Primorska Summer Festival
|Primorski poletni festival|
|Kampel 1k, SI-6000 Koper-Capodistria|
|Founded by||Primorska Summer Festival Association|
|Managed by||Koper Theatre|
|Festival dates||22.6.2015 - 1.7.2015|
18.6.2016 - 26.6.2016
17.6.2017 - 2.7.2017
16.6.2018 - 7.7.2018
15.5.2019 - 6.7.2019
15.5.2020 - 14.6.2020
|Neva Zajc, Head of Primorska Summer Festival Association|
|Ivan Loboda, Coordinator in Koper Theatre|
|Verdijeva ulica 3, SI-6000 Koper-Capodistria|
During its first decade – when the Koper Theatre was yet non-existent – the Primorska Summer Festival was the only platform for presenting recent productions by Slovene repertory theatres to the audiences of the Slovene coastal region. As such, the festival is in a way the theatre's predecessor.
The festival was co-produced by the Primorska Summer Festival Association in partnership with Koper Theatre, the Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste and Teatro Miela in Trieste/Trst. Today partners are also Teatro Verdi, Trieste, Muggia Teatro, Kino Otok - Isola Cinema Festival, Tartini Festival and Italian Community in Koper-Capodistria.
Up until today, the festival has hosted a huge number of theatre performances, many of them its own productions, an enterprise that's been the festival's staple since its beginning. Alongside the theatre shows the festival also sets up concerts, musicals and even operas.
The festival cooperates with various theatres from the littoral region, some of them coming from the neighbouring towns in Italy and Croatia. These collaborations range from staging the invited performances to producing wholly new works, these occasionally even being multilingual as befits the character of the region. It has also incubated various NGO endeavours, like those of Lutkarnica - Koper Puppetry Studio.
Sometimes, the programme is set somewhat conceptually, and in one of the years, for instance, the festival was dedicated to Molière. Various takes Molière's plays were staged across throughout the festival, also taking place the Slovene National Theatre Maribor. One might here add that in 2017 the festival co-hosted a show with the Maribor based Lent Festival.
Besides presenting its own works and those of Slovene repertory theatres, one of its prime focuses is that of showcasing new works that are being produced in the Balkan region.
More and more the festival is reaching into other artistic fields, also inviting musicians and screening films.
In 2020 a new section of the festival is launched: 6 theatre academies of the ex-Yugoslav region, Great Britain and the Czech Republic present their production during the four days in July. The academy performances presented at the Koper Theatre are accompanied by panel discussions with the aim of sharing knowledge, getting to know new theatre practices and poetics emerging in the region.