, November 16 and Friday, November 17, 20.00, large auditorium

André Amálio a Tereza Havlíčková, Hotel Europa (Portugal)

Czech, German, Portuguese, Russian and Changana (one of the languages of Mozambique) are spoken in the performance.

The performance is with Czech subtitles.

Are you coming? / Mariana Fonseca, Lobby Teatro


Are You Coming?

Saturday, November 18, 20.00, small auditorium

Mariana Fonseca, Lobby Teatro (Portugal)

In English language, video with englisch subtitles


Odkaz / Spielraum Kollektiv


Monday, November 20, 20.00, small auditorium

Spielraum Kollektiv (Česká republika)

Představení v češtině


Hana Kokšalová – Každý má v sobě dva vlky

Inside You, There Are Two Wolves

Friday, November 24, 18.00, small auditorium

Hana Kokšalová et al. (Czech Republic) 

In Czech language

The performance is followed by a theatre workshop.




Saturday, November 25, 20.00, large auditorium

Jiří Havelka a kol. / Divadlo Husa na provázku (Česká republika)

Představení je v češtině.


Ti, kdo mluví sami za sebe

Those Who Speak For Themselves

Thursday, December 12 and Wednesday, December 12, 20.00, large and small auditoria

Jana Svobodová a kol. (Česká republika)

Derniéra inscenace

Představení je v češtině.


Much Better Now!

Sofía Vélez (UK), Martin Krupa (CZ)

Installation throughout the festival in the lobby of the Archa Theatre


About festival

The AKCENT  – International Festival of Documentary Theatre was born in 2010 at the Archa Theatre from the need to present a new theatrical form to the Czech public, one for which the term "documentary" was later established. From the very beginning, AKCENT set itself the ambition to connect European and world artists with local theatre-makers whose theatrical expression is grounded in authentic events, stories or social positions. AKCENT contributed to the development of a theatrical methodology that is not based on the interpretation of a text written in advance by a playwright. It gave impetus to a creative process directly inspired by the current social situation. AKCENT has presented the work of world-famous artists as well as prominent figures from the local scene.


Archa Theatre
Na Poříčí 26
110 00  Praha 1
Czech Republic

Jana Svobodová
director of Akcent Festival

Ondřej Hrab
curator of Akcent Festival

Jindřich Krippner


Supported by:

Project is funded by the City of Prague, the Ministry of Culture and the State Fund of Culture.

Hlavní město Praha

Ministerstvo kultury České republiky  

Státní fond kultury ČR