Primorska Summer Festival


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Primorski poletni festival
Kampel 1k, SI-6000 Koper-Capodistria
Organised byPrimorska Summer Festival Association
Festival dates22.6.2015 - 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
Neva Zajc, Head of Primorska Summer Festival Association
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The Primorska Summer Festival is an international theatre festival that takes place throughout the coastal region of Slovenia and occasionally also in Italy and Croatia. Launched in 1993, the festival is currently co-produced by the Primorska Summer Festival Association. The partners of the festival are the Koper Theatre, the Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste and Teatro Miela in Trieste/Trst. It takes place both indoors, in various performance venues (among them the Portorož Auditorium), as well as outdoors, utilising the town squares and other ambient-rich locations of the region.

Up until today the festival has hosted about 700 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.


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 main towns of the coastal region and thus also the festival are Koper, Izola, Piran, Portorož, Ankaran, Nova Gorica, and Trieste (Italy).


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.

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