Theatres

Summer Puppet Pier 2023

1. 08. - 31. 08. 2023

Maribor

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Poletni lutkovni pristan

Vojašniški trg 2 A 2000, Maribor

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Since 1990, the Maribor Puppet Theatre has been organising the Summer Puppet Pier, an annual international summer festival in the city. Every year, in August, thousands of visitors enjoy an excellent programme. Primarily, the festival offers the best foreign and domestic puppet performances for children, as well as performances for adults, workshops, exhibitions, installations, and other accompanying events. With the support of the Municipality of Maribor, Maribor puppeteers every year attract the best that the puppet world has to offer. Since the 30th Summer Puppet Pier festival, the best performance selected by the children’s jury receives the Golden Giraffe Award.

Though centred on the Likovni Salon gallery, the festival invites different generations of visual and performance artists to turn the idea of the gallery inside out, so to speak, by moving the traditionally closed gallery space out onto the streets of the Celje town centre, where it becomes both a display space, a depository of art materials and a place of random encounters and exchanges. Visitors, both unintentional and intentional, are not meant to “follow” the events of the festival in a traditional, linear way, but to discover the festival and allow it to spark reflection about the manifold ways art interacts with everyday life.

Participation in the 2023 Summer Puppet Pier Festival

Participation in the festival is open to all professional puppet theatres, independent puppet theatre groups, and individuals. In addition to the basic technical data, we also ask the applicants to submit promotional materials, photos and a recording of their performance. The organizing committe will invite to the festival those performaces chosen by the selection committee. The festival will purchase the selected performances.

Applications must be submitted by 28th February 2023 via e-mail to tanja.luzar@lg-mb.si.

Multidisciplinary

Drugajanje Festival

28. 11. - 30. 11. 2022

Maribor, Nova Gorica, Ptuj

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Festival Drugajanje

, Maribor, Nova Gorica, Ptuj

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Festival Drugajanje was established in 2002 in collaboration between the II. gimnazija Maribor secondary school and the Bunker Institute. The name of the festival is derived from the name of the school, but at the same time it refers to otherness; to another theatre, to another dance, to other formats, to another audience… But it also implies action, festivity, and, although we didn’t know it – or even suspect it – at the time, also duration!

Drugajanje has undergone some changes, but has always remained faithfully connected to young audiences, to international and local contemporary performing arts, and to Maribor. After twenty editions, the 21st Drugajanje is expanding from Maribor to Nova Gorica and Ptuj. The hubs in the two “new” cities are also secondary schools, and in the coming years, our goal is to expand the successful format throughout Slovenia.

The 21st festival Drugajanje brings contemporary performances to Maribor, Nova Gorica and Ptuj – fresh formats, current content, and this year, also a series of workshops, which appeal mainly to students of secondary art schools and seek to offer them short joint artistic processes.

Welcome to Drugajanje – it was conceived in different times, but it is different and intended for different people every year – each time for new generations and at the same time, for all generations!

Alma R. Selimović

Film

Enimation, International Children and Youth Film Festival

8. 11. - 12. 11. 2022

Maribor

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Enimation, mednarodni festival otroškega in mladinskega filma

Glavni trg 22 SI-2000, Maribor

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The Enimation, International Children and Youth Film Festival is a specialised competitive festival established in 2011, focusing on films made by children and youth. It takes place annually at the Maribor Puppet Theatre, Vetrinjski dvor and GT22 in Maribor during the last week of November. The applications for eligible films are usually from May till September.

The festival is part of an international platform in the field of education through animated film. Enimation’s four modules – Enimation School, Enimation Little Elephant, Enimation Seminar and Enimation expert – unite children, youth, parents, mentors, teachers and other animated film enthusiasts.

Background

The festival derives from the Animateka International Animated Film Festival Maribor edition. Since 2011, the Association for Film Culture Development, Maribor focused only on children and youth films and thus created its own festival platform, which is growing every year. In 2019, at the 9th edition, it had more than 400 applications from all over the world. Co-organised by Zavod MARS Maribor, an association for cultural and art education, its main purpose is to promote film production by children and youth, film education in schools and the development of film production skills and a critical understanding of film.

