Norma is the theatre and contemporary art festival held in Ostrava. Its first edition took place on November 13thand 14th, 2015 in the premises of the Staré a Nové koupelny (“Old and New Bathrooms” ) of the former coal mine Hlubina and in the Multifunctional Hall Gong in the area of Dolní Vítkovice.
Norma is organised by PLATO – a platform (for contemporary art) Ostrava and by Studio Hrdinů, a Prague based theatre.
The Norma festival presents original theatre projects dealing with trends and topics that have been of concern to European artists across generations and theatre genres. An important dimension of the festival is the close interconnection between theatre and visual arts, apparent in both particular theatre productions and visual art performances. This relationship is mutually beneficial: it is common for conceptual artists to reach beyond the range of the visual arts and thus theatre presents an exciting challenge for them; on the other hand, theatre-makers can find inspiration, transcend their field and discover an open-minded and fresh approach to their work.
The second edition of the festival will take place in mid-November 2016.