Golden Stick Festival


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Festival Zlata paličica
Krekov trg 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 300 0970
Fax386 (0) 1 300 0980
Organised byLjubljana Puppet Theatre
Frequencybiennial (2021)
Festival dates5.10.2015 - 10.10.2015
2.10.2017 - 7.10.2017
1.10.2019 - 6.10.2019
Ajda Rooss, Artistic director of Golden Stick Festival
Phone386 (0) 1 300 0970
Petra Škofic, Public relations
Phone386 (0) 1 548 45 43

Launched in 1985, the Golden Stick Festival is a biannual festival of performing arts for children and young people. Intended to promote children and youth theatre production, it presents the best Slovenian theatre, puppet, music, dance, and experimental performances. It also features international performances and round tables. The festival devotes special attention to the development of special accompanying pedagogical materials.

Golden Stick is organised by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, the Slovenian Theatre Institute and the Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre and presents the Little Golden Stick Awards.

Background and creed

Initially organised by the Theatre for Children and Youth (GOML) at the Španski borci Culture Centre, in 2009 the festival was taken over by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, taking place in different locations in Ljubljana, besides the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre also the Mini Theatre, the Šentjakob Theatre and Cankarjev dom.

One of the festival’s goals is also to present the best of Slovene production to foreign theatre professionals and to maintain and develop relations with local educational institutions. The festival is thus acting as a platform for pedagogues who select contents for kindergartens and schools.

Participants and programme

The selection of Slovene theatre productions include performances by theatres such as Mini Theatre, Maribor Puppet Theatre, Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, Dance Theatre Ljubljana, Koper Theatre, Ptuj City Theatre, Fru Fru Puppet Theatre, Prešeren Theatre Kranj, Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, and ŠKUC Association.

The festival has hosted numerous international theatres, such as Centre Dramatique National d’Alsace, France, Showtheater Holbæk from Denmark, La Baracca Theatre – Testoni Ragazzi from Bologna (IT), Thalias Kompagnons Theater from Nuernberg (DE), and Mala scena Zagreb (CR), City Theatre for the Young GKM Split (CR), Teatret Lampe from Copenhagen (DK), Det Lille Verdens Teater from Virum (DK), Little Theatre Duško Radović from Belgrade (RS), etc.

Part of the festivals programme is included the Mapping. A Map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early years, an international artistic research project focused on creating a sensory-based relationship with very young children, from 0 to 6 years, through performing arts.

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