Sections and awards

Among the festival sections, 3 are competitive: the “MINI” section for films made by children till the age of 10, the “MIDI” section for films made by children from the ages of 11 till 14 and the “MAXI” section for films made by youth till the age of 19. In each section, the Little Elephant Award is given by an international jury of 3 members, which can also give Special Mentions to films in each section. The winner of all three sections combined is awarded the Little Elephant Grand Prix and a scholarship for the next film project, sponsored by the Foundation Sonda.

Accompanying programme

The competition programme is accompanied by a rich programme of internationally mentored workshops, additional screenings of films for children and youth, talks with authors, dance and musical performances.

International activities

The festival is part of the international Youth Cinema Network, which combines several festivals with a similar focus. It also hosts screenings, experts and cooperation projects from partner festivals in the region, such as Star Film Fest from Osijek or Dubrovnik Film Festival.

Theatres

Minoriti Open Air Cinema

9. 07. - 20. 08. 2022

Maribor

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Letni kino Minoriti

Vojašniški trg 2A SI-2000 , Maribor

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The Minoriti Open Air Cinema is an annual summer film event, established in 2017, focusing on the best films of the year in the field of art cinema, documentaries, Slovenian film, film premieres and short films. It takes place at the open air auditorium of the Maribor Puppet Theatre in Maribor during July and August, usually every Saturday and Wednesday evening. The event instantly became popular and is attracting around 4,000 visitors every year. Half of the programme is usually screened with English subtitles or in English language.

Background

The Minoriti Open Air Cinema is a successor of the Udarnik na prostem open air cinema, which was organised between 2010 and 2014 at Vetrinjski dvor by the team that ran Kino Udarnik at the time.

After Kino Udarnik, the last old city cinema in the centre of Maribor, had to close because of the lack of financial support, the team around the Association for Film Culture Development, Maribor continued the initiative in order to show the best films of the year to the inhabitants and visitors of Maribor at least during summer. It joined forces with the public institution Maribor Puppet Theatre, which provides the wonderful venue of the Minoriti auditorium, and the private company Projektor, d.o.o., which provides the screening and ticketing technology, to organise a two-month film event. The trio was joined by a local gastronomy provider and music events organiser Kooperativa Peron to care for the bar and additional events.

Programme

From the beginning of July till the end of August, the best films of the year are screened each Saturday and Wednesday evening. The programme includes international festival award winners, the best Slovenian films of the year, the most notable documentaries and animation features and premieres of the most expected films of the summer.

Accompanying programme

The long feature film programme is accompanied by short films provided by international film festivals in the region, such as Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival, DOKUDOC International Documentary Film Festival, Enimation, International Children and Youth Film Festival, Stoptrik International Film Festival and FeKK Ljubljana Short Film Festival. The screenings of Slovenian films are usually visited by authors, with talks and discussions organised after the films. The film programme is also accompanied by music events and exhibitions at a nearby Minorite Church venue.

Literature

Translation Pranger Festival

5. 07. - 9. 07. 2022

Maribor

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Prevodni Pranger

Ulica heroja Tomšiča 9 A SI-2000, Maribor

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The first edition of the Translation Pranger Festival, the festival of world literature translations and humanities took place in Maribor in 2019. KUD Pranger Cultural Association established Translation Pranger Festival in accordance with the already established Pranger format.

Festival consists of analysis and evaluation public talks on translations of novels, short stories, children’s and youth literature, essays, dramatics, theory and poetry, which is complemented by the sale of interesting books and the recording and transcription of talks. Conversations is followed by relaxed socializing and discussion among participants.

Talks are held at the Maribor Puppet Theater. The first edition of the festival was prepared on the day of the death of St. Hieronymus, the translator best known for the Latin translation of the Bible.

Programme

Face to face (Iz oči v oči)

The management of the festival chooses one foreign language and a selector who will conduct the interview concerning two books or a magazine / radio publication of the translator in the focus of the evening. The choice of the selector is on its own discretion, but must take into account the manageability of the material in scope (especially for the audience who desires to read the material before the event). The choice and argumentation of translation solutions is commented upon by the invited discussant. The selector and discussant explain “face-to-face” their opinions to the translator of the translation, who has the opportunity to explain and reveal at his translation workshop less known facts or textual solutions that the discussant and selector may have interpreted in their own way.

Minorite Church, Maribor

Maribor

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Minoritska cerkev

Vojašniški trg 2 SI-2000 , Maribor

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The Minorite Church, Maribor is a recently established performing arts venue that opened its doors in 2015. Set on the banks of the Drava River in Maribor, in the city’s medieval quarter called Lent, the former church was given a thorough renovation between the years 2013 and 2015. Since then it is used for a variety of cultural events, from classical music and contemporary choir concerts to puppet theatre plays, dance performances, lectures and various exhibitions.

