Maribor Theatre Festival (Festival Borštnikovo srečanje)

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Country and Region SloveniaPodravje
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Maribor, Podravje, Slovenia
Festival Contact Information

Festival Borštnikovo srečanje
Slovenian National Theatre
2000 Maribor
Slovenska 27
Phone: +386 2-250-6100
Fax: +386 2-252-1207

Festival Description

Brimming with challenge and the poetics of the senses, the oldest and the most prominent theatre festival in Slovenia has always been the scene of exciting arguments, new insights and unexpected reversals.

Since 1996, the year of its debut, its home institution has been the Slovenian National Theatre in Maribor. Its kaleidoscopic history has seen much turmoil and change. Starting as the Week of Slovenian Drama then transforming into a gathering of Slovenian theatres, it eventually established itself as the national theatre competition. It owes its name – notwithstanding the polemics surrounding it – to Ignacij Borštnik (1858-1919), an actor, a stage director and the founder of modern Slovenian theatre.

The festival has recently evolved into an international event: international symposia, and foreign guests, producers and performances are obvious signs that it is ready to confront the European and global theater scene. International promotion is one of the main tasks of the new managing team. The festival consists of several thematic programs (the competition and accompanying program plus the sections entitled Bridges, Generations, and Showcase). Awards are given for the best show, the best stage directing and acting, as well as for musical and other artistic achievements chosen by a jury of theatre professionals. The most prestigious prize is the Borštnik Ring, awarded by a special jury to a deserving actor for his/her life’s work.

Festival Dates October 14 - 23, 2011 TBC
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Practical Info:

  • By phone
    (386) 2-250-1113, or (386) 2-250-1114


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