Front@ Contemporary Dance Festival
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.
Thus far, Front@ Contemporary Dance Festival has featured Slovene groups and artists, such as En-Knap Dance Group, Fourklor, Rosana Hribar and Gregor Luštek, etc. and international groups, such as Chris Haring and The Liquid Loft (Austria), Company Pal Frenak (Hungary, France), D.ID/Liz King (Austria), the dance collective Les SlovaKs (Slovakia), Histeria Nova (Croatia), Liberdance (Croatia), Compagnie Coline & Philippe Jamet (France), Debris Company (France), the Zagreb Dance Ensemble, Company Sebastien Ramirez (FR), La Intrusa Danza (ES), Radioballet (HU), Cie Propos (FR), etc. The dancers of the SEAD academy in Salzburg presented the "same, differnece, again" by choreographer Robert Clark who also held dance classes in Murska Sobota.
Workshops and accompanying events
In 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@
Since 2008 festival activities were boosted by funding from the European Commission's Culture 2007–2013 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.
Beyond Front@ has developed into a European dance network that consists of a partnership of Flota Institute (Slovenia), D.ID Dance Identity (Austria), Greenwich Dance (UK), Hrvatski institut za pokret i ples (HIPP, Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance), Pro Progressione (Hungary) and OffenesHausOberwart (OHO, Austria).