The venue is managed by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, which is since 2010 located in the adjacent former Minorite Convent (also recently reconstructed). Allowing for an audience of approximately 300, the refurbishment of the church as well as the convent has been designed by ATELIERarhitekti.

History

During the reconstruction, the archaeologists discovered that the church was actually quite a bit older (ca. 300 hundred years) than previously presumed. It is now dated to be built sometime in the 12th century on the site that furthermore boasts a far longer history. Some of its Romanesque era foundations (from the time when it was the biggest church in the region) can still be seen, as can its later Gothic permutation that featured the oldest known Gothic portal in Slovenia.

Since then, the church has gone through a series of further changes and “baroquitizations” up until 1784, when it was – under the Josephine reforms – claimed by the army as its barracks and warehouse space. In the 20th century, the building got nationalised and used for storage until left unoccupied in 1990. It remained empty right until its remodelling into an art venue.

The KleT exhibition grounds

As the renovation unearthed a number of artefacts and old tombs beneath the church grounds were discovered, an additional basement floor was added. One can enter it through the convent and there witness the three main layers of the church’s architectural history – its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque features. The crypts and some other remains are also exhibited.

Performing arts venue

Even before 2015, the place served as an occasional venue for alternative scene stage performances during the period when the SNG Maribor was led by Tomaž Pandur, e.g., a vanguard interpretation of the Wedekind’s Lulu directed by Eduard Miler in 1990. Additionally, it was occasionally used for various other occasions such as the Lent Festival, which immediately started to use it again.

The grand opening of the Minorite Church was organised under the auspices of the Festival Maribor in September 2015, with the Egyptian oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros giving the new venue’s baptismal performance. The festival is still running a part of its programme here, with the cellist Nicolas Altstaedt hosted in 2016. The church is also used by the contemporary choral music festival Janus Festival, the Contemporary dance Platform festival, the Maribor Music and Ballet Secondary Conservatory, the famed choir Carmina Slovenica and naturally also the Maribor Puppet Theatre. The latter, for example, utilised it for its site-specific puppet show Pirat in luna, a shadow puppet play by Tin Grabnar. Nevertheless, the core of events shall remain of a more musical nature.

Stolp Photogallery

Maribor

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Fotogalerija Stolp

Židovska 6 SI-2000 , Maribor

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Housed in a 16th-century Jewish Tower in the city of Maribor, Stolp Photogallery was established by Photoclub Maribor as its club exhibition space in 1989.

It annually hosts up to 12 exhibitions of acclaimed or upcoming young Slovene and foreign photographers. Its programme contains mostly solo exhibitions of Slovene artists such as Andrej Furlan, Marko Lipuš, Borut Peterlin, Tomaž Lunder, Matjaž Wenzel, Matjaž Krivic, Branimir Ritonja, Bogo Čerin, Tanja Verlak, Tomaž Gregorič, Matej Sitar, Stojan Kerbler, Bojan Radovič, Andrej Lamut and Sandra Použun as well as artists from abroad: Roberto Kusterle (IT), Orna Lutski (IL), Imre Szabo (RS), Osman Demiri (AL), Christop Grill (AT), Sergiy Lebedynskyy (UA), and many others. A part of the presented artists in chosen by way of an open call, published on the galleries website.

Once a year the group exhibition of the Photoclub members is featured. Further group exhibitions are usually dedicated to artists of other Slovene regions or other countries. It is also one of the venues for the Festival of Photography Maribor.

Collection

The gallery houses a changing permanent collection of photographic works by many great names of Slovene photography, including the unique exhibition Photographs by the Maribor Circle from the early 1970s, which was a milestone in Slovene photography.

Media Nox Gallery

Maribor

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Galerija Media Nox

Židovska 12 SI-2000 , Maribor

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Media Nox Gallery originated as Galerija 88, the first alternative gallery and civil society movement venue in Maribor. Established in 1988 at Orožnova Street, Galerija 88 later became part of the MKC Maribor Youth Culture Centre and was renamed Media Nox in 1998. In 2000 it moved with MKC Maribor Youth Culture Centre to new facilities at Židovska ulica 12.

