About the festival

GBG Mime Fest is a festival that offers high-quality live performances within the expression of mime along with workshops, master classes and academic lectures within theatre and mime. The festival aims to push the boundaries of what mime is and can be in the 21st century by inviting both established and emerging artists to share their work with a wider audience. In addition to stage performances the festival presents installations, alternative performance settings for shorter pieces and music acts.

GBG Mime Fest 2019

Two years after its first appearance onto the festival scene of Gothenburg we are proud to present the third edition of GBG Mime Fest! The festival has rapidly grown since its inception giving us the greatest pleasure to declare that the festival is now truly international. Out of the twelve invited artists and companies four are based in Sweden. This year you are all invited to experience radically different ‘mime universes’ from the UK, Spain, Ukraine, Poland and of course Sweden! Finding its main strength in the various expressions of mime we have sought to compose a program that celebrates the multiplicity of traditions found throughout the practices of mimes and mime companies. By refusing to pigeonhole what mime is the festival has no specific theme. Instead our aim has been to raise the question what mime is and could be in the 21st century. We don’t guarantee any answers but open the doors to this year’s festival for you to find out for yourselves!

In addition to the performances the festival offers talks on the latest research in physical theatre, movement and philosophy studies. Master classes will be offered for professionals by legendary clown Nola Rae and renowned director Jakop Ahlbom. For those curious about what mime is workshops will be given for both adults and children by invited guest teachers. 

Our stages this year

Stora Teatern is Gothenburg’s grand stage for Swedish and international guest performances. The theatre is over 150 years old and located right in the centre of Gothenburg. We are thrilled to collaborate with Stora Teatern for the first time and to present our program on their stage including the MIME EXPLOSION evening!

We are proud to present our collaboration with the Gothenburg City Theatre, putting mime centre stage in the oldest city theatre in Sweden! We will be presenting work on their third stage–Lilla Scenen.

A home away from home, Teater Aftonstjärnan has warmly welcomed the festival for a second run at their beautiful stage. This will be the festival hub where you can attend talks, workshops and enjoy a cup of coffee and some sweets in between the performances.