Front@ Contemporary Dance Festival takes place annually each end of August in Murska Sobota, a town in the eastern region of Slovenia known as Prekmurje. Presenting high quality Slovene and international dance performances, the festival aims to contribute to the decentralisation of contemporary dance scene in Slovenia.
Held since 2006, Front@ is organised by the Flota Institute. Besides staging dance performances, the festival also features workshops, courses, improvised dance meetings and so on.
In 2020 the Front@ Festival consists of two parts: the Western Front@ takes place in Nova Gorica at the beginning of July, and the Eastern Front@ at the end of August, as usually, in Murska Sobota.
The fifth edition of the festival was co-produced by Dance Theatre Ljubljana, MIKK Youth Information Cultural Club, Murska Sobota, Murska Sobota Gallery and the Cultural Societies Association Murska Sobota. The national support is matched with the Municipality of Murska Sobota grant, as well as international funding (European Cultural Foundation, European Commission’s Culture Programme). With co-organising partners in Croatia, Austria, and Hungary the Front@ Festival participated in the project Beyond Front@ to enhance international attendance at the festival and exchange among contemporary dance and other artists from the participating countries and beyond.
n addition, the festival organises dance workshops and classes (in 2009, a practical workshop for stage technicians was also organised), as well as presentations of dance films, and seminars and discussions related to issues in contemporary dance, as well as conversations with artists appearing at the festival.
The festival also hosts improvisation evenings, entitled Improvisation Attack, in the frame of the project Dance Communication Lab (DCL), featuring invited dancers, musicians, and other guests from different countries. The festival also features music concerts; thus far it has hosted Yapa World Jazz Quartet (France), SLO A3 (Slovenia), Kleemar & Därectalchex, etc.
International cooperation and networking: Beyond Front@