Mini Summer - International Festival for Children


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Mini poletje - Mednarodni festival za otroke
Križevniška 1, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 425 6060
Fax386 (0) 1 425 6061
Organised byMini Theatre
Festival dates19.7.2015 - 16.8.2015
23.6.2016 - 28.8.2016
24.6.2017 - 27.8.2017
23.6.2018 - 2.9.2018
22.6.2019 - 1.9.2019
Robert Waltl, Festival Director, Artistic Director and Programme Selector
Phone386 (0) 31 330 600
Ivica Buljan, Artistic Director
Phone386 (0) 51 364 806

Mini Summer - International Festival for Children 2014 opening.jpg

Organised by Mini Theatre, the Mini Summer - International Festival for Children was launched in 1999 with the aim of animating the streets, squares, and atriums of Ljubljana and the Ljubljana Castle with high-quality puppetry performances and workshops for children. Each year the festival features an international selection of intriguing performances for children of Slovene and international groups, and occasionally also puppet performances for adults, featuring different puppet techniques, concepts, and languages.

International programme

In its 11 years of activity, the festival has gained a high number of spectators of all ages and an international reputation. The biggest and most resounding festival for children in Slovenia, the festival has recently featured puppet theatres from Italy, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Belarus, Belgium, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Chile, Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Germany, and Slovenia, with over 20 groups being invited to each festival. Other international theatres presented at the festival were: Figurentheater Vlinders & Co. (Belgium), Teatro Los Claveles (Spain), Marionetas en Libertad (France), Teatro Neline (Slovakia), The Naive Theatre Liberec (Check Republic), Hazira – Performance Arts Arena (Israel), etc.


Various creative workshops for children (visual arts, multimedia, puppetry, etc.) are conducted and exhibitions of puppets presented. The festival traditionally holds a workshop in chivalry skills, namely, "Pageants School for Young Pages and Dames". The 2009 workshops were organised in the frame of the project "Carol Singing and Related Customs" [Koledovanje in koledniški običaji], supported by EEA and Norway Grants, which also supported the guest appearance of the Belarus theatre Brest Puppet Theatre with the performance Rygorka - the Bright Star.

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