Since 2007, Plesna izba – Maribor Dance Room annually organises the Contemporary dance Platform. The festival grew out of the Young Dancers’ Festival, derived from the need to continually presentat the work of younger Slovene dance makers and was closely linked to the education programmes of Plesna izba Maribor. In 2010 the festival expanded its programme to include professional contemporary dance production, thus becoming a presentation of national and international makers in the field of contemporary dance art.
Since 2014 the festival is organised in collaboration with Performa Festival, run by MKC Maribor Youth Culture Centre. The new entity is now called Festival Performa & Platforma.
Platform as a space for artists
Contemporary Dance Platform is engaged in presenting different approaches to dance, as practised both in Slovenia and abroad. Is is showing works of the already established as well as upcoming artists. It aims to detect what connects and defines the national dance scene, and tries to reflect on the obstacles that stand in the way of the development of contemporary dance.
Platform regularly organises festival workshops and artists’ laboratories by guest choreographers and dancers, exploring new perspectives, ways, and approaches to making dance.
Platform was part of the Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012 and was a part of the EU Culture fund supported Modul-Dance, a multi-annual cooperation project (2010-2014) that featured 20 dancehouses from 16 European countries.