Opening date: 14th Sept 2007
Author: Branka Prpa, PhD
Realization: Svetlana Adžić, Olga Latinčić
Visualization: engineer architect Bojana Đurović
Graphic design: Dragana Lacmanović
Exhibition opened by: Borka Pavićević and Jovan Ćirilov

Acting as an institution for protection of cultural property and cultural heritage, the Historical Archives of Belgrade has done everything possible to not only protect from destruction the BITEF documents, but also to classify and process it according to international standards. This involves intense efforts to make them readily available in the digital form which will be searchable via Internet. BITEF Archives have been classified according to the individual festivals and sub-groups reflecting all the events and the endeavors accompanying such a major manifestation. The Festival Archives comprise stage performance dossiers, including scripts, correspondence, photographs, posters, audio agallerynd video material, catalogues, affiche, press clippings, photo albums books of comments by the audience. In other words, they represent gold mine of various information that can be utilized for any type of multi-disciplinary research having not only local but the international character, as well. For this very reason, by presenting the documents related to the 40th anniversary of BITEF, the Historical Archives of Belgrade wants to remind the public and researchers of the importance of the Festival that has already become history. Or, more precisely BITEF is a lasting historical phenomenon which is a rare occurrence in societies and countries lacking the continuity of institutions.
(Branka Prpa, PhD)