Maribor Theatre Festival
|Festival Borštnikovo srečanje|
|Slovenska 27, SI-2000 Maribor|
|Phone||386 (0) 2 250 6227, 386 (0) 2 250 6100|
|Fax||386 (0) 2 250 6228|
|Organised by||Slovene National Theatre Maribor|
|Festival dates||15.10.2015 - 25.10.2015|
14.10.2016 - 23.10.2016
20.10.2017 - 29.10.2017
19.10.2018 - 28.10.2018
14.10.2019 - 27.10.2019
|Aleš Novak, Festival Director|
|Daša Šprinčnik, Producer and Public Relations|
|Phone||386 (0) 2 250 6148, 386 (0) 31 342 178|
|Špela Lešnik, International Programme Producer|
|Phone||386 (0) 41 743 485|
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The festival took place for the first time in 1966 under the name Slovene Drama Week and was re-named Borštnik Meeting in 1972 (today its Slovene name still being Boršnikovo srečanje, but it has lately come to be known as the Maribor Theatre Festival in English). Prior to 1990 the festival was also held in other Slovene towns; in the 90s there were several unsuccessful attempts to move the festival from Maribor to Ljubljana. Until 1992 all professional Slovene theatres presented at least one production at the festival's competition programme, with independent productions appearing only in the off-programme. Subsequently, the selection became more rigorous, including only the most representative theatre productions. The 1990s saw the protest of numerous independent theatre producers and makers, arguing that with the festival's existing conceptually-closed orientation, it did not present the actual theatre production nor acknowledge the variety of aesthetics, poetics, approaches, and procedures.
On its 45th anniversary the festival was reorganised and internationalised. In addition to the selected Slovene performances by repertory theatres from Maribor, Ljubljana, Nova Gorica, Celje, Kranj, Ptuj, Koper, and Trieste, as well as by a few independent theatre producers, the festival's programme features also international performances. A special Showcase selection is addressed to international professionals who participate also in debates and symposia.
Since 1994, the selector of the festival has been given a two-year mandate. The jury usually comprises four to five persons (critics, directors, writers, theoreticians, artists, etc.). The Borštnik Ring Award recipient is selected by a different jury.
The festival is named after(1858–1919), director, actor, playwright, translator, and the founder of the Slovene artistic theatre. He was the first Slovene theatre director in the modern sense of the word, and a master craftsman of the most demanding roles, especially from turn-of-the-century modernist realism.
Each year, around 10 new performances are presented in the selected competition programme of the Maribor Theatre Festival. These stagings compete for the following Borštnik Awards: best performance, best director, best actor, best young actor, other achievements (set design, costume design, light design, musical score, and other artistic categories), plus a special jury award. At the festival an award of the Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers of Slovenia for best performance is presented, too.
The accompanying non-competitive programme consists of interesting performances of the previous season, often created by a younger generation of authors, whose innovative approaches to making work challenge the established concepts and boundaries of theatre.
A selector and the festival director select also a dozen of Slovene performances for the Showcase for international professionals, a programme showcasing mostly established theatre makers and companies.
The Bridges section presents invited international performances, whereas the Focus programme section devotes special attention to playwriting and theatre of a selected country.
Maribor Theatre Festival presents also the annual young production of the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT).
International symposia and conferences
Each year the festival cooperates closely with the Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers of Slovenia in the organisation of conferences, symposia, round tables, workshops, seminars, and talks, dedicated to relevant topics, such as festival production, criticism, dramaturgy, archiving, intercultural exchange, etc. The festival has also hosted several international symposia and conferences, which were prepared with international partners, such as the International Theatre Institute (ITI) or the international network of theatre critics AICT/IATC.
Digital collections (photo galleries) presenting outstanding authors (e.g. actors who won the Borštnik Ring Award) were compiled by the Slovenian Theatre Institute in collaboration with Novi zato, Prodok teater TV, Slovene theatre houses and regional archives. Further digital galleries present some recent Grand Prix performances, referential documentary photos, video and audio excerpts thus being accessible to wide public on the Sigledal.org - Slovene theatre portal.
Contemporary European Drama book collection
To open the communication and bridge the gap with the international space, the festival has decided to devote special attention to the playwriting and theatre of a selected country. To this purpose, the Contemporary European Drama book collection has been launched in 2011, which has thus far brought translations of contemporary plays written by authors coming from Finland, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Holland, Spain, and Slovakia. The Focus programme features discussions with the playwrights, staged readings (by the students of the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT)), lectures, etc. as well as hosts performances from a selected country.
- Maribor Theatre Festival website
- Slovene National Theatre Maribor website
- Maribor Theatre Festival's E-xhibition archive
- Ignacij Borštnik on Wikipedija (in Slovenian)
- Interview with the festival director Alja Predan from Misli slovensko STA website
- Article in American Theatre October 2011
- Hystrio on Maribor Theatre Festival 2013 (in Italian)
- Focus Spain 2014 in Spanish media (in Spanish)
- Theater Heute article on Maribor Theatre Festival 2014, PDF (in German)