The Summer Stage Festival Ruše was established in 2000 in Ruše, a small town at the foothills of Pohorje, near Maribor. It offers ten days of theatre performances, concerts of Slovene and international musicians, events for children, together around 35 different cultural events with around ten thousands visitors. The multicultural festival is mostly happening in a unique stone amphitheatre in a natural setting of the Pohorje forests. It is organised by Cezam Youth Centre Ruše
The very motto of the festival is: “Let the streets, halls and the summer stage at the foothills of Pohorje become alive once more!” The festival offers a wide range of cultural events, from concerts and other musical performances, workshops, theatre performances, for example street theatre, stand-up evenings or puppet shows, fine arts activities and exhibitions, social events, culinary offerings, dancing and more.
The festival hosts many commercial names that attract wider public, but also events of an alternative culture: for example, the pop singer Tony Cetinski, but also the virtuosos like guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski or saxophonist Vasko Atanasovski, or the United Nations Association Film Festival, which connects the authors of documentary films on the topic of human rights. With respect for tradition, amateur culturists as well as professional artists perform on Ruše’s stage.
The festival takes place at some accompanying venues in Ruše, for example at Tržnica Triglav or at the Drava River Boathouse, but its recognisability is built around the atmosphere of the old stone amphitheatre, on the Summer Stage Ruše.