Media Nox Gallery seeks to showcase the development of new artistic scenes. It presents work of various media, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, and design, mostly through group exhibitions by young emerging artists, theme-related exhibitions, and exchange exhibitions (such as the Maribor/Graz exchange with Austria). It also serves as a venue for lectures, literary events, concerts, and screenings organised by MKC Maribor in cooperation with various cultural organisations.

In the previous years the programme has included an installation by Tacita Dean, sculpture by Franc Purg, jewellery by Lara Bohinc 107, photography by Luciano Kleva, and recent work by Belgrade cartoonists. Recently the gallery has focused on presenting emerging artists including the students of the Faculty of Education, University of Maribor and curated by Mario Berdič.

They also run an Online Shop selling art works from young artist in order to financially help them.

Background

At the end of 2020, it will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Its programmatic and spatial predecessor was Gallery 88. Media Nox, which means midnight in Latin, was the name Nadja Čobal came up with. She was the original creator of the new program design of the Media Nox Gallery. In the first year of its operation, a series of exhibitions were organized by students of the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design, especially postgraduate students, members of the generation that will create the Slovenian art scene in the future (S. Grajfoner, D. Golija, etc.). The initiator’s primary focus was to present as many talented young artists as possible from different backgrounds but also to expose o the public young Maribor artists.

In 1996, together with MKC Maribor Youth Culture Centre, the gallery had to move out of Orožnova Street, and by 2000 it had existed as an online gallery. Since November 2000 has a new gallery space in the Jewish Street. The first exhibition to open new premises was the exhibition of the Maribor Faculty of Pedagogy Department of Pedagogy of Art. The gallery also followed its original goal at the new location, presenting quality local and foreign young artists. In terms of content, it also focused on intermedia exhibitions, digital projects and performances.

Maribox

Maribor

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Maribox

Loška cesta 13 SI-2000, Maribor

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Maribox film screening centre opened in 2017 in former Kolosej Maribor multi-cinema building on the left bank of the Drava River in Maribor. It has 10 cinema halls, 3 of them being 3D screenings halls and offers 10–15 film titles a day.

Background

In 2004 Kolosej Cinemas opened Kolosej Maribor in a new multiplex building in Maribor with ten cinema halls. Since 2006 Kolosej Maribor screened films at a 3D-hall. The building was taken over by Projektor d.d. and changed its name to Maribox in 2017.

Maribor Puppet Theatre

Maribor

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Lutkovno gledališče Maribor

Vojašniški trg 2 SI-2000, Maribor

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Established in 1974, the 22-member Maribor Puppet Theatre is a repertory theatre, staging mainly new works from contemporary Slovene children’s and youth literature. The company performs at its own venue, gives performances around Slovenia and tours abroad.

Since 1990, the theatre organises the Summer Puppet Pier Festival in Maribor and has also hosted several editions of the Slovene Puppetry Biennial. It is engaged in extensive collaboration with festival partners all over Slovenia as well as in Austria and Italy.

Venues

In late 2010, the theatre moved into the reconstructed former Minorite convent on the bank of the Drava River. With 2500 m2 and two stages (320 seats), it became the largest puppet theatre in Slovenia. The reconstruction was designed by ATELIERarhitekti and received the Plečnik Award. Later on, the same studio refurbished the adjacent former Minorite Church into a hall that holds around 300 spectators. The new venue has been managed by the Maribor Puppet Theatre since 2015.

The theatre also organises its own visual arts exhibitions, or hosts those by other partner organisations, in the basement of the Minorite Church and in the lobby of the theatre.

Programme

The theatre produces six premières annually, combined to form a conceptual unity. The repertoire constantly examines and explores the art of puppetry and fuses classical puppet technology with modern approaches. It includes interpretations of domestic and international classical texts but focuses on adaptations of Slovene children’s literature. Although the bulk of the programme is aimed at children, the theatre also produces performances that address young people and adults. The theatre frequently collaborates with acclaimed theatre directors. Apart from regular productions, it also offers a wide variety of additional art education activities and carries out innovative projects in cooperation with various institutions, independent organisations and individuals.

The theatre is often awarded at festivals, such as the Summer Puppet Pier Festival, Mini Summer – International Festival for Children, the Slovene Puppetry Biennial, and appears at international festivals, such as the Austrian Puppet Festival ANIMA, the Festival of Puppet Theatres in Rijeka (HR), etc.