We Donated More Than EUR 68.000 for Renovation of Pinocchio Puppet Theater
Our Foundation has donated more than EUR 68,000 to Pinocchio Puppet Theatre with the aim of assisting the renovation of this cultural institution in the upcoming period. In addition to 126 seats donated to the theatre hall, a new stage floor, curtains that set the audience apart from the stage and a set of stage curtains made from a non-flammable material, the Foundation will also cover a part of costs of seating adaptation within the existing hall in the amount of EUR 5,525.
Donation Agreement was signed today on the stage of Pinocchio Puppet Theatre by the acting director of this institution, Vladan Djurkovic, and National Director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation, Maja Kremic who pointed out that the Foundation had been working in the field of early child development for 13 years, in various ways.
“Novak had big dreams. We from the Foundation imagine and believe that dreams do come true, which is confirmed by our slogan. Theatre is a place which encourages children to fantasize and believe that dreams come true, and adults are there to help them. Theatre is a unique experience for children, and adults have to act responsibly towards the children who otherwise may never go to theatre without their assistance. This is why we are happy we can make children dream and believe in their dreams through this donation, as this is the only way for them to achieve big goals,“ says Maja Kremic.
As a token of gratitude, in the following four years, the theatre will lend its premises to the Foundation free of charge to bring children from under-developed areas, ensuring thus that as many children as possible grow up watching theatre plays.
According to the acting director of the theatre, Mr. Vladan Djurkovic, Pinocchio Puppet Theatre has been located, for five years, in the building of the former Yugoslavia cinema, that was built 51 years ago.
“When the hall was reconstructed, in 2010, we could not have assumed that Pinocchio would move there. Due to particular circumstances, and to our great fortune, our theatre received a building it deserved. However, since then to this day, the building has not been adapted to children‘s needs. I am grateful to Novak Djokovic Foundation, its founder, its director and employees, who recognized this institution as suitable for their donation. By installing these seats, we will make our institution more available to the youngest audience, who are the reason why we exist,“ Djurkovic pointed out.
The deputy mayor of Belgrade, Mr. Goran Vesic, also attended the signing of the Donation Agreement.
“I would like to thank the Novak Djokovic Foundation for being here with us today and for providing the funds for the reconstruction of this theater. It is not enough for the city and the state to provide help, but it is necessary for everyone to get involved. I am grateful to Novak and his Foundation because they understand the need to donate for something that is socially beneficial. This is our only puppet theater, the largest after the Children’s’ Cultural Center. We need to nurture the theater, and we will strive to participate and help as a city. We will continue to support every cultural institution. We allocate about 3% of our annual budget for culture. I hope this Novak’s initiative will encourage others to help as well. This is certainly a good example for other donors to participate in the reconstruction of the theater,” says Mr. Vesic
The existing plan of reconstruction development envisages the replacement of the seating and curtains in February, while, due to the theatre season, a new stage is set to be installed in August.